So, what’s it about?
First Line Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.
I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books
How it works?
• Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
• Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!
• Finally…reveal the book!
“A lot of people have a fear of small spaces. Elevators, photo booths, changing rooms in clothing stores. Hedge mazes, enclosed water slides, narrow staircases, walk in wadrobes. I mean, I get it ——I avoid those things too. I can’t even lie in a bathtub without thrashing like a netted salmon. But sometimes I think the small space I fear the most is the one inside my own head”
MY THOUGHTS: At first I thought it was you’re pretty normal an dcliche beginning to a thriller, but that last line really hooked me and now I’m intrigued, it’s common to have claustraphobia, and it’s common to have MI’s, but I’m always interested in reading about them and seeing if they’ve been done justice, that line makes me think perhaps the Main Character has a Mental Illness. Wishful thinking on my part? to get some representation? perhaps.
AND THE BOOK IS…
SMALL SPACES BY SARAH EPSTEIN
We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.
Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing.
As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?
So, did the first few lines hook you? tell me below!
until next time,