First Lines Friday- 11 February 2022

First Lines Friday 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?

This week’s First Lines Friday book was released back in April 2020!

First Lines


“The Capital lay deep in stillness. By morning the dirt road usually clamored with life outside Changdeok Palace: women crowding fish stalls, farmers carrying produce, scholars garbed in silk robes, and monks with prayer beads strung around their necks. And there would always be a mob of children, faces burnt and glistening in the sticky heat, chasing one another down the street. But not today.”


And the book is…….

The Silence of Bones by June Hur!

Cover of The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Synopsis: I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak; Ears, but I mustn’t hear; Eyes, but I mustn’t see. 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

“May you live in interesting times” is an insidious threat, and it piqued my interest immediately. I’ve heard nothing but good things about June Hur, and all of her books are on my TBR. This historical mystery has the potential to be a major page-turner, and I look forward to reading it!

Already read The Silence of Bones? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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