First Line Fridays #4

Hi all! Time for another First Line Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
• Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
• Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
• Finally… reveal the book!

So this week’s first lines are:

Friday 13 February 1959
My darling Elvira,
I do not know where to begin.
You are just a little girl, and it is so hard to explain in words that you will understand why I am choosing to leave this life, and you, behind.


I can’t be the only one who wasn’t expecting that. Who is speaking? What has led them to such a decision? Is Elvira their daughter? Their ssister?
Lots of questions to begin the story with!


Here’s some information about the book before I reveal what it is:

  • Already available on Kindle, this book will be published in paperback this year (4th April)
  • It’s about a relatively unknown aspect of recent British history
  • This is a debut novel.


Ready for the reveal?
Let’s see which book these first lines belong to:

The Girl in the Letter, by Emily Gunnis.

This looks like a fantastic read: emotional, but powerful and still so resonant with the world today. This copy was gifted to me as part of the goody-bag at the Headline New Voice event (full write up here). I can’t wait to read the full story!

Thanks for joining me for another First Line Friday! What first lines have drawn you to books recently?

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