Hi SE Readers. Hope the New Year is starting out right for you. It’s the first Friday of the month (and the year), and that means it’s time for another Five for Friday post.
Recently, Staci Troilo shared about the importance of grabbing the reader in the opening paragraph, or if possible, the opening line. (Click here to read her post.) I had already been thinking about opening lines. Today I’m going to share the opening of five novels. Except for one book, I read these novels more than ten years ago. Obviously, they caught my attention.
The hell of it was that it couldn’t have been a better day for flying. Mirror Image by Sandra Brown
Right away, I think there will be a plane crash, and that opens up a realm of possibilities. Who dies? What happens to the heroine? From the title, I assume she has a look alike.
I cannot believe I am standing in the exact spot where I was standing when I killed my mother. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
Okay, enough said. Written in first person present, we know the main character killed her mother. Or did she?
Down to the last day, even the last hour now. I’m an old man, lonely and unloved, sick and hurting and tired of living. I am ready for the hereafter; it has to be better than this. The Testament by John Gresham
The Testament is probably my favorite book by this author. The opening lines tell me an old man is about to end his life. What will happen next?
Dead bodies have a way of changing everything. When Night Comes by Dan Walsh
It goes without saying someone is about to find a body. And since I like murder mysteries, the opening line intrigued me.
I know about Masenier because I was there. I seen him die. Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
I learned of Gap Creek through a friend who was reading it. She recommended the book, and when I read the first paragraph, I was hooked. Not only does the opening tell me the main character witnessed a death, but it also says a bit about the person because the author used dialect.
Granted, the editor in me would have rephrased a couple of these lines. But when you’re a New York Times bestselling author, you can get by with not so perfect grammar.
Now it’s your turn. Would you read any of these books based on the opening? What are some opening lines of books that captured your attention? Please share in the comments.