These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.
I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires. Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.
This week I'm spotlighting my current read, Gideon by Alex Gordon. I picked this up a month or two after it was released this past January and I'm just now getting around to it. It sounds like it's exactly like something I'll enjoy - an urban fantasy, horror, mystery. And, the main character is named Lauren! Based on what I've read so far and these snippets, I'm really enjoying it so far.
The day the men of Gideon burned Nicholas Blaine dawned warm. Tom Blaylock worked in his shirtsleeves for the first time since the autumn, binding straw and kindling into loose bundles, then dipping the ends into the bucket at his feet. It held ground herbs, a king's ransom worth, a special blend that Master Cateman himself had procured from family back east. A combination of things, he'd said, to help send the traveler on his way. And to ensure he stayed where he'd been sent.
"Yes, Millie, yes. You are so right." Alice Hoard folded her hands and nodded. "But the wrongful Mistress is still among us. What are we to do?"
"Get rid of her." Billy Petersbury stepped over corpses until he came to Eliza Mullins body. "She'll find a way to get at us from the grave if we don't." He grabbed the ends of the old brown blanket, hefted it, and tossed it over his shoulder. "Break her up and scatter the pieces. Grind her bones to dust.: