First Lines Friday | I wait for the police in the study …

First Lines Fridays is a weekly meme 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?


  • 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!

quotation marks_11I wait for the police in the study overlooking Gramercy Park, the body prone on the floor a few feet away. Outside, rain has cooled the green spring evening. In here the heat if stifling.”quotation marks_22

Read on to find out what book this excerpt is from













Savage Girl by Jen ZimmermanSavage Girl by Jen Zimmerman

This book was in one of my most recent $1 book hauls at one of the local Dollar Tree stores. Seriously US people! If you have not checked out your local Dollar Tree’s book section …. go now! I have even see the Red Rising Trilogy as well as some other notable several year old bestsellers – many in hardcover no less – for only $1! Anyway I digress …

This book caught my attention with the cover … but I have to say the synopsis has me intrigued. A dark murderous and mysterious historical fiction with fantasy elements … Count. Me. In.

(Goodreads Synopsis):

“Jean Zimmerman’s new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.

Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl’s illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.

Zimmerman’s tale is narrated by the Delegate’s son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self-dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative—a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable—is his confession.”

4 thoughts on “First Lines Friday | I wait for the police in the study …

    • frankielovely says:

      RIGHT!? I thought the same thing … It’s a pretty boring first few lines. I mean … it’s historical fiction so I’m sure it builds more slowly … notice I didn’t list the “first few lines” as being a selling point for this book for me lol

      I’m hoping this one pays off as a random book choice. But who knows. I have basically nothing to go on at this point but hope?

      I’m sure if it doesn’t, I will have rants.

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