Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Friday, 30 May 2014

Book Beginnings: Jellybird by Lezanne Clannachan

Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays - The idea is 'to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.' Hash tag #BookBeginnings for twitter and a master linky list on the host's blog.

I'm reading Jellybird by Lezanne Clannachan, published by Orion.

Really enjoying it so far! 

Here's the beginning...

October 2012, Seasalt Holiday Park

Jessica arrives at the caravan park sometime in the night.
'You sure this is the right place?' the taxi driver asks, staring at the closed gates, the blacked-out campsite beyond. 
It belongs to my mother, she could explain, if she were able to dredge up the words. The fare shows up in sharp, red lines but the numbers slip about like oily fish in her head. She hands the driver a note, hoping it's enough, and gets out.'


Have you read this novel? What did you think of it? Do you like the beginning?

Have a great weekend whatever you are reading!


About the book...

'I'm good at secrets,' Libby says. Yes, thinks Jessica, I bet you are... 

Jessica should have everything to make her happy: a loving husband, a growing reputation as a jewellery designer, hope for a family of her own in the future. Then she meets Libby - flattering, attentive - and believes she has found the friendship she missed out on as a child. Until Jessica catches her husband and Libby alone, heads together in whispered collusion.

With her life unravelling, Jessica flees home to the seaside town where she grew up. The discovery of an old postcard among her childhood belongings sends Jessica in search of her first love, Thomas, 'the ghost boy' who disappeared one night 17 years ago. The last time Jessica saw Thomas he was covered in blood and begging her to hide him. Now to find him, Jessica must confront the secrets that link her to Libby, the missing boy and a brutal murder.


  1. Looks to be really good. I tend to really like book that take characters back to their pasts to confront unresolved business. As I get older that kind of story appeals to me more and more.

  2. I have this one on my library queue!! I really liked the sound of it. Like Brian says, there being unresolved problems or secrets from a character's past is an interesting story hook and one that appeals to me.

  3. I haven't read it or seen it on the blogs. I like the title, Jellybird. Never heard of a Jellybird.

  4. I hadn't heard of this but I love books that involve going back into the past. I'll definitely have to add this to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This sounds good to me. Happy reading!

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!


    Here is my Friday 56 post!!

  6. Oh wow - that sounds really good! TFS! Here's mine

  7. It sounds good and I like the cover a lot. Thanks for sharing the beginning on BBOF!


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