Saturday, 11 January 2014

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

The dead diver was wedged like a bone in the stone throat of the underwater cave they called the Monster.

A problem, a dead character, and a visually interesting simile make this line earn its position as the opening line of a book. The scene that unfolds in chapter 1 is filled with tension as a man tries to find his way out of the monster cave before his oxygen tank empties. It's well done and keeps me reading to chapter 2 which has the opening line:

"You're too late," the ghost in the mirror said. "I'm already dead."

This line raises some questions and by now the reader is hooked and should have no problem reading a bit of back story that helps answer some of those questions.

Verdict: Cool

Theodore Moracht

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