Here's an opening paragraph for a novel:
"You have a secret. You consider it beyond embarrassing; it is vile, disgusting, and you know that if anyone found out, they would shun you. Your children would despise you, your spouse would abandon you, friends would turn away, your life, your job, they would all be gone. And you would accept all this as just.
I know what your secret is."
So, the question is, if you read this in a book you picked up off the rack, would you be inclined to keep reading or not ... ?