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 Final Cut, by S. J. Watson.


Book Beginnings:  (Then: Prologue)

She runs across the moor, as hard and as fast as she can.  The sliver of an old moon hangs above her and, somewhere far behind, the village lights shine anemic yellow.  But she keeps her eyes fixed forward.  She sees nothing but the road ahead and hears only the wheeze of her dry breath and the cawing of the gulls as they swoop and dive.


Friday 56:  But those memories are mine, I thought, they’re all I have.  And was that the journey I must’ve taken to Deal, or some other journey, from before?


A gripping new psychological thriller from S.J. Watson, the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, in which a documentary filmmaker travels to a sleepy fishing village to shoot her new film and encounters a dark mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local girl.

They tried to hide the truth. But the camera never lies…

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.

It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town—and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary. But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay—or does it?


I love this author’s books, so I am eager to keep reading.  What do you think?


16 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “FINAL CUT”

  1. Literary Feline

    My first thought reading the opening was to wonder if she was running from something, to forget something, or just completely lost in thought. I enjoyed Before I Go to Sleep, but haven’t read anything else by Watson. I hope you enjoy this one, Laurel-Rain. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Hi Lorraine,

    I haven’t read of the author’s previous books, so I can’t speak from personal experience. However the reviews and ratings for ‘Final Cut’ do seem to be a bit mixed, although I do prefer to make my own mind up. so taking the premise and your extracts at face value, this is definitely one for my list.

    As it is night, I assume that she is running away from something, or someone, however we get no mention of her hearing anyone following her. Perhaps she has been scared by something and is just trying to put some distance between herself and whatever it is?

    Intriguing and I hope you enjoy unravelling the mystery when you read the book 🙂


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