First Lines Fridays #4

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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Happy Friyay 🥳🎉

Welcome to this week’s First Lines Fridays. This week has been a bit difficult since I’ve been in isolation due to a tiny COVID outbreak in my department – luckily it doesn’t seem like there are more infected. I’m crossing my fingers that I can go back to work on Monday 🤞


First line

Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men’s eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all. It was difficult to judge.

A few more lines

The house was a rental. Brooding. Tight. A brick colonial gripped by ivy in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Across the street was a fringe of campus belonging to Georgetown University; to the rear, a sheer embankment plummeting steep to busy M Street and, just beyond it, the River Potomac. Early on the morning of April 1, the house was quiet.

Do you know the book? Hmmm?

It is

The exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Genre: Horror
Length: 385 pages

Summary:
Four decades after it first terrified the world, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is back! An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense. In this stunning 40th Anniversary Edition, a desperate mother and two priests fight to free the soul of a little girl from a supernatural entity of pure malevolence.

About the author
William Peter Blatty was an American writer and filmmaker. He wrote the novel The Exorcist (1971) and the subsequent screenplay version for which he won an Academy Award. Born and raised in New York City, Blatty received his bachelor’s degree in English from the Georgetown University in 1950, and his master’s degree in English literature from the George Washington University in 1954. He also wrote and directed the sequel “The Exorcist III”. Some of his other notable works are the novels Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010) and Crazy (2010).


6 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays #4

  1. I would never have guessed this one. It sounds like an exciting spy novel from the first lines! I will definitely not be reading this one. I can’t do horror, and The Exorcist is one of the most horrifying horrors out there. 🙂

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