It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays
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:
Hello dear reader. I hope that I find you all-singing-and-dancing physically fit, full of grace and mentally competent – the latter, however, you may well not be when you reach the last page because this book comes with a ‘Health Warning’.
And the book is…
Talking With Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil by Christopher Berry-Dee
Christopher Berry-Dee writes a companion volume that delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the ‘Düsseldorf Monster’, John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a ladykiller in every sense of the word.
True crime is one of my favourite genres, and I have been desperate to read all of Christopher Berry-Dee’s books for a while now. I don’t own them all yet, but I do own this one, and Talking With Serial Killers. I am hoping to read both of them at some point this year.
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!