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
Adam’s morning was routine. Breakfast—seven o’clock. Shower and get dressed—seven-thirty. Ignore Mum’s warning about being late for school—anywhere between seven and eight. “Adam! Hurry up, you’re going to be late!”
“Nobody knows,” Adam whispered to his reflection, just like every other morning. School mornings or weekends, home or holidays—every morning Adam looked himself in the eye and said, “Nobody knows.”
“Get a move on, love!”
Of course people did. Some people. But nobody outside the family. Nobody in this new life, new place, new school. Especially the new school.
“Coming!” he yelled and frowned at himself in the mirror again. “Nobody knows.”
Nobody outside this family knew. Or ever would.
He grabbed his bag from the landing and hurtled down the stairs at full pelt.
Right before that last warning, at eight-thirty every morning, knock back a pill and stare into the bathroom mirror.
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