Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you’re reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.
I generally like to have two books on the go at once and this week is no exception. As well as The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, which I featured last week, I am also reading Gone by Lisa Gardner. Here is the opening sentence (or two):
This is your stock standard opener for a mystery thriller. It says loud and clear, “Here is a character with baggage/trauma who is going to end up in trouble one way or another!”.
It is not the strongest opening I have read… but I am glad to say the pace does quicken as you continue reading… This is my first Gardner title. Not that far into it yet, but enjoying it so far.
What do you think about this as an opening line?
Do you find a stock standard opening like this comforting or unimaginative?
Speaking of book beginnings – are you someone that opts out of a book if you aren’t hooked after the first ‘x’ pages? Or are you someone that feels obligated to finish once started?
I am the latter – a ‘completer finisher’. I cannot recall abandoning a novel after having read more than a page or two in the last 2 years. While this generally admirable character trait called persistence works well in most aspects of life, I do think on occasion it may be to my detriment when it comes to the best use of my relaxation time.