Aly Semigran
August 03, 2009 AT 09:17 PM EDT

While we’ve come to terms with the idea that we’re never supposed to judge a book by its cover, both literally and figuratively, no one ever said anything about first lines. We here at Shelf Life recently came across an opener that grabbed us from the get-go. Brian DeLeeuw’s debut novel, In This Way I Was Saved, piqued our interest with this beginning: “I enter the lobby of Claire Nightingale’s apartment building, here to tell her I have murdered her only son.” The story, which revolves around two childhood friends, wastes no time delving into its major story arc, and for that, we say, “Read on!”

Granted, it may not stand the test of time like “Call me Ishmael” or “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” but it certainly reeled us in. How about you, Shelf Lifers? Which book’s opening line captivated you? Do you have any interest in reading DeLeeuw’s titillating tale now?

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