Welcome to First Line Friday,
hosted by Hoarding Books.
Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher.
I stopped joining launch teams for various reasons, but after reading Abigail Wilson‘s debut novel, In the Shadow of Croft Towers, I took a chance and applied to be on the launch team for her second, Midnight on the River Grey.
It was an impulsive choice and I’ve been a bit nervous about it. But, friends….three chapters in and I’m completely hooked. It was the last sentence of the prologue that really got me, but this being First Line Friday, I’ll be sharing the first line below.
First, here is the description:
She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .
After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.
Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.
Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?
And now the first line from Chapter One, set “two years later” in 1813 London: