Some authors have a knack for opening sentences that make it difficult for the reader to stop reading. Like a “wet paint” sign on a freshly painted doorway or a police officer mumbling, “nothing to see here, folks,” some sentences make us want to pay attention even if we didn’t before. Consider these:
“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book”
The Bad Beginning
“Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves.”
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
“On the night before his first day at his new school, in the small, squirrel-colored living room of his great-aunt’s house, Duncan Dorfman’s mother warned him not to show anyone his power.”
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
Just try to stop after reading just those opening sentences. I dare you.