A Line of Blood (Paperback)

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An intense, psychological thriller; in which Alex and his son Max find their next-door neighbor dead in his bathtub. The police first suspect suicide then murder and turn their investigation toward Millicent, Alex's wife. How well did she know the neighbor? What secrets does Max know about his parents? Intriguing and twisty, this is part "whodunnit" and a peek inside a family tearing itself apart. This is for anyone who enjoyed Girl on a Train. --Angela

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October 2015 Indie Next List

“Surely an unspoken fear of parents is that they will discover that their child has some dark secret, that their normal, well-adjusted, happy child is hiding something. McPherson introduces us to just such a family in a whodunit with many layers of psychological intrigue, secrets, and unspoken emotion. Alex and Millicent and their son, Max, find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation and what was once taken for granted begins to unravel around them. This is a must-read for anyone who loves being in the clutches of a brilliant thriller with anything but a straight line to the conclusion.”
— Linda Schaefer (E), Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson, OH


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

As new information is uncovered, troubling questions arise--questions that begin to throw suspicion on Alex, Millicent, and even Max. Each of them has secrets it seems. And each has something to hide.

With the walls of their perfect little world closing in on them day after day, 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.

A Line of Blood explores what it means to be a family--the ties that bind us, and the lies that can destroy us.

You will never look at your loved ones the same way again. . . .

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062406118
ISBN-10: 0062406116
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: English