book beginnings on Friday: The Coldest Fear by Rick Reed

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

The Coldest Fear is the latest crime thriller from the author of The Cruelest Cut.



It begins:

Snow hung heavy in the branches of Scotch pine and cedar trees, and where it hadn’t turned to slush, the land was covered in a foot of snow. The storm had surprised everyone, and as the tall, dark-haired young man stepped off the bus in the town’s center he could hear generators humming in every direction.

Almost a classic “it was a dark and stormy night” start, but more original; it makes me already want to know more about this young man of the hair so dark. All right, I’m in, Reed.

What are you reading this weekend?

This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

8 Responses

  1. This sounds really good. I haven’t read a crime thriller in quite awhile, but I always loved them.

  2. It’s my #1 genre for sure! 🙂 I do read a lot of different kinds of books, but for pure genre pleasure it’s always mystery/thriller for me.

  3. I like that opener. It does show us the setting immediately, and then introduces the mysterious character. Thanks!


  4. That sounds like a great start!

  5. I hope you aren’t offended. But this opening line reminds me of the contest where people try to win for having the worst opening line such as: “It was a dark and stormy night…” They are the BLFC Awards. Take a look and see if you don’t agree with me.

    My Head is Full of Books

  6. Hahaha – no Anne, not offended, I didn’t write the thing! Your opinion is welcome! I didn’t hate it but you certainly may 🙂

  7. This sounds like my sort of book! It reminds me of my Book Beginnings post last week, which also included snowy weather in its opening. It sounds like a really good read from an author I hadn’t heard of, so I’ll look into it. Thankyou!

  8. That’s a good beginning. Make snow seem a lot more mysterious than it really is 🙂

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