First Paragraph: The Highway
Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.
I’m listening to C.J. Box’s newest novel set in Montana. It’s so gripping. Here’s how it begins:
Lewis and Clark County Montana Sheriff’s Department Investigator Cassandra Dewel winced when a pair of head lights broke over a rise onto a long treeless bench in the foothills of the Big Belt Mountains north of Helena. She was on the worst assignment of her nascent career, and she hoped it would be a failure. If she was successful, her partner — a dark legend, her mentor, named Cody Hoyt — would likely lose his job and go to prison.
When the headlights appeared she was eating from a small box of chocolate-covered cake donuts, playing that stupid game she played with herself. One every hour, just to “keep her energy up.” It had been three hours and the box of twelve was gone.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?