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Friday, October 6, 2023

First Lines Friday... from Silver Nitrate

An Engorged, yellow moon painted the sky a sickly amber hue, illuminating a solitary figure. A woman, standing between two sycamore trees. It had rained, and the earth was slippery as, breathing with difficulty, she ventured toward the cabin. The woods felt awake and dangerous, with the sounds of crickets and rolling thunder in the distance. There was a humming. Was that a bird? It was too high-pitched, that noise. The woman pressed a hand against her lips and stared at the cabin, with its welcoming lights. But that oasis of warmth was distant. A twig snapped, and the woman looked behind her in terror. She began to run.

                                        ...Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

As I was looking at the new eBooks available to borrow at my local library, I saw this book cover. Wow, look at those terrified eyes! Then I recognized the author, who wrote Mexican Gothic, a gothic horror novel, that has been on my TBR list for a while. So how could I not read the description...

"NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about the curse that haunts a legendary lost film—and awakens one woman’s hidden powers."

I thought the first lines were intriguing... then I read the first page and really was intrigued... So another horror story? a cursed movie? Okay, I'm interested... 

What do you think? Do the first lines hook you?

You can listen to a sample of the audiobook or read a 15 pages of the book at PenguinRandomHouse

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