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First Lines Friday – 15 October 2021

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First Lines Friday is a weekly feature 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?

Here’s how it works!

The First Lines

THERE YOU are. They said you would be coming soon. All these years they left me to rot and ruin… to die. And now here you come. A family trying to replace me. To erase me. Us.

 And The Book Is!

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson!

I received an advanced copy of this book from Harper Collins Canada after the most recent HCC Frenzy event and I just started to listen to the audiobook for it last week. I tend to stay away from horror, but I decided to give this book a try for the “spooky genre” prompt for the TBR Tackle Challenge and so far, I’m really enjoying it! I’m about a quarter of the way in and I’m looking forward to seeing what spooky things happen next!

Goodreads Synopsis: The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

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