First Five Friday 6/11

Hello and welcome to First Five Friday!

When writing a novel, authors are advised to make the first five lines pop. These are what need to catch the reader’s attention from the get go. So, each Friday, I shall share with you the first five lines from a book that caught my attention, and then I’ll do a bit of show and tell, where I make up Five First Lines on the spot. Feel free to comment, and leave Five Lines of your own! 🙂 If you have read a book where the opening lines impressed you, please do share! For any books I post on First Five Friday, you will find the UK Amazon link in the title link, and the US Amazon link by clicking on the book cover.

Last time, we looked at First Five Lines from Sibel Hodge. This week we have the opening lines from There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer by author Michael Lynes.

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These opening lines strike me as deeply personal, and I feel an immediate connection with the narrator. Already, before he has even introduced me to his child or family, I feel like I know them, and I want it all to be okay, even though I know from just the title alone that it isn’t going to be. These first lines are engaging, honest, and flow beautifully. I want to read more.


The best books lure you inside, and then slam the door shut behind you. 

Okay, time for me to write Five First Lines for today:

‘I don’t do Halloween.’

‘Of course you do–everyone does Halloween.’

‘I don’t do Halloween.’

‘How screwed up are you?’

‘You’re about to find out, honey.’

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to come lurk in my lair next Friday, where we’ll have more Five First Lines! 🙂 

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Michael Lynes

Thank so very much Harmony! I had no idea that you hosted this forum, it’s quite interesting and I want to explore some of the other ‘five liners’ as it were.

Thank you for including us and best regards,

Michael & Margaret Lynes