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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

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 one of my current reads, The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín.  I stumbled upon a sampler of this book at Barnes & Noble a few months ago and I impressed by what I saw, so as soon as it became available through the library I knew I had to get my hands on a copy.  I'm not that far along in the story yet, but so far I'm going to say that you may like this if you also like The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater, or The Gentleman with the Thistle Down Hair from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.


On her tenth birthday Nessa overhears an argument in her parents' bedroom.  She knows nothing about the Three Minutes yet.  How could she?  The whole of society is working to keep its children innocent.  She plays with her dolls.  She believes the lies about her brother, and when her parents tuck her into bed at night - her grinning dad, her fussy mam - they show her only love.


Two and a half minutes.

Conor removes his jacket.  "He'll be cold when he return," he says confidently.  "Everybody step back from his chair."

And then the second hand of the clock on the wall passes the three-minute mark and the last four seconds seem to hang in the air.

This week I'm also taking part in a brand new linkup called 50/50 Friday, which is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they'll have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - this week the topic is Book to the big screen/ Never to the big screen.

Book to the Big Screen:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - I just saw this movie adaptation at the theater on Wednesday (look for my upcoming review).  I liked it and Emily Blunt gives a fantastic performance as Rachel, but it wasn't quite as thrilling as I would have liked it to be.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - I was really hooked by this claustrophobic mystery/ thriller and I would definitely like to see it done on the big screen some day.


  1. The Call seems kind of interesting. Enjoy the book! :-)

  2. I haven't read The Woman in Cabin 10 yet but it definitely looks like it would make a good movie!
    Here's my Friday Reads

  3. All the books look like winners.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. Omg The Call is like THE RAVEN CYCLE?!?! *screams* That's only my favourite series ever!! I have it for review but I kind of hadn't heard anything so wasn't too keen. Now I 10000% am.😂

    1. Woo!! The writing definitely reminds me of it in a way. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

  5. You compared this to some great reads. Now I'm intrigued! LOL

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  6. I am going to have to try The Call. So far I've avoided The Girl on the Train. I'm fearful that it will be too much like Gone Girl and I really ended up hating that book (I know - I'm probably in the minority). The Woman in Cabin 10 is a great read. Cool post!

    1. The two are quite different, but the style itself is similar.

      Hope you like it! :)

  7. Not sure if it's my kind of read, but I hope you love it! I'd love for you and your readers to check out my BB and Friday 56

  8. You definitely have me curious. I like your comparisons to the book, that probably pulled me in more than the snippets. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  9. Okay so you have me hooked on The Call since I loved the Gentleman with Thistle Down Hair (I loved everything about that book TBH). Adding it to my TBR as I type.

  10. I have The Call and I have peaked at it and it interested me what I read. :) Hoping to read it soon.

    Friday Meme

  11. That really sucks that Girl On The Train wasn't as thrilling as you thought it would be. I read the book a couple of weeks ago because I saw the movie trailer and it looked really good. I have to say, the best part of that book is the suspense and the pieces you put together and that final crazy scene at the end! If the movie doesn't do that justice, I think I'll hesitate to see it. The book was just so good! Thanks for taking part in 50/50 Friday, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. You might just want to wait until it comes out on dvd. :)

  12. I haven't heard of The Call before, but I love The Raven Cycle, so I might have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I believe I've heard of this author before. I'm going to have to look into it since you said fans of the Raven Cycle might like it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'll definitely have to try more by the author. I hope you will enjoy it when you get there! :)

  14. Thanks for linking up!
    Yeah, The Girl on the Train could have been so much better...

    Carrie @The Butterfly Reader


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