Remember learning about foreshadowing in high school English? Sometimes all it takes is one sentence to set the tone for an entire story. We rounded up 11 books with utterly chills-inducing and powerful first lines that grab you on the very first page and don’t let go for the entire rest of the story. Snuggle up safe and sound inside your comforter and read on to experience them all!
The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
Whoa…sometimes all it takes is two words to prove less is more. So many questions!!!
A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho
“I think it started with a seizure.”
What started with a seizure?? We’re guessing this is not a feel-good summer romance, but who says summer reading has to be light and fluffy?
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
“On the surface everything seemed right.”
Wait but what lies beneath the surface…
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
“They said the only folks who belonged in the Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good.”
Let’s take a second to ruminate on the fact that this town is called “Deadshot.” Like, that’s really all we need to know to get that it’s a place you should probably be running away from instead of looking for your next apartment.
A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
“Esther Solar had been waiting outside Lilac Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for half an hour when she received word that the curse had struck again.”
You had us at “curse.”
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
“I make sure to sit where they can’t see me.”
Who is they? And why does the narrator want to be hidden from them? THIS SITUATION IS MAKING US NERVOUS.
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
“She’s alone now, and it’s dark.”
Um, someone please turn the lights back on. Like, all of them. In the entire neighborhood.
The Merciless III by Danielle Vega
“The blood feels warm beneath the cold metal.”
Um WHAT. Nothing like Danielle Vega’s signature gore to kick off the third book in The Merciless series.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
“They were not gentle.”
Now that’s a way to kick off a series about a girl who takes on a king who has a new bride executed every morning at dawn.
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
“You! Girl! Don’t make another step, or I’ll run you through!”
Talk about hitting the ground running. Midnight Jewel kicks off right in the middle of the action that makes this high-stakes series absolutely unputdownable.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
“That night, everybody lost something.”
This is low-key terrifying. What happened and what did everybody lose? Is my bookshelf safe??
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