First Line Friday – 4 November 2022

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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!

  • 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!


“Six thirty in the morning. The Hôtel de Verbier was dark. Outside, it was pitch black and snowing heavily.”

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The Enigma of Room 622 by Jöel Dicker

The Engima of Room 622

The Enigma of Room 622 is my current read. I’m not very far into it, but I’m intrigued by the premise of this mystery so far.This is one of my reads for NetGalley November, so I’m hoping to finish it and have a review up soon.

Book Details

 Title: The Enigma of Room 622

Author: Jöel Dicker

Genre: Mystery

Age Category: Adult

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

Number of Pages: 592

Buy the Book: Amazon, Indigo, Book Depository

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“One night in December, a corpse is found in Room 622 of the Hotel Verbier, a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. A police investigation begins without definite end, and public interest wanes with the passage of time.

Years later, the writer Joel Dicker, Switzerland’s most famous literary ingenue, arrives at that same hotel to recover from a bad breakup, mourn the death of his longtime publisher, and begin his next novel. Little does Joel know that his expertise in the art of the thriller will come in handy when he finds himself investigating the crime. He’ll need a Watson, of course: in this case, that would be Scarlett, the beautiful guest and aspiring novelist from the next room, who joins in the search while he tries to solve another puzzle: the plot of his next book.

Meanwhile, in the wake of his father’s passing, Macaire Ebezner is set to take over as president of the largest private bank in Switzerland. The succession captivates the news media, and the future looks bright, until it doesn’t. The bank’s board, including a certain Lev Levovitch-Geneva’s very own Jay Gatsby-have other plans, and Macaire’s race to the top soon becomes a race against time… A matryoshka doll of a mystery built with the precision of a Swiss watch. Joel Dicker presents a diabolically addictive thriller where a love triangle, a power struggle, shocking betrayals and dangerous envy play out against the backdrop of a not so quiet Switzerland, where the truth twists and turns into something no reader will see coming. A European phenomenon, Dicker’s latest page-turner is his most personal novel yet”

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