First Lines Fridays – 6th December 2019

Hey everyone! It is time for another First Lines Fridays post!

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?

  • 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!

The first lines of today’s chosen book are:

A whispered name.
The boy stirs in his sleep. A pales, vaporous moon lights the room. Shadows are deep.
He twists his head, turning towards the window so that his face becomes a soft mask, unblemished, colourless. But the boy’s dream is troubled; beneath their lids, his eyes dart to and fro.
The whispered name:
‘David…’
Its sound is distant.


And the book is…

Haunted by James Herbert


GoodReads synopsis:

Three nights of terror in a house called Edbrook. Three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be the victim of horrifying and maleficent games. Three nights in which he will face the enigma of his own past. Three nights before Edbrook’s dreadful secret will be revealed – and the true nightmare will begin.


Haunted is near the top of my TBR list, and I plan on reading it in the first few months of 2020. The aim is actually to read everything James Herbert ever wrote, as recommended by my dad. The books I have read by him so far are fantastic, so I can’t wait to read this!


Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments!

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