book beginnings on Friday: Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand

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.

I’ve been sent a copy of Available Dark for review, and have only the back-of-the-book blurb to go on here. It reads, “Photographer Cass Neary is already wanted by the police for questioning when she receives a suspicious job offer that sends her from Helsinki to Iceland… with murder following her every step.” There, now you know as much as I do! We begin:

There had been more trouble, as usual. In November I’d headed north to an island off the coast of Maine, hoping to score an interview that might jump-start the cold wreckage of my career as a photographer, dead for more than thirty years.

Now I’m confused by the Maine setting, as the above blurb led me to think this was another Scandinavian-set thriller (quite the rage, is that setting right now, no?). Maybe Maine is but a brief stop. I’ll let you know eventually!

What are you reading this week?

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

4 Responses

  1. I admire your perseverance in keeping up the blog amidst holiday craziness, work, knee surgery, etc. I’m not up to it — so I’ll just post here instead that my book beginning today is Civilwarland in Bad Decline by George Saunders. He’s one of my favorite fiction writers, even though I don’t normally go for the surreal/weird stuff. And he’s coming to the Key West Literary Seminar next month!

  2. Glad to see a few of us posting this week. You book sounds confusing. Let us know how it proceeds.

  3. Hi Nan, thanks for sharing! I hope we’ll still get a short review of the book at some point; I am intrigued by your short reference. 🙂 And don’t worry, I’m taking the day off tomorrow! (In the meantime, being forcefully off the bike makes blogging that much easier.)

    Welcome jonesjar! Yes, it does at first. I’ll give you a review when I can.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. That cover really catches my eye, and the first lines are intriguing. Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings! 😀

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