First Lines Friday #49

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to Friday and I, for one, am super happy about it. Things have been chaotic in the McBookNerd household and I need a couple of days to destress. In celebration of the weekend, let’s do another First Lines Friday post! The book I’m featuring this week is a library find that pulled me in with the cover and had me check it out after reading the synopsis.

Now, let’s see how the first few lines grab me!


The Line(s):

“My head is throbbing again, a white-hot line of pain from the back of my skull down to the right side of my jaw, and a dead man is signaling me from across the common room.”


The Hints:

This is a horror novel where space is heavily featured.

It follows a beacon-repair crew who stumble upon an incredible find.

It sounds like it’s going to be perfectly terrifying!


The Reveal:

Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

Titanic meets The Shining in S.A. Barnes’ Dead Silence, a SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn’t yet ended.

A GHOST SHIP.
A SALVAGE CREW.
UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS.

Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed—made obsolete—when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate.

What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn’t right.

Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold onto her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora, before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate.


Did that first line capture your attention? Did it make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

2 thoughts on “First Lines Friday #49

    • It reminds me of the video game, Dead Space, and I absolutely cannot play that game. I end up just running until I get stuck in a corner and murdered 😂 So I know how you feel! Books, however, I can deal with much better.

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