One of the challenges a writer faces is how to “hook” readers. The opening lines of a novel cannot ensure the book’s success, but they can ensure its failure. Most readers will not read a book if the opening paragraphs don’t grab their attention. The first line of a novel is very important.
I keep a list of novels’ first lines in my writer’s notebook. The opening sentence I’m sharing with you today is from that list.
“I’m a good liar.” — Pretending to Dance, by Diane Chamberlain.
What’s the first line of a novel that you recall?