I am half way through writing a novel and the first line of it is: "The moment I fell to my death, my Gran was turning on the porch light." The problem is she doesn't actually die because, in the end, another character saves her. If you were reading this would you be let down that I sort of lie on the first page. EDIT: In my book a serial killer has gripped a small town. In the climax, the main character will nearly be killed by the killer. Would it be better if I wrote: "As my head thudded against the frozen tree, my Gran was turning the porch light." This is the first line of the preface. The preface then goes back a few minutes to how she ended up facing the killer. Then chapter 1 begins a few months in the past. Is it stupid to do it like this?