The first line of a book can be as mouth-watering as a ripe fig, and you don’t want to finish it all in one bite. Here are some delectable examples.
The young boys came early to the hanging. (Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett);
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. (Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier);
Dennis Lenahan the high diver would tell people that if you put a fifty-cent piece on the floor and looked down at it, that’s what the tank looked like from the top of that eighty-foot steel ladder. (Tishomingo Blues, Elmore Leonard);
Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendleton’s teeth fell out. (Sour Candy, Kealan Patrick Burke).
And my offering: I wake on the beach and discover I’m naked. (The Second Path, Virginia King).