First Lines Friday – July 12, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

It sucks me in.

It is a freak of nature. An undertow, a vortex, a tornado. All in one.

I can’t fight it. The pull is strong and my limbs bend to it. Like a rag doll, I fall down backward. My elbow hits the floor, and I start shaking. I can’t stop. My leg bangs against a table. My head is turning side to side, my neck wrenched, aching.

Oh, my God, I think she’s having a seizure.

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… What Happened That Night by Sandra Block.

What Happened That Night

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One moment Dahlia is a successful Harvard student. The next, she wakes up from a party, the victim of a brutal assault. Her life veers into a tailspin, and what’s worse, her memory of the attack has been ripped away, leaving a cold rage in its wake.

Now, years later, Dahlia is a tattooed paralegal suffering from PTSD, still haunted by that night. Until one day, a video surfaces online, and Dahlia sees her attack for the first time. Now she knows what happened to her. And she knows who to blame. Her rage is no longer cold, but burning, red hot. 

And she is about to make everyone pay.

Happy reading!

The Eclectic Review

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