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 new download:  You Can’t Catch Me, by Catherine McKenzie.


Beginning:  (Airport Bars Are the Loneliest Bars)

There’s no real time of day in airports, only morning and drinking time.

I’m sitting in an airport bar.  They’re sad places, I’ve found, full of people who are waiting out flight delays or long layovers—whatever excuse they want to use to drink in the daytime.


Friday 56:  Now we’re going through one of those granite canyons they carved out when they built the highway.  Water runs down the rocks, and it smells like the beginning of time.


Synopsis:  Do you want to play a game?

Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.

Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…

Who will pay the price?


Would you keep reading?  I can’t wait to dive into this one.



  1. Hi Lorraine,

    I guess airports don’t look like this one any more – and they were cold, soulless and impersonal places before covid 19 appeared! I think the author sums them up nicely with the word ‘sad’ actually. Having said all that, even those conditions wouldn’t induce me to drink in the morning.

    A new to me author, although hopefully not for long, as that premise pulled me right in, with identity theft being as prevalent as it is. Many of Catherine’s previous books also sound intriguing, so I guess they will all be heading for my list.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend 🙂


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      1. Yes! Although I was just watching a rerun of last year’s Nurse’s Ball and Shiloh was there. I couldn’t even sit through the episode. I hope new shows come back soon since they are way after the cult.

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