- First Lines Fridays - January 22nd 2021 -
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. . .
19 𝘍𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺 2021
𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦. 𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥-𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦. 𝘈 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘧𝘶𝘭.
𝘐'𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥, 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩 - 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘱.
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦'𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦.
𝘑𝘪𝘮'𝘴 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘳'𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴. 𝘐 𝘯𝘰𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦. 𝘐'𝘮 𝘦𝘹𝘩𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥. 𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘦 - 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺, 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯 - 𝘤𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘥 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭.
𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭, 𝘐 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘋𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘊, 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘻𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘢, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘕𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘴 - 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥.
𝘔𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴.
𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘈𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘢 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘵. 𝘈 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢, 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘭 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘵, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘣 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
𝘈 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘹𝘦𝘴: 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦; 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨; 𝘯𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. 𝘗𝘭𝘶𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳 - 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺.
𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘰, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘯'𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘦, 𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘤𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺'𝘥 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘮𝘦?
𝘠𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘐 𝘢𝘮, 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘥𝘥𝘴.
𝘌𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥.
And the book is . . . .
The Dark by Emma Haughton
Happy F R I D A Y bookfam,
How eerie is this proof copy of what is set to be a truly thrilling read!
How much does that first page capture you?
It gives you a sneak peak as to the vibe of the story and pretty much warns you to expect more.
One dead, Twelve suspects and total darkness whilst surrounded in the freezing Antarctic.
Set to be the most electrifying debut for 2021, you will not want to miss out on this read!
And how gorgeously dark and sinister is my proof copy!!
I had such a great time at the HodderFiction 2021 Showcase last night and after hearing the author speak about this one I just knew it had to be my First Lines Friday pick.
I was so lucky to get sent a copy of this one by the lovely team at Hodder within my goodie box that was sent ahead in time for the event, alongside The Stranding by Kate Sawyer and some yummy popcorn.
Publication date is 5th August 2021 (preorder below)
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How fantastically chilling does this story sound?
Thank you so much @Hodder&Stoughton for this advanced copy.
What do you think?
Does this sound like a book you would love to read?
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Have a great Friday
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