First Line Friday – 13 January 2023

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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!


I was born with a broken heart

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Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Daisy Darker

Daisy Darker is my most recent read. This book was full of so many twists and turns and I was completely hooked on the story. I don’t remember the last time I was that into a mystery novel. I suspected everyone while I was reading and I loved the And Then There Were None vibes.

Book Details

 Title: Daisy Darker

Author: Alice Feeney

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Age Category: Adult

Publication Date: August 30, 2022

Number of Pages: 340

Buy the Book: Amazon, Indigo, Book Depository

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After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.

The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows…

Trapped on an island where someone is killing them one by one, the Darkers must reckon with their present mystery as well as their past secrets, before the tide comes in and all is revealed.

With a wicked wink to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Daisy Darker’s unforgettable twists will leave readers reeling.

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