First Lines Friday #24

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to another Friday and, for once, I don’t have a blog tour post to share. You know what that means? We’re doing First Lines Friday! Today’s featured book is one I snagged from the library recently. I’ve heard so many great things about it and have been curious, so when I spotted it in the new book section, I had to grab it!

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can grab my attention.


The Line(s):

“A boy is coming down a flight of stairs.
The passage is narrow and twists back on itself. He takes each step slowly, sliding himself along the wall, his boots meeting each tread with a thud.”


The Hints:

This book is an award-winner, having won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020 (among others).

It’s a historical fiction where The Bard himself makes an appearance.

The title is interchangeable with my favorite Shakespeare play.

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