#first lines

The Most Shocking First Lines of Mystery Novels

Some books hook you from the very first line. Here is a look at the most shocking first lines of recent mysteries and thrillers.

8 of the Most Shocking First Lines in Fiction

These eight books don't ease you in: they start with some of the most shocking first lines and pages in literature.

The Worst First Lines in Literature: The Lyttle Lytton Contest

The annual Lyttle Lytton Contest celebrates the worst first lines in literature. Here are some of the so-bad-it's-good winners.

Quiz: Can You Match the Horror Novel to Its Opening Lines?

So you call yourself a horror expert. Take this quiz to see how well you can match the opening lines to the horror novel.

More of Book Riot’s Favorite First Lines in Literature

We wanted to throw a few more favorite sentences into the mix and give you more of Book Riot's favorite first lines in literature.