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A Line of Blood by [Ben McPherson]

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A Line of Blood Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 108 ratings

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"A Line of Blood delves deep into family dynamics for a psychological thriller with realistic twists that builds to a surprising denouement... [An] elegantly constructed plot reveals the secrets that bind these characters as well as pull them apart... An engrossing - and very dark - domestic thriller."--Washington Post

"A compelling read for its vivid portrait of a family whose secrets are hidden behind a mask of normalcy until a violent act rips it away... This is a novel for those who like their suspense written in dark tones."--New York Journal of Books

"McPherson's debut prolongs suspense until the dreadful truth becomes undeniable, raising the questions of how these well-drawn characters will survive and how justice is best served."--Library Journal

"McPherson's mystery is carefully constructed, a literary house of cards. Layer upon layer of revelation increases the tension."--Kirkus Reviews

"A family drama packed with suspense."--The Sunday Post (UK)

"Fascinating. From the first page of A LINE OF BLOOD, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down!"--Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

"Gripping from the get-go, A Line of Blood will have readers wondering what they might be capable of in the face of the terrible isolation of self within a family running off the rails."--Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Cold Cold Heart

"Many good novels pose the question: how should you act in certain circumstances? This is the question McPherson puts, and the answer that he finds for his characters seems to me admirable and yet morally dubious. This is how it should be."--The Scotsman (UK)

"McPherson displays a rare skill for creating characters with depth in a world that is splintering around them."--Daily Mail (UK)

"To say that the book is fascinating and hard to put down would be an understatement.... Former relationships and shameful episodes in Alex and Millicent's lives keep coming to light, making the tangle increasingly snarled rather than more understandable. And this quite effectively heightens the suspense."

"An impressive slice of domestic suspense... McPherson is a dab hand at creating realistically flawed characters to whom one just about manages to give the benefit of the doubt, and the ending... is still shocking."--The Guardian --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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For Alex Mercer, his wife Millicent and their son Max are everything--his perfect little tribe. But when their next-door neighbor dies, their lives are irrevocably changed. During the police investigation, troubling questions throw suspicion on Alex, Millicent, and even Max. Each of them has secrets, and each has something to hide.

With the walls of their world closing in on them, husband, wife, and son must 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. Highly provocative, intensely twisty and suspenseful, this novel will have you wondering if one of them--or all--are guilty, and will keep you on edge until its electrifying final pages.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B00N7348CS
  • Publisher : HarperCollins (26 March 2015)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 931 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 417 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 108 ratings

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Ferry Felts
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable exploration of family relationships and dynamics
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2015
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Susan Hampson
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling story that made my blood run cold
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2015
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