This month I’ve picked out some great opening lines from psychological crime thrillers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with one sentence that could start off a book that cannot be put down.
My latest book The Sixth Window starts like this:
“It had been a night like so many others over the past few weeks, and as the woman looked down on the narrow street below her second-floor window she finally admitted that she couldn’t take any more.”
So get your thinking caps on – you need ONE sentence that will hook the reader who’s desperate to walk down the dark path, the one who will go into the basement with a faulty torch when they hear something scratching to get in…
The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar.
SJ Watson, Before I go to Sleep
An hour before her shift started, an hour before she was even supposed to be there, they rolled the first corpse through the door.
Tess Gerritsen, Girl Missing
Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
I never knew her in life.
James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia
When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
I sat in the back pew and watched the only woman I would ever love marry another man.
Harlan Coben, Six Years