Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  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 Closer You Get, by Mary Torjussen.


Book Beginning:  (Prologue)

That last walk down the stairs seemed to be in slow motion.  The carpet was soft and yielding beneath her feet, and she could feel the fresh gloss paint of the handrail as she clutched it for balance.  The late-evening sun shone through the glass door panels, lighting the hallway in a kaleidoscope of colors, and the heavy, sweet scent of roses in the vase on the console table would stay with her forever.


Friday 56:  The front door was on the side road, around the corner from the shop entrance, and Gill pulled out a key ring and opened the door.  Inside there was a small hallway and a set of stairs leading up to the flat.  An unadorned lightbulb hung from the ceiling and she flicked the switch before we both went upstairs.  In the dim light the stairs looked gloomy and the thick carpet was covered in a fine layer of dust.


Synopsis:  Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love—but they’re married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start a new life together. Ruby has wanted to leave her controlling husband for a while, so she tells him she’s leaving and waits at the hotel where she and Harry are to meet. But Harry never shows up.

Suddenly, Ruby has lost everything. Harry won’t answer her calls, and she’s fired from her job. She finds a cheap apartment in a run-down part of town, all the while wondering what happened to Harry.

Just as Ruby thinks she’s hit rock bottom, strange and menacing things start to happen—someone is sneaking into her apartment, and someone is following her home late at night—and she is going to have to fight for her survival.


What do you think?  I plan to be glued to the pages.



  1. Mary Torjussen

    I really hope you enjoy this, Laurel!

    Bea, it doesn’t continue in that style of prose – that’s the prologue. Sorry you weren’t pulled in by it!

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    1. Thanks, Anne, because I live in a senior residence, we are in total lockdown for our protection. I do get a little antsy about not being able to shop, but today I ordered groceries from an app, and they were delivered right away. I liked that.


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