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First Line Friday

This is the last book written by the author of the Wallander. It apparently picks up on the life of a doctor Fredik Welin who appeared in the book Italian Shoes. It’s a stand alone novel, so hopefully it won’t cause me any problems not having read the first book. I choose it for my European reading challenge- this is from Sweden.

The first line is – “My house burned down on an autumn night almost a year ago”.

Taking part in this meme has made me think about opening lines. They have to grab you so you want the next line. In this one line the scene is set. There was a fire, a home was lost but as it was a year ago the owner survived.

I want to read on. Would you want to read on do you think?

Taking part in The Hoarding Books link in for First Line Friday – here

Comments on: "First Line Friday" (34)

  1. I’m sharing from A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews on my blog today. This is the second line:

    “The water lapped over her head, leaves and debris floating along the surface in the midmorning sun.”

    Happy Friday!

  2. Happy Friday! 🙂
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Promised by Leah Garriott: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/03/06/first-line-friday-126/. It’s such a good book. I’m currently reading When He Found Me by Victoria Bylin so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Getting the apartment ready in twenty four hours took all the energy MJ could muster.”
    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! ❤📖

  3. Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz: “Why could she not quit pondering that flounced petticoat?”


  4. It’s definitely a first line to make you want to read further. Good luck with it! Thanks for suggesting this challenge 🙂 x

  5. lelandandbecky said:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade:

    “The hospital’s electronic doors whooshed open as Penelope Quinn rushed toward the emergency room.”

    • Now that’s a good line for scene setting- a hospital, an emergency and a name.Enough to make you want to find out more.

  6. Paula Shreckhise said:

    My first line comes from The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear
    June1,1797 Knox County, Tennessee
    It was unbecoming to be jealous of a dear friend’s marriage.

  7. I love good first lines – it’s an art! Of course I can’t think of anything right now – I’m still on first coffee after all. Most of my books are given to me by my book rep daughter the rest are on kindle and are usually recommendations from people like yourself 🙂 I have enjoyed an Italian writer Umberto Eco in the past, his books are long and involved and always educational on some level too. I haven’t read anything of his in the last decade though I just realised this as I was writing – doesn’t time fly!! .WP is being difficult, I can’t ‘like’ your post and my fingers are crossed I can post this – I couldn’t post any comments at all for a while.

    • I have trouble liking some posts too, and if people insist you use google to make a comment , well I can’t as I don’t have or want a google account. Thanks for telling me about Umberto Eco, I shall investigate, I like a bit of a challenge.

  8. I read a book by Jo Nesbo. He’s Norwegian. The book was The Bat the first about a detective Harry Hole (not pronounced as we would think though, more like holy or holly) set in Australia.

  9. If a book and author are new to me I do as you do, Cathy… check it all out. Then I’m liable to do what Tialys/Lynn does and check further (in case it’s not in hand). Of course, the reeeal test is if this insular little library actually has it.
    Not only does mine have it, but there’s a copy on shelf at the local branch, and I’m due to pick up the next in the Penny series on the weekend. . . It’s the Korma . . . er, karma? 🤣 😂 🤣

    • Korma is a very nice curry! It’s karma and sometimes life really is just that. I had watched an old episode of Wallander one night and realised that it was penned by a Swedish author, so whilst I was about my shelving duties I spotted this book, and it passed my scrutiny.

      • I had a similar experience whilst writing my reply to you. I’d been watching one of the Agatha Raisin series, and Mrs. Josephs says “korma” instead of “karma.” 🙃
        But speaking of curry, I’ve not had any kormas that I remember, not being fond of much hot spicing. In general, are they mild, medium, or hot?

  10. You’ve reminded me of The White Lioness by Mankell, which was filmed in Cape Town five years ago. Here’s the imdb link if you’re interested in getting an idea of what my home city looks like ❤


  11. You have started with a good one. I like his very sparse style.
    I see you are reading across Europe, if you want to try something much more descriptive what about Stefan Zweig? I recommend his collection of short stories “Fantastic Nights”. He was Austrian, but lived all over Europe and died in Brazil. Happy reading!

    • Thank you so much for this recommendation as I didn’t have an author for Austria, and its lovely try one that someone else likes.

  12. Yes, that would make me want to read on. I buy most books for my Kindle now – unless I have the chance to stock up on paperbacks from the charity shops if I’m in the U.K. – and, if possible, I like to click on the ‘look inside’ option so I can read the first bit as I can usually tell if the style is my ‘thing’ or not. It’s not foolproof but usually works.

    • I am well aware that left to my own devices I am drawn first by an authors name, then the title, then the cover and finally the blurb on the back and the first page! So for example a book by someone with a name like Loretta Forbes with a title like Arrabella, and a drippy female on the front would never get me to pick it up to read the blurb or the first page! And some of the books that I took on trust by bloggers I trust , had just such covers and the books were good. I am trying to be less prejudiced!

  13. I’ve read it, and I enjoyed it. Slightly weird, slightly creepy, but an excellent story about losing your past. The character isn’t altogether lovable but he is interesting. I don’t quite understand his obsession with gumboots, though…

    • I love my wellies so I can understand that bit! And I get hacked off that everything is made in China. Maybe the world is learning the folly of this at least.

  14. I haven’t read a lot of Mankell, but some folks in my family are VERY much into crime fiction, and he’s an excellent author! I’d definitely read on, it sounds promising. 🙂

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