First Lines Friday | 17/09/2021

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!
Today’s first lines:

“John Eamon Buckley didn’t even know his first name until he was already a young man, but such was the timbre of the wake in which he was raised. There were of course countless landmines that had been buried during his upbringing, but as far as he could remember, that was the first one to jump up and take a sizeable bite out of his reality. A decade later, he could still recall hearing it for the first time-the strong, singular syllable dripping from the mouth of some social worker who looked as if she’d been unboxed along with her prefab desk, the building around her cold and gray and still teeming with the ghosts of the police station or madhouse or whatever awful thing it used to be. John? Can I get you some water? How are you doing with all of this, John?”

These first lines are a little different from the ones I shared before but they’re just as interesting! Scroll down to find out which author wrote these lines.

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Winterset Hollow

Title: Winterset Hollow
Author: Jonathan Edward Durham
Pages: 286
Buy Link: AMAZON


Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. Everyone has wished to meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for even a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction . . . especially on Addington Isle.Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends to the place that inspired their favorite book-a timeless tale about a tribe of animals preparing for their yearly end-of-summer festival. But after a series of shocking discoveries, they find that much of what the world believes to be fiction is actually fact, and that the truth behind their beloved story is darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. It’s Barley Day . . . and you’re invited to the hunt.

Winterset Hollow is as thrilling as it is terrifying and as smart as it is surprising. A uniquely original story filled with properly unexpected twists and turns, Winterset Hollow delivers complex, indelible characters and pulse- pounding action as it storms toward an unforgettable climax that will leave you reeling. How do you celebrate Barley Day? You run, friend. You run.

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