Ever since I’ve read Angie’s Perfect Opening Lines I wanted to make a list of my own. At first I wanted to share all of my favorite opening lines, but there are so many of them; so today I’ll give you only ominous opening lines. Those that instantly sucked me in and made my heart bit faster in anticipation. All these quotes are from the books I love.
“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted.”
from ‘On the Jellicoe Road’ by Marchetta, Melina
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
from ‘The Scorpio Races’ by Stiefvater, Maggie
“I was raised to marry a monster.”
from ‘Cruel Beauty’ by Hodge, Rosamund
“In all your life, your only choice,” Aunt Léonie said to her once, “is the path of needles or the path of pins.”
Rachelle remembered that, the day that she killed her.
from ‘Crimson Bound’ by Hodge, Rosamund
“My mother loved me more than life itself. That’s how everything went wrong.
I wake with fear prickling at my skin.”
from ‘Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe)’ by Hodge, Rosamund
“He’d buried her alive.”
from ‘Exquisite Captive’ by Demetrios, Heather