Friday, October 8, 2021

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 - October 8th

This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple.

I'm also joining in Book Beginnings on Friday. It's hosted by Rose City Reader

I'm reading this book this week.  The excerpts are from the E-ARC.

First Chapter


Ladies and gentlemen, skulls and boys:  By the time our Halloween block party is over tonight, one of us will be dead.

From 56% on my Kindle...

The mailman had shoved in a parcel instead of hauling up the driveway to drop it at our door.  I wrangled the bag out.  When I saw the return label, I knew immediately what it was.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Never show their feelings.
Never spill their secrets.
Never admit to murder.

The annual Halloween block party is the pinnacle of the year on idyllic suburban cul-de-sac Ivy Woods Drive. An influential group of neighborhood moms—known as the Ivy Five—plans the event for months.

Except the Ivy Five has been four for a long time.

When a new mother moves to town, eager to fit in, the moms see it as an opportunity to make the group whole again. This year’s block party should be the best yet... until the women start receiving anonymous messages threatening to expose the quiet neighborhood’s dark past—and the lengths they’ve gone to hide it.

As secrets seep out and the threats intensify, the Ivy Five must sort the loyal from the disloyal, the good from the bad. They’ll do anything to protect their families. But when a twisted plot is revealed, with dangerous consequences, their steady foundation begins to crumble, leaving only one certainty: after this year’s block party, Ivy Woods Drive will never be the same.

From award-winning author Tara Laskowski, The Mother Next Door is an atmospheric novel of domestic suspense in which the strive for perfection ends in murder…

What do you think?  What are you sharing today?


  1. That is a great opening line, and I'm definitely adding this book to my TBR list. Have a great weekend!

  2. Ooh this gives me grown-up Pretty Little Liars vibes! Which means I'm absolutely onboard with it. Thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to try and get my hands on this one. I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. This one will go to my TBR right now! This is exactly my cup of tea!! Thanks for sharing Yvonne and I hope you will have a good weekend.

    Elza Reads

  4. Ooh, this one sounds so good. I love stories set in the suburbs...and on cul-de-sacs!

    Here's mine: “ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW”

  5. I am going to have to look into this, I would go into it just by the first sentence alone

    Here is my link:

  6. That sounds good. I have always wanted to have a Halloween party, but never have. XO

  7. Oh wow, what a first line! I hope you enjoy this one!!!

  8. That is a fantastic first line and this sounds like a creepy read!

  9. Gripping right from the start! Perfect for spooky season! Happy weekend!


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