Today I’ll be doing another ‘Friday Reads’ with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book was full of mystery and was utterly unpredictable– it’s definitely one that I’d recommend.
Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:
- Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
- The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).
Here are the first sentences of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:
“I forget everything between footsteps.
‘Anna!’ I finish shouting, snapping my mouth shut in surprise.
My mind has gone blank. I don’t know who Anna is or why I’m calling her name.”
I love these first few sentences because they act as a firm hook to grab the reader’s attention. I remember when I started reading this book I was so confused and had no idea what was going on, which made me curious enough to continue reading!
The Friday 56:
A snippet from 56% of the book:
“A draught greets me at the top of the staircase, twisting and curling in the air, sneaking through the cracked windows and beneath the doors to stir the leaves littering the floor.”
I like how something as simple as a draught is personified in this snippet. It’s amazing how the use of words can create such a vivid reading experience and conjure up worlds in one’s mind.
What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!