First Lines Fridays – 14th January 2022

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:

There were three of them, in the beginning, and we called them the Crowley Girls.
They were born of this island, as we were; sister-children, brethren, kin. Soil and bone.


And the book is…

After The Silence by Louise O’Neill

PURCHASE HERE (affiliate links): Amazon UKWaterstonesBook Depository

GoodReads Synopsis:

Nessa Crowley’s murderer has been protected by silence for ten years.
Until a team of documentary makers decide to find out the truth.

On the day of Henry and Keelin Kinsella’s wild party at their big house a violent storm engulfed the island of Inisrun, cutting it off from the mainland. When morning broke Nessa Crowley’s lifeless body lay in the garden, her last breath silenced by the music and the thunder.

The killer couldn’t have escaped Inisrun, but no one was charged with the murder. The mystery that surrounded the death of Nessa remained hidden. But the islanders knew who to blame for the crime that changed them forever.

Ten years later a documentary crew arrives, there to lift the lid off the Kinsellas’ carefully constructed lives, determined to find evidence that will prove Henry’s guilt and Keelin’s complicity in the murder of beautiful Nessa.

In this bold, brilliant, disturbing new novel Louise O’Neill shows that deadly secrets are devastating to those who hold them close.


I was recently recommended this book by the lovely Hannah @ hanlovestoread, for the 12 challenge (12 books, 12 months, 12 recommendations), and I’m really excited about it!


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

Let me know in the comments!


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One thought on “First Lines Fridays – 14th January 2022

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  1. Ah what a great weekly feature! 🙂 That would be a good idea for booksellers who do “Blind Date With a Book” campaigns too.

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