It’s time for another, First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Thank you to Yvonne, from Socrates’ Book Reviews who has started hosting this meme. As a reminder this is your chance to post a bit from a book that you are reading or planning to read. My entry comes from a book I started reading this weekend.
“Dylan was six hours old when I noticed a mark behind his left ear the size of a thumbprint. I lay on one side, watching him, my free arm curled protectively across his body. I watched his perfect lips quiver a breath, and I traced my gaze across his cheeks and round the whorls of ears still too new to have found their shape. And then I saw a thumbprint the color of milky tea, and I smiled because here was something totally new and yet completely familiar. He’s got your birthmark.
From a bit further down the page…
“There’s a low keening from somewhere on the ward; an accompanying murmur from a parent up as late as I am. I hear the squeak of rubber shoes in the corridor, and the bible of the water cooler releasing a dose, before the shoes take it back to the ward. I rest a hand gently on Dylan’s forehead, and stroke it upwards. His hair growing back in fair wisps, like when he was a baby, and I wonder if it’ll still be curly. I wonder if it’ll turn brown again, like it did when he hit two. I trace a finger down his nose, careful not to touchtone narrow tube that snakes into one nostril and into his stomach.”
After The End by Clare Mackintosh
I first discovered this author a couple of years ago and have since read two of her books, I See You and I Let You Go, which were really good suspense reads. This one on the other hand, is a family story about what happens to a couple when their child is diagnosed with cancer.
What do you think, would you give this book a try?