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, 16 May 2014

Book Beginnings: Lacey's House by Joanne Graham

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 Lacey's House by Joanne Graham, published by Legend Press.

Here's the beginning...

She hadn't spoken to her father in years. The silence had expanded to fill every room in the house until it was a tangible, solid thing that they had to push past whenever they moved. A plate of food would be placed in front of him as he sat at the dinner table, his laundry gathered unrequested, his boots tidied away into the hallway, his medical bag prepared. But not once did she open her mouth to speak, not once did she so much as look at him. 


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...

Lacey Carmichael leads a solitary life. To her neighbours she is the mad old woman who lives at the end of the lane, crazy but harmless.

Until she is arrested on suspicion of murder.

When Rachel Moore arrives in the village, escaping her own demons, the two women form an unlikely bond. Unravelling in each other tales of loss and heartache, they become friends. Rachel sees beyond the rumours, believing in her innocence, but as details of Lacey's life are revealed, Rachel is left questioning where the truth really lies.


  1. Liking the sound of Lacey Carmichael, she sounds like the kind of eccentric character I really enjoy.

  2. I love that beginning! Thanks for sharing! Here is my beginning at Shut Up & Read. (New follower!)

  3. An emotional intro! This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it. Have a great weekend!
    Happy Reading,

  4. I can't imagine living in the same house as someone and not speaking to each other for years. I'd read on to find out more about that kind of existence. Thanks for posting the synopsis too. This sounds like a good story.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: DARLIN' IRISH.

  5. This is an intriguing and enigmatic beginning. I agree with Sandra, the situation described is difficult to understand and I want to know more.

  6. Reading that beginning, I would keep reading.....

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!

    Here is my Friday 56post!!

  7. You reminded me about this one which is on my kindle in your WWW - I like the beginning too.


  8. I've totally forgotten about this book. I downloaded a dirt cheap version last year and had the feeling I'd really love it. Now it's somewhere hiiden on the kindle. Thanks for reminding me. I'm looking forward to the review.

  9. Intriguing start...I want to know more.

    My Friday post:

  10. I’ve not read it, but the beginning sounds interesting.
    I’m reading Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. I love her books and am gradually making my way through them all.
    Have a great weekend, Barbara x

  11. Sounds sad but interesting.

    I do love the cover.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  12. I've never heard of this one but it sounds like an interesting read. That intro is definitely attention grabbing! TI definitely want to see what happens next.


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