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!
Please comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out!
This is how it begins.
A woman stands on a station platform, a suitcase in her right hand, in her left a yellow handkerchief, with which she is dabbing at her face.
Read on to find out which book this extract is from…
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.
Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva’s then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting.
I picked this book up from the library the other day. I’d seen it reviewed a few times and thought the premise was interesting. This isn’t exactly an original idea, but it sounds good nonetheless and the first page gripped me! I also really like the little drawings of bicycles on the inside cover…
Don’t forget to check out more First Lines Fridays posts in the archive!
What’s everyone else reading this week?