The way you introduce your character sets the tone for the relationship introducing between the reader and said character. Before a reader can bond with him, he has to know some basic details, such as gender, age, level of sophistication in the world and key characteristics. Reader distance themselves from characters who begin an emotional response to something the reader hasn’t witnessed.
Unless the first sentence hooks, you’ve just lost a reader. The aim of the first line is to propel the reader into reading the second, which drives him to read the third, and so on. Editors receive a stack of manuscripts on a daily basis. Excuses such as “it gets better when you get into it” just won’t do.
Don’t just love it when a book grabs you from the first paragraph and you just can’t put it down? You find yourself carrying the book around so that you can keep reading at any chance you get. Many writers aspire to writing a page-turner. Some writers have a natural talent for it, fortunately for the rest of us, it is a skill that can be learned.