First Lines Fridays – 28th February 2020

Hey everyone!
It’s time for this week’s 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:

There are two versions of the events of 1887. One is very well known; the other is not.
The first version is the one printed in most history books. It is the one that those who lived through the age wished to recall, the version they recounted to their grandchildren with a wistful smile.


And the book is…

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold


GoodReads Synopsis:

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.


I had been desperate to get my hands on a copy of The Five since its release, and a couple of weeks ago, Alex came home from work with a copy for me! I have always been interested in the Jack the Ripper story, but to read about the victims will be particularly interesting, and I am really looking forward to reading it.


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

Let me know in the comments!

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  1. OMG I nearly literally jumped up in the air when I saw that this was the first line of The Five!!!!!! I bought this the day it won the Best Book of the Month thing in Waterstones and I’m so excited to start it!!!!!

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