First Lines Friday - 21st August
First Lines Fridays is my weekly feature for all you bookworms out there in need a little inspiration.
I have been posting these over on Instagram for a while but decided to further my reach.
Each Friday I will attempt to hook you in by posting the first handful of lines of a book that I recommend for you all to read, this way I can allow the story to grab you with the magic of its opening lines rather then an eye grabbing cover or a catchy blurb adorning the back.
Then I will reveal the book and include purchase links at the end.
The first lines of this week's chosen book are. . .
“𝘈𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘏𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬.
𝘈𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘢𝘳; 𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘦, 𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘦, 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘫𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘣, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘸.
𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘦”
And the book is . . . .
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
I am so excited to share with you the first few lines to Stuart Turton’s new novel The Devil & the Dark Water!
I absolutely loved this mystery read and can not recommend enough his first story The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
The synopsis is below 👇🏻
The Devil and the Dark Water
An impossible murder A remarkable detective duo A demon who may or may not exist
It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.
But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night.
And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles.
First: an impossible pursuit.
Second: an impossible theft.
Third: an impossible murder.
Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.
What do you think?
Does this sound like a book you would love to read?
Let me know in the comments below ↓
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