Favourite Opening Lines 2017 #Books #AmReading #SundayBlogShare

In no particular order, these are some of the opening lines from books I’ve read over the last twelve months that drew me in.

That Bright Land ~ Terry Roberts

In the summer of 1886 I went down South to find and kill a man. It’s not what I would have chosen, and when I first arrived in the territory, I didn’t want to admit that’s what I was about. Nevertheless, I was well suited to the task – by my past and the shadows it cast in my soul.

My review is here.

High Force ~ LJ Ross

As soon as she awakened, MacKenzie knew he meant to kill her. There was no confused, fumbling recollection of what had happened. On the contrary, she remembered everything with horrifying clarity.

My review is here. 

The Dead City ~ Dylan J Morgan

Strobes of late morning sunlight sliced through the gaping shells of ruined buildings in radiant lances, stabbing a city long since dead.

My review is here

La Petite Boulain ~ G Lawrence

I am not alone. Ghosts and spies surround me. I cannot run, nor hide. Shapes seem to move in the darkness about me.

My review is here

Dead Man’s Blues ~ Ray Celestin

Louis Armstrong ran down the platform as the Panama Limited was departing, his cardboard suitcase in one hand, his cornet case and tickets in the other.

My review is here

Abandon ~ Blake Crouch

Wind rips through the crags a thousand feet above, nothing moving in this godforsaken town, and the mule skinner knows that something is wrong.

My review is here

Bitter Moon ~ Alexandra Sokoloff

It is the moon that wakes her.

It is always the moon that tells her, somehow, that sends the rush of fight-or-flight chemicals into her blood, galvanises her body with a warning of danger, a command to wake and act.

My review is here

Blind Side ~ Jennie Ensor

I’m maybe three or four metres away when he sees me. The gun swings across to point at my face. The barrel opening glints in the sun, a perfect circle.

My review is here. 

Bum Luck ~ Paul Levine

Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.

My review is here

Taming the Highlander ~ May McGoldrick

Death one step in front of her. Death behind.

Innes Munro stood at the edge of the world, and a cold, watery grave lay ready to take her.

My review is here

The Altreian Enigma ~ Richard Phillips

As the bitter wind howls through the night, attempting to prevent me from entering the cavern housing the Altar of the Gods, its chill pulls my breath forth in smoky puffs that I barely notice.

My review is here

Someone Else’s Skin ~ Sarah Hilary

They’ve cordoned off the house by the time she gets home. A uniformed stranger is unwinding police tape, methodically.

Marnie watches from the safety of the car, her fingers icy on the ignition key, the engine running as if she might make a quick getaway, drive past and keep driving…

My review is here. 

In the Blue Hour ~ Elizabeth Hall

The night waited. She could hear the flakes of snow as they pillowed on the ground, heard the hoot of an owl, hidden in the brush of the pines. And somewhere, deep beneath the surface of that heavy silence, she could hear the beating of her own heart.

My review is here

Perfect Remains ~ Helen Fields

He laid out the body with almost fatherly care, stretching each limb wide, allowing the air to circulate freely around her skin. She was ashen but peaceful, her eyelashes bold against the greyness of her face, lips colourless.

My review is here

Broken Dolls ~ James Carol

The last time I saw my father alive he was strapped to a padded prison gurney, arms outstretched like he was about to be crucified.

My review is here

The Devil You Know ~ Terry Tyler

On the rare occasions she’d pondered on such a thing, Dora had imagined the moment of her death to be profound, intense, even beautiful – a flash of joyous memory, a vision of God, the face of her beloved mother welcoming her into the next world.

My review is here

The Safe Room ~ Karen Long

Eleanor Raven had used the room before but not with the same guy. That would have been a mistake and she didn’t make mistakes: there was too much at stake.

My review is here

22 thoughts on “Favourite Opening Lines 2017 #Books #AmReading #SundayBlogShare

  1. I love these posts you do, and thank you so much for including one of mine!

    This shows how important those first pages are; some of these definitely make me want to read more 🙂

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  2. Awesome post, Cathy, and I’m glad you liked my book enough to include it.

    Shelley, I think you should listen to your urges and re-read the book! 🙂

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  3. It’s hard to say exactly but certainly an event or intent, as you say, helps. I think it’s different things that act as a hook and also depends on the reader. Basically, it’s the expectation and the questions – what do those lines mean and wondering what’s going to happen

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