First Lines Fridays – 23rd October 2020

Hey everyone!
It is 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:

Janine Morris was wide eyed and pale, her body shaking. Her shoulder-length hair was a mess of mouse grey, the dark circles under her eyes pronounced and aching. Her brain throbbed and she felt weak. She was aware of the neighbours hovering nearby, all eyes on her and the small but very noticeable camera crew outside her house.


And the book is…

The Demons Beneath by WD Jackson-Smart

PURCHASE HERE (affiliate links): Amazon UK, Waterstones

GoodReads Synopsis:

When a bloody corpse is discovered in a North London park, Detective Inspector Daniel Graves is the man tasked with finding the killer. With no clues and no suspects it seems like a dead end. Then another body turns up and this time it looks like it could be his fault. Has his investigation caused the murderer to strike again? Is he dealing with a serial killer?

As case one gets ever more complicated, a report comes in of another suspicious death but this is nothing like any other Graves has dealt with. All involved are convinced that something supernatural is to blame. A demon. Daniel is no believer but could he be wrong?

With two cases on his shoulders and the truth behind each beyond his grasp, Graves must race against time before both killers, human or otherwise, strike again.


As a lot of you will know, From Inside The House (Book 2 of the DI Graves series) by WD Jackson Smart was my favourite book of 2019 (review here). The Demons Beneath is book 1 of the series, which I still haven’t read. I have been desperate to read it ever since reading From Inside The House, but because of blog tours and ARCs, I just haven’t had chance. I have decided that I’m not going to take on many new ARCs and blog tours for a few months, so this will be one of the first books I read when I get through the ones I’ve already committed to. I CAN’T WAIT!

Also, The Devil’s Mark (Book 3 of the DI Graves series) is coming soon, which I am super excited for, so I need to read this before then.


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

Let me know in the comments!


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