First Lines Friday: March 10

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. The point is to judge a book by its opening lines rather than anything else, including the cover and the author. The rules are as follows:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) 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 is my first time doing this feature so instead of my current read, I chose one of my all time favorite opening lines:

I died again last night.

Did that catch your interest? If so, read below for the details about the book!


That line is from a novella Next of Kin by Dan Wells. It’s a tie-in alternative POV novella in Dan Wells’ series about the demon-hunting young sociopath John Cleaver, who desperately tries to resist his killer urges. In the novella, we see events of one of the books in the series from the point of view of one of the demon beings. It’s far less action-packed than the rest of the series, but it’s a heavy read – but so worth it. I recommend reading the I am not a Serial Killer trilogy first, however.

From Goodreads:

We call them demons, for lack of a better word, but nextofkinthe truth is something much more mysterious. In the “I am not a Serial Killer” trilogy, the young sociopath John Cleaver killed three of them to protect his family, but he has no idea what horrors he’s stirred up.

Elijah Sexton was a god of the ancient world. Now he drives a hearse in a Midwest town and keeps his head down. He avoids the world as much as he can, drinking dead memories while his own mind drifts slowly toward oblivion. But when the memories he drains reveal the presence of another fallen god, Elijah is drawn back into a war between humans and monsters–a war that threatens the woman he doesn’t dare to love.


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