First Lines Fridays is a weekly event hosted by Emma @ Wandering Words. The purpose is to get readers interested in a book by reading the first lines before even knowing what the book is.
I’ve been hearing a lot about this week’s book and snagged a copy at the library (pretty much my favorite place these days).
Here are your first lines:
The heat came with the devil. It was the summer of 1984, and while the devil had been invited, the heat had not. It should’ve been expected though. Heat is, after all, the devil’s name, and when’s the last time you left home without yours?
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The book is:
The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
Image courtesy of Goodreads.
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperature as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestle with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.
This might not be my type of story, but I’ve heard such good things about it, that I thought I’d step outside my usual zone and give it a try. I love the cover, and Fielding Bliss is just a really delightful character name. Eager to read!
Have you read it? Think you’ll check it out?? Let me know in the comments!