Where the Memories Lie, by Sibel Hodge (Thomas & Mercer, Sept. 2015). Opening lines:
'What lies have you told recently, Mum?' Anna walks into the kitchen and slaps some textbooks down on the table.
In the middle of cutting up some peppers on a chopping board, I swing around with fear, my heart banging.
What does she know? She can't have found out the truth, surely.
I like it. No long expository passages. There you are, immediately, right in the middle of the mysterious stuff. The story has begun. Excellent.
So, how about you? Would this be enough to keep you reading? Or would you prefer a little more explanation in a book's first lines?
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.