Tuesday, October 18, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday: The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Diane over at Bibiophile by the Sea. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Diane's blog, or simple check it out to find more new books to read!

I decided to go with a First Chapter Tuesday today because I wanted to jump more into the Halloween spirit with a ghost story! I'm not generally a big fan of horror stories, but I've been extra excited for the fall and Halloween season this year, so I am celebrating by reading a multitude of perfect Halloween books. I started The Harrowing over the weekend, and while it isn't anything groundbreaking, it is still a classic, enjoyable ghost story about five college students who begin to have supernatural experiences.

The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff

The Harrowing

Chapter 1

"It had been raining since perhaps the beginning of time.
In the top tier of the cavernous psychology hall, Robin Stone had long since gven up on the lecture. She sat hunched in her seat, staring out arched windows at the downpour; feeling dreamily disconnected from the elemental violence outside, despite the fact that every few minutes the wind shook the building hard enough to rattle the glass of the windowpanes."

Read the Goodreads summary here!

What do you think? Would you keep reading? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 
If you're enticed by this chapter, be sure to check out the full synopsis on Goodreads!

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. The intro doesn't grab me as much as your enthusiasm does. Sounds like a good Halloween read, as you say. Here's the intro and teaser for my Tuesday offering: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1i9

  2. I wonder why she is so disconnected? Great opening...thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THE LONDON TRAIN”

  3. The beginning paragraph definitely sets a dark, gloomy scene. I especially like the opening sentence. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and I can relate!
    My Tuesday post features ARE YOU THERE, ERMA? IT’S ME, GAYLE.

  4. I have enjoyed Alexandra Sokoloff's thrillers and think I might like this one too! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I don't normally read Horror, but I do like the mood the first paragraph is setting. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween.