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!
“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor. If it sliced you, you might not even know you had been cut, not immediately.”
Interested? Keep scrolling to find out which book this is from.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are beings such as ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.
Raise your hand if you knew exactly what the book was before you scrolled.
This book has been on my TBR for almost 10 years, but I finally got around to reading it, and I have to say I loved those first lines. I just finished it, but didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped. I think it was my third Gaiman book, and, while I love his writing, I also hate it a bit. Overall, though, I enjoyed The Graveyard Book, and I’ll be reading more of his books eventually.