Monday, October 19, 2015

A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

5 Star

For Alex Mercer, his wife Millicent and their eleven-year-old son Max are everything, his little tribe that makes him feel all’s right with the world. But when he and Max find their enigmatic next door neighbor dead in his apartment, their lives are suddenly and irrevocably changed. As the police conduct a methodical investigation, Alex becomes increasingly impatient for them to finish. After all, it so clearly was a suicide.

But as new information is uncovered, troubling questions arise. Why was the neighbor charging his home improvements to the Mercer’s address? How did a possession of Millicent’s end up in his apartment? And what has Max been listening to through the common wall they share with the neighbor? As the knot of suspicion grows tighter, this close-knit family begins to crack. Is Alex really the loving husband he professes to be? And where does Millicent disappear to on those long walks, stewing over something she can’t forget?

Each of them is suffering. Each has something to hide. And as they each question how well they really know one another, the Mercers will be forced to decide how far they’ll go to protect themselves—and their family—from investigators carefully watching their every move . . . waiting for one of them to make a mistake. 

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I truly do love a great suspense novel especially when I cannot figure it out and the ending shocks me which was the case for this incredible book. The book doesn't beat around the bush at all but dives right into a complex and very detailed story from the first page which kept me reading, pulled in and needing to know what truly happened.

I did not enjoy the relationship between Alex and his wife Millicent, but the very strange relationship they had definitely played its part in this tale as it lent its own mystery to the story. They seemed like a somewhat odd match but the evolution of their relationship is unveiled to us which helps to make sense of it somewhat.

Their relationship with their son, Max, is a bit strange as well and he is definitely somewhat creepy, if I can even use that word for an 11 year old. I found it almost disconcerting to see how they interacted with each other but that also seemed to add to the level of suspense.

One of the things I really enjoyed was that I absolutely could not figure out what was going on. Not in a way where I was annoyed and confused but just when I thought I might have figured something out, the story twisted and I was kept guessing right until the end. A fantastic story with a lot of intriguing parts, I would recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of a creepy suspenseful story.

Thank you to William Morrow for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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  1. So pleased you liked it! Thank you so much for letting me know.

  2. I love it when an author keeps me guessing all the way through to the end - that kind of confusion is a great thing!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.



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