Back in May I wrote about the importance of opening a story with a strong hook . Today I received a book to review for the Thomas Nelson program that hooked me in the very first sentence of Chapter 1 by grabbing hold of my imagination and refusing to let go. Because the hook was so effective, I’m breezing through this post so I can go read the book: Faces in the Fire, by T. L. Hines.
Here’s the sentence that I found irresistible: The dead man’s shoes spoke to Kurt long before he wore them.
It may take me a few days to get through the whole book, but you will see my full review within my Book Reviews pages soon. In the meantime, I’ve posted the link to the first chapter in my sidebar. Got to go read now…
EDIT August 16, 2009: I finished the book and posted my review. (It lived up to the first line, in my opinion.) I’m in the process of getting my kids ready to go back to college, but hope to be back to blogging regularly soon.
What are some of your favorite first lines? Do you ever choose to read a story because the first line caught your interest, or does it take more than that to hook you?