First Lines Friday – December 20, 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:

They say strange things about moths. About how they sometimes enter houses. Superstitions, popular beliefs. But there are few people left, these days, who are familiar with them. So no one thought much about all those moths dancing in the woods on the night the body was found.

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… The Night of the Moths by Riccardo Bruni, Anne Milano Appel (Translator)


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He’s finally letting go of the memory of his murdered girlfriend. Then he sees her texts.

Alice was a hopeful young graduate student when, on a beautiful August night, her body was found in the woods. She’ll always remember the night she was murdered. And she still suffers the grief and rage that destroyed her family.

But what Alice regrets most is the last fight she had with her boyfriend, Enrico—and the fact that she never had the chance to tell him something that would have changed everything.

A decade later, Enrico has returned to the provincial town where Alice lived and died, to sell his family home. All he wants is to forget. But then, among the things he left behind, he finds an old cell phone…and unread texts sent from Alice’s phone.

Now, her terrible secrets are about to swallow up everyone she knew, loved, and trusted. For Enrico, discovering them is his only chance to put his lost love—and the demons of his past—to rest.

Told in the victim’s voice with otherworldly atmosphere, this book looks like the beginning of a fascinating friendship.  Riccardo Bruni is an Italian journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, webzines, and blogs.  This is his second novel.

Happy reading!

The Eclectic Review

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