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First Lines Fridays – 12th August 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:

The woman read the text as it flashed up on her laptop screen, “So we are agreed on a price and killer?”
She swiftly typed her reply, “Yes, agreed. With the Bitcoin directed to the account as instructed.”


And the book is…

The Skinned Man by Darren Bruce

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GoodReads Synopsis:

DETECTIVE SERGEANT ANNIE BRYCE has been with the Sussex Major Investigation Team for a decade dealing with the most serious crimes. A dedicated officer who has fought back from personal tragedy, she becomes involved in a case that puts her directly in the cross-hairs of a dangerous killer. In the days leading up to Halloween, a naked body is found at low tide on a beach near Hastings, and Annie is sent to investigate. As the days pass, more bodies are found, each murder set up in a grisly tableau echoing killers of the past. Hampered by an inexperienced senior officer with a point to prove, Annie and her team are taunted by a suspect who appears to know their every move. As the investigation becomes personal, Annie must catch the killer before the next victim is murdered and displayed to the world’s media.


I recently received a review copy of The Skinned Man from the author. Darren is a local to me author, and this is his debut novel. It sounds fantastic, so 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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