Best Opening Lines

“I did not want to know but I have since come to know that one of the girls, when she wasn’t a girl anymore and hadn’t long been back from her honeymoon, went into the bathroom, stood in front of the mirror, unbuttoned her blouse, and took off her bra and aimed  her own father’s gun at her heart… ”

A Heart So White by Javier Marias. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa. First published in Great Britain in 1995 by The Harvill Press.

“No he querido saber, pero he sabido que una de las niñas, cuando ya no era niña y no hacía mucho que había regresado de su viaje de bodas, entró en el cuarto de baño, se puso frente al espejo, se abrió la blusa, se quitó el sostén y se buscó el corazón con la punta de la pistola… “

Corazón tan blanco de Javier Marías. Anagrama, 1992.