First Lines Fridays was 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 night was a thin skin of stars and prophecy, the full moon unnaturally bright. All evening he’d felt a presence, as if someone or something was following him, but when he looked around there was no-one there.
Catch the Moon, Mary
by Wendy Waters
Publication: January 26, 2022
A magical story about a gifted, vulnerable girl who is both saved and damned by an angel who falls in love with her music and claims it in a devilish pact. With Mary in his thrall, he ruthlessly kills all those who threaten his grand plan to bring Mary to Carnegie Hall where her talent will be hailed as supreme.
Mary Granger grows up shackled to a redeemer-murderer. How can she save her music and herself?
Ghost story, horror story, thriller, fantasy, fairy tale noir–this novel defies classification in its originality and exuberance. (Goodreads)
I started this not too long ago, and I’m still at the beginning but I love the descriptions and the tone Waters has set so far. What do you think of the first lines? Does this sound like something you would want to pick up?