Some Tension for This First Line Friday

Some books open with beautiful and flowery language that gently coaxes me into a story. Other books grab me and don’t let go. Hide and Seeker falls into the latter category. I read it for the first time in late 2020 and, all these months later, I’m still thinking about it. Author Daka Hermon offered up some amazing writing, great characters, and some deliciously creepy tension. I was hooked from these very first lines.

Zee never shoulda come back. Not like this.

Limp blue balloons and crinkled streamers are tangled around the mailbox at the end of Zee’s driveway. I adjust my sweaty baseball cap and sigh. Not even the decorations are excited about his welcome home party.

A fat gray cloud settles directly above the house. Shadows play across the tattered roof shingles, and trails of dirt, like black tears, streak down the windows. I shiver as beads of sweat roll down the sides of my hot face.

“Justin,” a voice screeches.

Title: Hide and Seeker
Author: Daka Hermon
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Classification: Horror, Middle Grade

Hermon’s Website | Publisher’s Page

Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books. Be sure to check out their weekly post to find other participants and some great first lines.


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