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 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!
This was going to work. This had to work.
The mantra played over and over in Alex Madison’s mind.
Sitting in the waiting area of the police station where Peter MacKenzie worked as a homicide detective, she ignored the looks of other people. They had clean-cut suits and crisp white shirts, their hair in perfect form.
Alex hadn’t seen hot water n days, let alone a sink, mirror or brush. She could smell herself and knew everyone else within fifteen feet could, too. Her long hair, usually kept pulled back, now hung in tangled, greasy mess around a face devoid of every shred of make-up she put on five days ago while going to the grocery store.
Continue to find out which book this extract is from…
Detective Peter Mackenzie knew crime and knew his job. With The Cemetery Man schedule to leave the next body on the next grave Peter doesn’t have time for the puzzling Alexandra Madison. Her wild stories of a stolen life and family and friends who don’t remember her. Her last resort, she tells him is him and the relationship they shared. Peter doesn’t need this nonsense and his eccentric father walking in only irritates him more. Until his father utters the name everyone forgot, giving hope to Alexandra for the first time.
Time is their enemy as the weekend grows closer and on Sunday, Peter knows another body will be waiting.
What he doesn’t know, what he couldn’t know, even with Alexandra delving deeper into his father’s past, the victims are not random. They are chosen with reason and the monster who takes them is not done. She is coming for one of them.
It is a Fantasy and Mystery novel that I enjoyed reading very much. I read it back in 2016 and my review of it can be found here.
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
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