Emotional Hook

I’ve covered beginning the first chapter with a hook and ending each chapter with one as well. Another type of hook is an emotional hook meant to make your reader empathize with your character through some type of hardship, a problem, or an injustice done to them. This should take place in the prologue or first chapter. It will cause the reader to become emotionally involved with your character and care about what lies ahead. They want to see the character overcome the obstacles.

Examples:
In the prologue, Captain Rafferty Tyler is strip of his rank and a T is branded on the back of his hand for being a thief. In these first few pages, we see an honorable man, who has been framed, lose everything including his fiancée before a crowd of the people who used to respect him.
Pot Potter — Relentless

In chapter one, Bryony, a woman falsely convicted for the murder of her husband and sentenced to an Australia prison, is sold to Captain Hayden St. John. Our first glimpse of Bryony shows her being dragged through the mud by a prison guard. She tries to escape, but St. John comes after her. She is made to walk behind his horse in the rain down muddy roads. When she sees the cemetery, he lets her say good-bye to her baby that had been buried earlier that day. Also we learn in the first chapter, that the Captain has lost his wife and needs a woman to nurse his baby.
Candice Proctor — Night in Eden

Rachel returns home to a town that hates her. Her car
breaks down in front of a closed drive-in theater. She has no money and a hungry little boy to feed. Her late husband had been an evangelist who’d ripped the town off and had blamed his overspending on her demanding lifestyle. Her outlook is so bleak that she offers herself to the drive-in owner in return for money and food.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Dream a Little Dream

Find ways to touch your reader’s heart or make them identify with your characters’ situations. These are usually the books I can’t put down.