You find your neighbour dead in his bath. Your son is with you. He sees everything. You discover your wife has been in the man's house. It seems she knew him. Now the police need to speak to you.
One night turns Alex Mercer's life upside down. He loves his family, and he wants to protect them, but there is too much he doesn't know.
He doesn't know how the cracks in his and Millicent's marriage have affected their son, Max. Or how Millicent's bracelet came to be under the neighbour's bed. He doesn't know how to be a father to Max when his own world is shattering into pieces.Then the murder investigation begins....
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"Ben McPherson has a very distinctive voice, and A Line of Blood is cleverly put together." (Val McDermid)
"A tense, touching, smartly written thriller with a very clever twist. McPherson is an impressive new voice." (Tim Lott)
"A hugely impressive debut, well written and psychologically acute; a devastating depiction of a family tearing itself apart." (Paul Johnston)
This belongs to the style if gone girl. Very interesting take on the story told in the first person. Unfolds very interestingly by getting to know the characters intimately. Like them or loath them, the psychological profiles are understandable. . No unnecessary waffle. The story is well paced. I'm nearly finished it but still can't predict how it will end
There are several moments when background information just decloaks, blink and you'll miss them.. You can't afford to fast forward, not that you'd want to. This is a new writer I believe. Could be wrong about this but I can't wait for the next book. Sad to be ending this book. It's a psychologically deep insight into flawed characters that you may not like. Very original take on story telling. I enjoyed the tone and atmosphere of the book
Perfect narration. Great match for the lead character. Quirky. Would definitely listen to him again
Not really as the characters neither evoke loathing, admiration, or pity. They are not particularly likeable but this does not detract from story. The narration sets the scene,
I loved it and will be hard pressed to pick a next book that equals this. Worth a credit for sure
Wow- this is not just a story - this tangled web is a fantastic observation of life. Beautifully and skilfully written and narrated. Strong hints of Ian Mcewans Enduring Love. I was literally transfixed from beginning to end.
A gripping thriller which keeps you hooked
Who do you know?
Narrator very good - more please of the author and narrator.
The characters are just awful, you dont like them, care about them and they appear completely absorbed in their own little lives. The narrator just adds to the blandness. I just want the book to end and move to something which actually comes to life.
There was not a single character that I could emphasise with. All were selfish, self absorbed and were not even believable in their actions. By the end of the book I did not care what happened to any of them.
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