Let’s celebrate women’s history month with first lines from women’s fiction. First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more?
She immediately knows something is wrong. The door to Marik’s house is ajar, and there is a black car blocking the street just a few meters away.A Train to Moscow by Elena Gorokhova
Rivka’s whole body ached with nostalgia, even though her husband and children were with her in her home town of Nadvorna to celebrate her forty-second birthday.The Jewish Spy (World War II Brave Women Fiction) by Hayuta Katzenelson
The telephone rang and woke me from a dream. I must have been deep in the REM cycle, because I was cognizant of the ringing, but I believed it was part of the dream, so I chose to ignore it.These Tangled Vines by Julianne MacLean
Her husband’s almost home. He’ll catch her this time.The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Elsa Wolcott had spent years in enforced solitude, reading fictional adventures and imagining other lives.The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
On the fifth floor of the Bronzeville Senior Living Facility, I stand outside the smallest room in the world, doing my best to ignore the dropped ceiling and square linoleum tiles, stoking my claustrophobia.Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce
The morning one of the lost twins returned to Mallard, Lou LeBon ran to the diner to break the news, and even now, many years later, everyone remembers the shock of sweaty Lou pushing through the glass doors, chest heaving, neckline darkened with his own efforts.The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
Prologue:Terminal 4 swarms with people, the smell of wet wool and jet fuel thick around me. I wait for her, just inside the glass sliding doors, the frigid winter wind slamming into me whenever they open, and instead force myself to visualize a balmy Puerto Rican breeze, laced with the scent of hibiscus and sea salt.The Last Flight by Julie Clark
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What’s your favorite first line?