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!
I am folding laundry at my dining room table when the police car pulls up. There’s no fanfare — no sirens or flashing lights — yet that little niggle starts in the pit of my stomach, Mother Nature’s warning that all is not well. It’s getting dark out, early evening, and the neighbors’ porch lights are starting to come on. It’s dinnertime. Police don’t arrive on your doorstep at dinnertime unless something is wrong.
First and foremost, this is an ARC. That means the lines that I just put are liable to change. Personally, I found these pretty engaging! I was interested in reading it to find out what happened next.
It’s a standalone mystery. It’s coming out in April. It’s set in Australia!
I’ve actually finished reading it, so this FLF is going to serve as a little review for this. I gave the book 3.5/5. I read around half the book one day, which was very enjoyable. The characters are compelling. They’re complex and interesting to read about.
However, it wasn’t really a mystery. I’d call this book more of a family drama.
Lucy’s mother-in-law is Diana. Diana is, well, not very friendly. She’s very particular and wants the best for her children. She founded a company that helps parents provide for their children and she expects that her children will be just fine without her help despite being very rich. Lucy doesn’t get along with her very well for that reason.
As the book unfolds, you gets flashbacks and the present from Lucy’s perspective, and Diana’s perspective of the past. And, the story is compelling. Seeing the ups and downs in Lucy’s relationship with Diana was a bit infuriating because I could see all the chances that they had to make it a good relationship. There was just such a lack of communication!
Personally, I’ve never seen my mom and mother-in-law interact. They don’t live close enough for that, but I know that they have a somewhat tense relationship. But, I was just never exposed to that kind of thing, so my experience is very different. Yet, I’ve seen common miscommunications like the ones that were presented in this book.
I wish the book had moved faster. It felt like it was the same thing over and over again for the most part, then nothing happened until the end of the book. I wanted more but didn’t get it. However, it was an interesting book! I loved these characters and wanted to know what happened, it was just that this wasn’t really a mystery until the last few chapters.
Is this book on your radar?
What do you think of books with funky pacing?