First Lines Friday: 17th February

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

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It had certainly been a wild end to the autumn.  On the Heath a gale stripped the glorious blaze of colour from Kenwood to Parliament Hill in a matter of hours, leaving several old oaks and beeches dead.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…




The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney

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Two brothers. One mute, the other his life long protector.

Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desparate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. They cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end…

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care.

But then the child’s body is found.

And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.

I don’t know how exactly, but I picked up this book thinking it would be just a piece of general fiction about two brothers and a mystery.  In fact, I can be quoted somewhere saying, “oh, I am hoping it will have similarities to The Shock of the Fall“.  Wrong.  This book is a horror story.  I’m so glad I found that out before I continued reading it at 11pm in bed.  As for the story itself, it is wonderfully descriptive, though it is a little slow waiting for the action to start – I’m 50 pages in and a whole lot of not-very-much has happened so far.  But this story won the 2015 Costa Book Awards, so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Read this book?  What are your thoughts on it?

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  1. 18th February 2017 / 12:59 am

    I love this meme so much! I just participated for the first time 🙂