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?