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June 28, 2016 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

Algonquin Books | June 2016 | Hardcover • Kindle | 288 pages


1st Paragraph:
The maze is twenty-five hundred yards square. Destin Management Group planted hedges before they even began construction on the hotel, since plants can’t be paid to hurry like contractors can. The hedges are twelve feet tall, lush, rounded smooth as sanded wood, and currently a dark black green. This is because the hotel is straight and monolithic, a stark white block on a flat stretch of Santa Barbara beach, the kind of building that inspires arguments about whether its simplistic appearance is a great leap forward in design, or whether a child with a crayon and a napkin could have drawn it while waiting for a five-dollar grilled cheese. It’s visible from the Pacific Coast Highway but only just. The driveway is quite long so as to accommodate the hedge maze, which is the size of half a football field, and it is darkening, now, in the hotel’s shadow.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Beside the fact that I love thrillers, this one caught my attention with the comparison to “the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, and with a deep bow to Daphne du Maurier”.


From Goodreads:

Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world–at least those with the means to afford it–will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined that Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours they will be killed off, one by one.


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Source: Advance copy from the publisher.
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  1. laurelrainsnow / Jun 28 2016 12:22 pm

    Ooh, this one sounds intense and very chilling. That cover spooks me a little…lol. Here’s mine: “FLIGHT PATTERNS”


  2. Literary Feline / Jun 28 2016 12:28 pm

    This sounds intense! I would keep reading based on the synopsis although the intro itself didn’t grab me right away.


  3. Diane / Jun 28 2016 2:32 pm

    I need to check this out out. Loved that intro.


  4. Hfineisen / Jun 28 2016 2:47 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this one. Definitely keep reading. Enjoy!


  5. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads) / Jun 28 2016 2:48 pm

    The summary makes me want to read and I’m curious about the attention this maze is given. Girl Who Reads


  6. Vicki / Jun 28 2016 2:50 pm

    Wow! Sounds good, so I’m adding it to my list.


  7. WordsAndPeace / Jun 28 2016 3:08 pm



  8. readerbuzz / Jun 28 2016 3:38 pm

    If you like thrillers, I say yes. For me, thrillers terrify me….I’m still having bad dreams a week after Gone Girl…eek!


  9. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jun 28 2016 9:20 pm

    I would keep reading. The cover does grab the eye.


  10. charliegirlteachergirl / Jun 30 2016 3:47 pm

    Very Agatha Christie! I think I’d keep reading.


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