It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else approximately the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
All the characters depicted in this book are real. Some have passed absent, a few are still living. This story has been crafted through meticulous research using newspaper articles, police reports, interviews that survived both in print and on movie, and the countless memories of relatives willing to share.
And the book is…
Homicide In The Neighbourhood by Ellen J. Green
On September 6,1949, twenty-eight-year-old Howard Barton Unruh shot thirteen people in less than twelve minutes on his block in East Camden, New Jersey.
The shocking true story of the first recorded mass shooting in America has never been told, until now.
The sky was cloudless that morning when twelve-year-old Raymond Havens left his domestic on River Road.
His grandmother had sent him to receive a haircut at the barbershop across the street – where he was about to witness his neighbour and friend Howard open fire on the customers inside. Told through the eyes of the young boy who visited Howard regularly to listen to his war stories, and the mother trying to piece together the disturbing inner workings of her son’s intellect, Ellen Green uncovers the chilling true story of Howard Unruh – the quiet oddball who meticulously plotted his revenge on the neighbours who shunned him and became one of America’s first mass killers. With access to Howard’s diaries, newly released police reports and psychiatric records alongside interviews with surviving family members and residents of the neighbourhood, A Murder in the Neighbourhood will have readers of In Bloodless Blood, If You Tell and American Predator absolutely gripped.
I recently finished reading Homicide In The Neighbourhood, and it was an extremely interesting, and emotional read. I didn’t really know anything about this case before the book!
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
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