First Line Friday — Darkwater Secrets

17 Aug

Happy Friday! My first line today comes from the novel I am reading this weekend, Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll, the first book in the Christian suspense Darkwater Inn series. Intriguing isn’t it?

What’s your first line? Leave a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books to find more fabulous first lines.


A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?


Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage — two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 30 published novels.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty+ years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home — in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW.

Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

On her faith, Robin says, “I love Jesus and will follow Him wherever He leads me.”

An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she’ll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin’s website at

31 Responses to “First Line Friday — Darkwater Secrets”

  1. joyofreadingweb August 17, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    I keep seeing this book pop up, and it looks like it would be quite the page-turning story! Thank you for sharing it today.

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      I started it last night. So far it is living up to its title!

  2. susandyer1962 August 17, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    Happy Friday! 😎

    My first lines come from a book I will be reading soon, Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin…….

    At what point did a person realize that the special moments in life streak by in a flash, distilled into memories before they could be truly lived? Mary Katherine Ropp stood motionless in the middle of her kitchen, a platter holding a two-layer German chocolate cake covered in whipped cream cheese frosting nestled in her hands.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊📚💖

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      Truth and deliciousness. Good combo!

  3. thebeccafiles August 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    The book I am sharing on my blog today is A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal but the book I’m currently reading is The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright. Since it was my FLF last week I’ll share the first line from chapter 20 where I am now: “‘You know you live in a creepy old house, don’t you?’ Christen stood from her chair at the kitchen table and retrieved the bag of mint Oreos from the counter.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading time! 🙂

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      Love that book! Enjoy.

  4. lelandandbecky August 17, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line (actually first 2 and the little poem before) is from “A Little Ray of Sunshine” by Kimberly Rae Jordan.

    “(Shadows around me, shadows above me
    Never conceal my Savior and Guide:
    He is the light, in Him is no darkness,
    Ever I’m walking close to His side.)

    Ryan McFadden looked at each of the men gathered around the large boardroom table. He searched the familiar faces for any sign of the unease that sat so heavy in his gut.”

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

      Great opening!

  5. carylkane August 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line comes from Long Way Gone by Charles Martin.

    I’d seen him before.

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      I need to read that book! Have a great weekend.

  6. Rachel August 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today I shared the first line of one of my next reads In Another Time by Caroline Leech. It’s a YA historical romance set during WWII in the Scottish Highlands. Here, though, I’ll share something from the book I am currently reading, See All the Stars by Kit Frick. I’m on chapter 31 now so I’m going to share the first line of that chapter.

    I grabbed Jenni before fourth, on our way into the sky dome.

    Enjoy your weekend. May it be filled with great books 📚📚📚

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

      Hope yours is great too!

  7. Anneliese Dalaba August 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    It was interesting to read about the author. The book I’m sharing on my blog is “The Covenant” by Hilda Stahl. Here, I will share the first line in Chapter 9 of the same novel. “In September, Jennet stood beside the open front door, held the satchel of clothes out to Free, and said dutifully, “Take care of yourself.”” Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

      You too!

  8. j9reads August 17, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m featuring lines from Julia Wolf’s Cut Free on my blog today.

    Here, I’m sharing lines from Susan Stoker’s Defending Allye.

    “So I’ll see you back at the rendezvous point, right?” Black asked.
    “Absolutely,” Gray told his friend and partner as he readied himself to slip over the side of the fiberglass boat into the Pacific Ocean.

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

      Hmm. What could go wrong? Have a great weekend!

  9. nashpredsfan27 August 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next in the Darkwater series.

    I’m about to start Hiding in Plain Sight by Mary Ellis, so I’ll share that first line here:
    It wouldn’t have taken much to turn a lousy day into something left of atrocious.

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary August 17, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

      Good line! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Yvette - Bookworlder August 18, 2018 at 2:00 am #

    I’m sharing from True Grit by Charles Portis today, here is a line from the ebook at 7%:

    “If Papa had a failing it was his kindly disposition. People would use him. I did not get my mean streak from him.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary August 18, 2018 at 7:27 am #

      Love it!

  11. hjsnyder28 August 18, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    Great first line! Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary August 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. bellesmoma16 August 18, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    On my blog, I’ve shared the first line from Kim Vogel Sawyer’s upcoming novel Ours For a Season. Right now, I’m just finishing up As the Tide Comes In by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall. I’m going to share the first line from chapter 36 here:

    “Luella drove toward church as Tara fidgeted with notes to her speech.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time! 😃📚

    • rbclibrary August 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

      I’ll be starting the Woodsmall’s book next week. Looks good!

      • bellesmoma16 August 18, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

        It’s so good. I hope you enjoy it!

      • rbclibrary August 19, 2018 at 8:58 am #

        I am.

  13. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog August 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    I shared the first line from Amy Leigh Simpson’s When Fall Fades over on my blog.

    I JUST finished reading The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz, so I’ll share that first line here. “May 1775. Elisabeth took a breath, breaking an intense hour of concentration.”

  14. Iola Goulton August 19, 2018 at 12:21 am #

    I’ve just finished writing my review of this (it will post tomorrow). I thought it was excellent, and now I’m waiting for the sequel!

    I’m sharing from Know You More by Jan Thompson on my blog – it’s the latest addition to my never-ending to-read pile. And it’s currently free on Kindle (for around another 24 hours).

    • rbclibrary August 19, 2018 at 8:58 am #

      I appreciate your influence on my TBR!

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