First Lines Friday: 20th November

The rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) 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!

I opened my eyes.
To dark. Black as arctic winter.
Am I dead?

I happen to think these are some of the most exciting first lines I’ve posted to date.  Read on to find out which book this extract is from…



206 Bones by Kathy Reichs


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When Dr Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress, a routine case swiftly turns sinister. But before Tempe can get to the one man with the information she needs, he turns up dead.

Have you read this book?  Have you ever chosen to read a book based purely on an extract, nothing more?  Share your experiences!

Also, if you want to try First Lines Fridays yourself, copy and paste the rules above and tag me, so I can take a look!

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  1. 20th November 2015 / 7:11 pm

    That is an interesting opening to a book. I want to know more about it. I haven’t read any of the Temperance Brennan novels, but I have read her YA Virals series, and I’m pretty sure they have really interesting opening lines, too. I just can’t remember any of them right now.

    Thanks for stopping by Writing on a Vintage Typewriter!

    • 20th November 2015 / 7:18 pm

      I haven’t read any either – this one has been on my TBR for a while! I haven’t heard of the Virals series, so I’ll have to check that out. I am familiar with the characters from the Bones TV series, and judging by this opening, the books should be just as good!

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  2. 13th August 2021 / 10:28 pm

    I haven’t read anything by her in a long time, but I remember her books was gripping!