> The Things You Can Read: Book Beginnings on Friday: Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke August 9, 2013

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Beginnings on Friday: Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke August 9, 2013

Charles Dickens reads to his daughters Mamie and Kate in the garden at Gad’s Hill, Kent.  1865
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Book Beginnings on Friday
"Katie had been dreaming of the sea." Swimming at Night by
Summary Courtesy of Goodreads:

People go traveling for two reasons: because they are searching for something, or they are running from something.

Katie's world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say that Mia jumped--that her death was a suicide.

Although they'd hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves her orderly, sheltered life in London behind and embarks on a journey to find out the truth. With only the entries in Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life and, page by page, country by country, begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death. . . .

Weaving together the exotic settings and suspenseful twists of Alex Garland's The Beach with a powerful tale of familial love in the spirit of Rosamund Lupton's Sister, Swimming at Night is a fast-paced, accomplished, and gripping debut novel of secrets, loss, and forgiveness.

How about that first line?  Swimming at Night by is the start of an older sister's journey to discover answers about her younger sister's death.  I'm over half way through this one and look forward to finishing it before the weekend.
Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this event every Friday allowing bloggers to share the first sentence of a book that they are  reading and offer some impression of said book!

Does Swimming at Night  grab your attention?  Is it one you'd be interested in reading?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read!

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  1. It is an intriguing opener...it draws me in and makes me wonder about the character.


  2. That first line is beautiful! I love the sea myself as well, so I can sympathise! This novel sounds really interesting, I hope it's not too tragic! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. I've been want to reading this book for ages. There was so much buzz about it when it was published. Hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/08/friday-focus-friday-56-and-book_9.html


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