I love it when a first line of a book has me hooked. I want the first line to draw me in, to leave me wondering what happens next. A weak first line won't keep me from reading a book, but a great first line does make a good impression.
I recently discovered the books of Melanie Clegg. She writes meticulously researched historical fiction set in the eighteenth century. Her second book, Blood Sisters, is a sweeping saga that follows a trio of aristocratic sisters who are caught up in the French Revolution.
"They came for me while I was still asleep."
This is an awesome first line, IMO. The second I read it, I was hooked. It pulled me right into the story and made me want to know the all-important Five W's: Who. What. When. Where. Why.
What do you think? Does this first line hook you?