First Lines Friday – November 8, 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:

There are places I’ll remember all my life–Red Square with a hot wind howling across it, my mother’s bedroom on the wrong side of Eight Mile, the endless gardens of a fancy foster home, a man waiting to kill me in a group of ruins known as the Theater of Death.

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

I Am Pilgrim

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A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey. Pilgrim.

I have had this book on my TBR pile for some time. This Sunday Times bestselling novel is over 700 pages of action-packed espionage that I’m chomping at the bit to pick up.  I Am Pilgrim is Terry Hayes’ first novel.

Happy reading!

The Eclectic Review

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