If you're having trouble getting the perfect hook set up in your story, don't lose heart! If you work at it, you'll discover one of three things:
1) My novel just needs XYZ (and then you can implement that)
2) It's just not going to work having XYZ.... (change it)
3) The whole novel isn't going to work.
If #3 ^ happens to you, take it as a good thing. You won't have to waste time trying to hook the reader with a story that doesn't work. Instead, you can focus your attention on another story that has potential to hook people and drag them under into your story world.
Is writing hard for you?
Have you ever shelved a project?