First Line Friday (week 334): A Cry in the Dark

Posted March 23, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, Jessica R. Patch, mystery/suspense / 13 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today I’m featuring the first line of A Cry in the Dark by Jessica R. Patch. I love Jessica’s books – they’re deliciously creepy (just the right amount) and so suspenseful! Plus her writing voice is delightful 🙂

and the first line is…

“Fifteen months ago, Adam had promised to let her go.”


Deep in the Kentucky hills, three women have been found brutalized and murdered.
But the folks in Night Holler have their own ways and their own laws.
And they’re not talking…

Led to an isolated Appalachian Mountain town by a trail of disturbing murders, FBI special agent Violet Rainwater’s determined to catch a serial killer with a twisted agenda. With locals refusing to reveal their secrets, Violet’s only ally is Detective John Orlando. But even John has an ulterior motive—he’s convinced this case is connected to his wife’s murder.

As they dig deeper, Violet uncovers a link to her own unresolved past. For years she’s worked the cold case of her mother’s abduction, which had led to her birth. The need to look into the eyes of the sinful man who fathered her consumes Violet. Until she can, she’ll never have peace. Because she’s terrified she might be exactly like him.

In this chilling novel, when the present collides with Violet’s mysterious past and John’s tragic loss, they must unravel the warped, sinuous connections before the killer strikes again. But solving the case might not be nearly as terrifying as the possibility that Violet’s finally found her roots…

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13 responses to “First Line Friday (week 334): A Cry in the Dark

  1. Gloria A

    This one is on my TBR list. I keep hearing great things about it. These are the first lines from The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs.
    She sat in the pew across from us, dressed entirely in yellow. No more than four years old, she was utterly adorable, from the circlet of yellow flowers in her hair to her lacy dress, pale tights, and Mary Jane shoes.

  2. Diana Hardt

    This comes from A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter: Sadie Goodwin’s literary dreams came to a shuddering halt in the middle of her favorite SoHo coffee shop. She blocked out the honking traffic and the May sun streaming through the plate-glass window. Blocked out the lively chatter and cheerful tinkling of a spoon inside a coffee mug and leaned toward her agent. “What did you say?”

  3. This sounds like one I’d love to read!

    My First Line Friday, from The Perfumist of Paris by Alka Joshi:

    “Imagine running amid a field of lavender bushes with your friends. Playing hide-and-seek between rows of jasmine vines.” Antoine closed his eyes.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Drew Morgan wiped the sweat from his brow and leaned against the barn door.
    THE BABY INHERITANCE by Tina Radcliffe

  5. I’m currently reading A Match in the Making by Jen Turano. It’s so fun!
    “I don’t believe you’ve thoroughly considered our current situation, Mrs. Parker,” Gwendolyn said as she stuffed a bathing costume into the woven bag she was packing.
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

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