Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a recent download:  The People at Number 9, by Felicity Everett, ” a compelling and easily readable tale of our times…”




Beginning:  Sara’s gaze drifted toward the window.  It was dark outside now, and she could see her own reflection superimposed like a hologram on the house across the road.  Their curtains were half-closed but the cold blue flicker of the TV could just be seen.  She imagined Gavin lounging in the Eames chair with a glass of red, Lou lolling barefoot on the sofa.


56%:  Ezra stared at her and she wondered whether he had read her manuscript yet, or if he even knew who she was.  She glanced at Lou, for for moral support, but her friend had started leafing through Sara’s resources file and didn’t seem to be listening.


Synopsis:  Meet the new neighbours. Whose side are you on?

Have you met the People at Number 9?

Sara and Neil have new neighbours in their street. Glamorous and chaotic, Gav and Lou make Sara’s life seem dull. As the two couples become friends, sharing suppers, red wine and childcare, it seems a perfect couples-match. But the more Sara sees of Gav and Lou, the more she longs to change her own life. But those changes will come at a price.


What do you think?  Does it grab you?



  1. I read this one and liked it well enough. I wasn’t overly pleased with it. I’m wondering if I’ve read too many of these ‘domestic noir’ books. Thinking it might be time to change it up a bit. I’ve begun to be so exasperated with many of the characters. LOL

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  3. I’ve read this book and I really enjoyed it but it is a slow-burn so I’m not sure that I’d have rushed to read it on based on the opening paragraph. But it is absolutely worth reading, it’s such a great look at envy and wanting to be like someone else. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you read it.

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