First Line Fridays: “Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.

Hello there! Happy Friday!

Today I’m going to be featuring the first couple of lines from my current read, Insurecto by Gina Apostol.


Cubao, Quezon City; and Punta, Santa Ana district, Manila

The Insoluble Puzzle at the Heart of the Labyrinth

For the mystery writer, it is not enough to mourn the dead. One must also study the exit wounds invite the coroner to tea, cloud the mind with ulterior motives.

The translator and mystery writer Magsalin has undertaken (yes, no pun) some of the above at previous incidents. But the insoluble puzzle at the heart of the labyrinth, the secret within the secret, is not hers to bemoan. That is up to the dead man’s kin, who are, fortunately or not, also dead.

I’ve been excited for this one since I got approved for its ARC a couple of months ago. I mean, it’s a book written by a Filipino that touches some of issues, both current and past, that concerns the Philippines. Why wouldn’t I look forward to do this book?!?

I’m only about 25% into the book since I don’t have a lot of time in my hands these days. But so far, so good, though some parts of the story due to the way POVs switch can be confusing. Hopefully I get to finish it within the weekend.

Insurrecto comes out in November 13.



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6 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

  1. Anneliese Dalaba says:

    Today is book launch day for my latest Regency novel, so I’m featuring it on First Line Friday on my blog. However, I am currently reading A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. I will share from the third chapter, which is where I’m at. “It was a grisly kind of day.”

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  2. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy Friday!🍁 Rachel where have you been?😊💕

    My first lines come from Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh….

    This is it, Lyndie. Don’t blow it. Lyndie St. James stood in the hallway of Judson Music Studios, willing herself to open the door. A door that, in the past few months , had come to mean so much, thanks to constant reminders that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!🍁🙃💕

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    • Rachel says:

      Hey, Susan! Happy Friday! Work’s been keeping me busy that’s why I’m not online much these days. Hopefully that changes.

      Your FLF sounds lovely. I need to check it out. 🙂 Happy reading and enjoy the weekend!

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  3. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday!
    This week on my blog I shared The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright but I’m currently reading A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (30) here: “Staying close to the narrow river that now barreled downhill through the valley toward Beit She’an, we kept within the trees as much as possible.” Hope you have a great weekend!


  4. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from Wait for Me by Susan May Warren:

    “He wasn’t looking for trouble, but if Pete didn’t act right now, at least one person was going to die.”


  5. Iola Goulton says:

    That sounds like an intriguing premise. I’ll have to check it out.

    I’m sharing from Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears over on my blog, and I’m currently reading another in the same genre – The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings. Two great books from two great Christian Western romance writers! Here’s the first line from The Lieutenant’s Bargain:

    “If she’d known there were so few washrooms in Indian Territory, Hattie Walker wouldn’t have drunk three cups of coffee at breakfast that morning.”

    Have a great weekend!


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