First Line of a Novel

Once a month I blog about the first line in a novel. I started doing that when I thought the first line was the “hook.” I’ve learned that the hook can entail the first paragraph or even the first page of a novel, but I plan to continue to blog about the first line only.

The Risen

The Risen, by Ron Rash

“From the beginning, Ligeia’s ability to appear and disappear seemed magical.” – From The Risen, by Ron Rash.

When I read that sentence for the first time, I had no way of knowing who Ligeia was or that it foreshadowed many appearances and disappearances throughout the book. The line was very clever on Mr. Rash’s part.

The Risen is a coming of age story of two brothers who grew up in Sylva, North Carolina in the Appalachian Mountains and the secret one kept from the other for decades. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so I’ll just leave it at that. If you haven’t given this North Carolina author a try, please do so.

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Until my next blog post in a few days, I wish you a good book to read and, if you’re a writer, I hope you have productive writing time.



2 thoughts on “First Line of a Novel

  1. Thanks for your comment, Patti! I’ve been out-of-town, so I apologize for just now responding to you. I’ve had fun blogging about the first lines of novels, so I’m happy that you’re enjoying my posts. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I appreciate it more than you know.


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