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:
It was nine o’clock in the morning and already thirty-one degrees. London shimmered in a dirty haze. The weather reporter on the radio had said that it was hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement. Ava Kirilova thought about this as heat from the paving stones burned through the soles of her shoes, but she was not allowed to eat fried eggs, and wouldn’t have known how to cook one if she were.
And the book is…
Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly
Swan Lake is divided into the black acts and the white acts. The Prince is on stage for most of the ballet, but it’s the swans audiences flock to see. In early productions, Odette and Odile were performed by two different dancers. These days, it is usual for the same dancer to play both roles. Because of the faultless ballet technique required to master the steps, and the emotional range needed to perform both the virginal Odette and the dark, seductive Odile, this challenging dual role is one of the most coveted in all ballet. Dancers would kill for the part.
Ava Kirilova has reached the very top of her profession. After years and years of hard graft, pain and sacrifice as part of the London Russian Ballet Company, allowing nothing else to distract her, she is finally the poster girl for Swan Lake. Even Mr K – her father, and the intense, terrifying director of the company – can find no fault. Ava has pushed herself ahead of countless other talented, hardworking girls, and they are all watching her now.
But there is someone who really wants to see Ava fall…
I am planning to read Watch Her Fall after my current read, in preparation for the upcoming blog tour. It sounds like it’s going to be a very interesting book, so I am excited to get started!
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!