Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s VoiceGrab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.) Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)

Between you and me by Lisa Hall


Here's my P56

SAL
Stretching, I yawn and close my eyes. Despite feeling so tired, I know I won't be able to go back to sleep. Maggie is beginning to stir next door, little shuffling noises coming from her room as she fidgets in bed, and it won’t be long before she is up and ready for another day.


BookBeginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Rose City Reader. To participate, share the opening lines and your thoughts about a book you're reading, or about to.



Beginning:
SAL
The first time you hit me it was a shock, but not a surprise. Surely this is the natural progression of things? Starting with he little things, like wanting to know where I’ve been, who I’ve spoken to, escalating to a little push her, and a shove there, until now, when a slap almost feels like a reward - and I’m thankful that it wasn't something worse, that there are no bones broken this time.

Told from two points of view - Charlie’s and Sal's, this is a story about domestic violence, how it affects relationships and how complicated and difficult it is to deal with and end. What I loved about the telling of it was how relatable it is. You find yourself hearing yourself or your other half, and then you stop, horrified. Is that where this could go? Are we capable of that?

Maggie is their small daughter, and you find yourself worrying about her too. And the family, and the neighbours, and just about everyone. This is a page turner of note, and has a wonderful twist towards the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Here’s my review - no spoilers. 



Tell me what you're reading, and I'll pay you a friendly visit. Happy reading everyone.

28 comments:

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds like this would be emotionally hard to read. I am spotlighting Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey this week. Happy reading!

Laura Thomas said...

So dark. I would have to be in just the right mood for it. A topic that should be read though.

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Katherine P said...

This sounds like a hard book to read but a compelling one. Just from the excerpts Sal sounds like a character who is very easy to relate too which I image makes this even more compelling!

Harvee Lau - Book Dilettante said...

These situations are so hard to think about and to read about. Glad you found it worthwhile.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I wouldn't say this would be an enjoyable read, but I'm sure I'd be drawn in. Domestic violence was a familiar theme in the work I did for many years...and while most of my colleagues would steer clear of this kind of read, I seem compelled to read these books. Thanks for sharing...I do want to know more.

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Elizabeth said...

Not sure I could read this, but good to hear you made it through.

Thanks for sharing, and have a good weekend.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Book Beginnings

Breana M. said...

This isn't the kind of book I would normally pick up, but it seems like it could be okay.

Alicia AKernelofNonsense said...

Sounds like a powerful read and probably difficult at times to read. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Heather Fineisen said...

This sounds like a difficult book to read. I would probably pass but hope you enjoy.

karen said...

Probably not something I'd end up reading. It's one of the things I love about these memes, though, as they help me decide what I don't want to read as often as they give me books to add to my TBR :)

LadyD Piano said...

Run girl, run from the abuse!! I could not handle this one and all the drama! Hope you're enjoying the thriller and not letting the details consume you! :-)

Maria said...

This sounds interesting - not sure it's something I could read but it's definitely a topic that needs to be discussed more and dealt with. Thanks for visiting my Friday meme

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I really like the sound of that opening. Makes me want to know what's going to happen.

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fredamans said...

Don't know that I could read this one. Hits too close to home for me. I survived domestic abuse, and when it book, I am very choosy over what I read when it's that topic. I do hope you enjoy it though. Happy Sunday!

Bev Bouwer said...

I hear you - can't be too careful what you read.

Bev Bouwer said...

Thanks - you too

Bev Bouwer said...

Yes, and this was sensitively handled

Bev Bouwer said...

Both Sal and Charlie were compelling characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the book

Bev Bouwer said...

Yes, I agree, but I couldn't help thinking that more should be written on this subject.

Bev Bouwer said...

Thanks for stopping by - totally agree with you.

Bev Bouwer said...

Loved the look of the book you shared too.

Bev Bouwer said...

Thanks for the visit

Bev Bouwer said...

You too!

Bev Bouwer said...

It went quite quickly, so I didn't struggle. But it was emotional.

Bev Bouwer said...

It's a bit of a relief - not one to add to the pile.

Bev Bouwer said...

Thanks! Yes I am. And thanks for the visit.

Bev Bouwer said...

Pleasure - thank you too.

Bev Bouwer said...

Your book looks good too. It was worth a read.