First Line Fridays #5

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!

The first lines of this week are:

I stood on the threshold of my room, my hand on the door knob. A man was inside. He leaped to his feet, the long roll of paper he was holding open on the bed springing closed and tumbling to the floor. It was not my bed he was using – that remained where it was against the wall. The situation was far worse than that: the truckle bed that lay beneath it had been pulled out, and set up opposite. A mattress had been dragged up from one of the store rooms, and the bed neatly made. A stove-pipe hat, new, obviously, and precious, sat on the pillow.


These questions instantly came to me when reading this:

  • Who’s the ‘I’ in this book?
  • Who is the unknown man in the room?
  • Where are they, if there are store rooms for mattresses?

What are your first impressions on reading these lines? Would they entice you to read on?


Some clues about the book:

  • It’s the first in a series
  • The author works as a university lecturer in Edinburgh
  • It’s described as a thriller!


Ready for the cover reveal?

Beloved Poison, by E. S. Thomson (2016)

Was this what you were expecting from those first lines?

I have to confess, I started reading this book last year and haven’t got around to finishing it yet. The bit I did read was very good so hopefully that will continue!

What are you reading at the moment? Have any first lines captivated you recently?

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