First Lines Fridays – 1st July 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:

I know straight away that Benjy’s going to miss, cos his foot goes back too soon, so he’s wobbling on one leg, waiting for the ball to float down, and then he falls over. His head thumps on the rug, but Mam picks him up. She cuddles him and tells him he’s as good as Gazza.


And the book is…

The Silent Brother by Simon Van Der Velde

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GoodReads Synopsis:

The Past Never Dies
When his beloved little brother is stolen away, five-year-old Tommy Farrier is left alone with his alcoholic mam, his violent step-dad and his guilt. Too young to understand what has really happened, Tommy is sure of only one thing. He is to blame.

Tommy tries to be good, to live-up to his brother’s increasingly hazy memory, but trapped in a world of shame and degradation he grows up with just two options; poverty or crime. And crime pays.

Or so he thinks.

A teenage drug-dealer for the vicious Burns gang, Tommy’s life is headed for disaster, until, in the place he least expects, Tommy sees a familiar face…

And then things get a whole lot worse.


I am currently reading The Silent Brother, which I received a review copy of from the author. I have been looking forward to reading this one since it arrived, and I’m excited to continue with it.


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

Let me know in the comments!


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