Hey awesome readers, it’s time for another First Lines Fridays, a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words that I discovered over at One More Chapter (be sure to check them both out). What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, you are welcome to use or edit my banner, and follow the rules below:
- 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!
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Here we go…
“Alice Jacobs stood at the edge of the wharf and stared at the sea in horror. Thousands of bones were washing ashore.”
These are the first lines from the following book…
All Hallows Eve by Michael Penning
Genres: Supernatural, Paranormal, Thriller, Horror, Witches, Ghosts
A century after the witch trials, Salem is still not without its witches.
Alice Jacobs doesn’t believe in ghosts… until her daughter is taken by one. When her husband disappears while investigating a series of strange and terrible incidents in the bustling seaport of Salem, Alice is forced to bring her young daughter, Abigail, along from Boston while she takes up the search. But she soon learns of a terrible prophecy that has the entire town bracing for nightfall: one hundred years after being hanged for witchcraft, the vengeful spirit of Rebecca Hale will rise from hell on All Hallows’ Eve to claim the souls of Salem’s children.
Alice dismisses the old legend as foolish superstition… until Abigail is snatched from her bed by a sinister woman made of smoke and mist.
Desperate to find her daughter before the sun rises and she is lost forever, Alice races against time on a spine-chilling adventure that takes her from forgotten dungeons and gloomy cemeteries to the haunted forests of Gallows Hill. Along with Jonas Hobbes—a roguish sailor searching for his own missing child—she battles deadly supernatural forces and uncovers a dark secret that may be the key to saving Abigail’s soul… if only she can survive the most terrifying night of her life.
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