I dried my eye out yesterday. The one I had Lasik done on. The reason? I couldn't put a book down for two days.
Here's the opening lines from The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold:
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
It isn't a Christian book but not all the ones I read are but when I read that first line, I was hooked. I loved her name, I loved that something already had happened to her and I wanted to know why, and I loved the era because I graduated that year.
Rarely do the first few lines of a book pull me in so much. And rarely do I read a book straight through.
It makes me think about the hooks I've used on my short stories and books. Are they strong enough? Do they grab the reader and promise a great ride?
Some have. Some haven't. Makes me think I need to really look at them closer.
How about yours? What's one of your strongest opening lines?