Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Beginnings: The Monster in the Box

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme with this theme: 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.

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The first two sentences in the book I am currently reading are:

He had never told anyone. The strange relationship, if it could be called that, had gone on for years, decades, and he had never breathed a word about it.

The book is The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell.

This is the 22nd book in the Inspector Wexford series and it is the next to the last in the series (so far). So I am nearly done with this series. And then I am going to start all over again, since I have all the books. (Actually, I have already read the first book in the series, From Doon with Death, for the second time, and am ready to read the second one.)

In this book, Wexford is nearing the end of his career as a policeman, and he is remembering back to a case at the beginning of his career and a man who has haunted him all these years. I am not far into the book but I can already tell that the story will be a compelling one. I hope so.


JC Jones said...

I love series and really love them when there are a lot of book already published when I discover them. Here is my post:

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Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I like good book openings though it won't influence my opinion of the book and I'll still read it one way or the other. The openings lines of A TALE OF TWO CITIES is one of my favourite opening lines.

Bev Hankins said...

I love the Wexford books...haven't gotten to this one yet. I'm wondering what the strange relationship is.

Here's my Friday Post

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

This series has finally percolated up to the top of my reader radar. I have the audio of From Doon with Death loaded on my iPod, ready to go. And I just got one of her stand alone books to read over Christmas. I am excited to "discover" a new author. :)

Thanks for including your post on Book Beginnings!

Brona said...

Sounds intiguing and I love the cover art - very atmospheric.

Anonymous said...

Tracy - Oh, in my opinion it is a compelling book. I hope you'll enjoy it. I like this series very much and this one's a good addition to it I think.

Peggy Ann said...

So glad to hear it is compelling! I have it on the shelf to read!