I’m a bad reader. I can’t remember even one hook nor analyzed them as a story element. I assume they were good since they hooked me 🙂
So, I went back to a few of my favorite books and here is the winner—Catch 22.
“It was love at first sight.
The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him.”
I wouldn’t think twice if it was an opening of a regency romance. Except, Catch 22 is a war novel and these two characters are not the usual sweethearts. The hook sets the comic/satiric tone and only the first of many ‘say what?’.
Here is my try in creating a hook.
Shit happens to everybody, but it was Johnny Rose’s fault that Shitt’s Creek happened to his family. He should never have trusted his business manager.