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    Do you think it's ok to have a rhetorical question as a first sentence of a novel? 


     In my opinion, everything is possible. I do guess that the perspective of the story is important. Is it a third-person-narrator? In that case, it might come across as lecturing/telling ... and kill any suspense or sense of engagement. 

    It would work very different with a first person perspective, when the reader can identify with the character. Especially if it's a question he/she is curious about. 

    The good thing in either case: If I pick up your book, I will know by looking at that first sentence alone, whether it's the book for me.

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