Book beginnings is a meme set up by Rose City Reader. Every Friday post the first line, or few lines, of the book you’re reading along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Then add a link to your post on Rose City Reader’s blog.
My Book Beginning
The Hidden Legacy by G. J. Minett
November 1966: John Mitchell
It’s a quarter to ten when he reaches the school gates. Ten minutes, he thinks, ten minutes.
He’s have been here earlier, but he had to wait until his dad was safely out of the way. The last thing he needed was awkward questions. What’s with the duffel bag, son? What’s wrong with your satchel? What have you got in there anyway?
I find these opening lines very intriguing – I really want to know why this boy has a different bag to usual and what he’s carrying with him to school. My suspicion is even higher because he’s hiding it from his dad and has risked being late for school rather than have his dad ask questions. I’ve not read the synopsis of this book yet, I bought it because I’ve seen so many people recommending it on twitter, but I suspect this boy is carrying a gun to school and is intending to shoot his fellow students. The fact that the novel is called The Hidden Legacy would fit with this too – the idea that an action has consequences that can last for many, many years.
I bought this book this week and I’m so keen to keep reading now, I might have to allow myself a day or two off from reading review books so that I can read this one!