#FirstLinesFriday: 04 November 2022

Happy Friday book lovers! We’re back with another First Lines Friday, 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? Here are the rules:

  • 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!

First lines:

“My mother always said every married woman is a ruined garden.
I remember her saying so as she stroked pencil under her eyes, out towards the edges and up, to make them look dark and wide. I remember the sounds of the other dancing girls, most of them younger than Maman by the time I was old enough to hold on to memories, their giggling and snapping and elbowing each other out of the best spots at the crowded dressing-room mirrors.”

Do you recognise the book these first lines come from?

*drumroll please!*

Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell

In this daring tale of female agency and revenge from a New York Times bestselling author, a girl becomes a teenage vigilante who roams Victorian England using her privilege and power to punish her friends’ abusive suitors and keep other young women safe.

📖 SYNOPSIS

Adele grew up in the shadows–first watching from backstage at her mother’s Parisian dance halls, then wandering around the gloomy, haunted rooms of her father’s manor. When she’s finally sent away to boarding school in London, she’s happy to enter the brightly lit world of society girls and their wealthy suitors.

Yet there are shadows there, too. Many of the men that try to charm Adele’s new friends do so with dark intentions. After a violent assault, she turns to a roguish young con woman for help. Together, they become vigilantes meting out justice. But can Adele save herself from the same fate as those she protects?

With a queer romance at its heart, this lush historical thriller offers readers an irresistible mix of vengeance and empowerment.

Have you read Reader, I Murdered Him or is it also on your TBR?

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