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!
Every morning when I wake up to the cries of the baby next door, I turn you on. In the dark of a room that smells of the dog that lived here before, you tell the story of Asha Degree. Nine years old and she walked out of her home with a book bag, in the middle of the night, in the middle of a rainstorm. They forget but you remember. You are the hero of the heroless stories. You will save people; will they save you?
And the book is…….
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier!
Goodreads Synopsis: When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession. Sera loves true crime podcasts. They make her feel empowered in a world where women just like her disappear daily. She’s sure they are preparing her for something. So when Rachel, her favorite podcast host, goes missing, Sera knows it’s time to act. Rachel has always taught her to trust her instincts. Sera follows the clues hidden in the episodes to an isolated ranch outside Rachel’s small hometown to begin her search. She’s convinced her investigation will make Rachel so proud. But the more Sera digs into this unfamiliar world, the more off things start to feel. Because Rachel is not the first woman to vanish from the ranch, and she won’t be the last…Rachel did try to warn her.
I’m not personally a follower of true crime podcasts (Yes, I’m a big chicken), but I know a lot of people who are. I definitely see the appeal, so a book about a true crime fan launching her own investigation has me intrigued! Also, I really love the cover of this book, it’s wonderfully off-putting. One day when I’m feeling like a good mystery/thriller I will definitely be grabbing If I Disappear off my TBR pile!
What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments!