First Lines Friday – 7/17/20


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, on your TBR, a past read…any book you’d like) 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!


First Lines…

The year that Bibi Blair turned ten, which was twelve years before Death came calling on her, the sky was a grim vault of sorrow nearly every day from January through mid-March, and the angels cried down flood after flood upon Southern California. 

Any guesses???


Another book taken from my Top Ten Tuesday post on my most read authors. And another book I own that I haven’t read.

Side note: searching for a crying angel image and all I can think is “DON’T BLINK!” Any Doctor Who fans out there? I was tempted to use an image from the show but I swear, to this day, the Weeping Angels are some of the scariest foes they have ever faced in my mind. So I decided against those images.


I’ll tell ya, even though I don’t really read this author much anymore, the description has me curious. But let me give you a real hint…this author almost always sets his books in Southern California. Kind of how you know a Stephen King book will most likely be set in Maine, you can count on this author to at least visit California throughout the course of any of his stories.


Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn.



About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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