Monday, October 5, 2015

Blog Tour: A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Author: Ben McPherson
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication:September 2015

Whose secrets cut deeper?
Your family’s.

Whose secrets do you fear?
Your neighbor’s.

Whose secrets can kill?
Your own.

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 he and Max find their enigmatic next-door neighbor dead in his apartment, their lives are suddenly and irrevocably changed. The police begin an extremely methodical investigation, and Alex becomes increasingly impatient for them to finish. After all, it was so clearly 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.

I'll be honest, it took me a while to figure out what to even say about this story,  A Line of Blood is going to be a book you either love or don't.  For me, I didn't.  I did finish it all the way to the end and I just wouldn't recommend it.  The book opens with Alex and his son finding their neighbor dead in his bathtub.  It seems that it was a suicide at first.  But the police begin to suspect that it was murder. Alex and his wife are thrown into the spotlight when things begin to not add up.

The thing I didn't like about this book was the characters.  None of them are likable.  In fact, they all kind of got what they deserved if you want my opinion.  Millicent is the worst of the three.  How Alex stayed with her after all of her secrets were revealed was beyond me.  I wouldn't call this a thriller or entirely suspenseful.  None of the secrets were very shocking, just unforgivable.  The ending is pretty easy to figure out as there is enough foreshadowing if you look hard enough.  So, why did I read through to the end?  I had been looking forward to this book and I kept hoping it would get better.  I was also hoping for a different ending.  But it never came.  

About Ben McPherson

Ben McPherson is a television producer, director, and writer and for more than ten years worked for the BBC, among other outlets. He is currently a columnist for Aftenposten, Norway’s leading quality daily, and lives in Oslo with his wife and two children.
Find Ben on Twitter and Facebook.

Purchase Links

Ben’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, September 29th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, September 30th: Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, October 2nd: Booked on a Feeling
Monday, October 5th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, October 6th: Ace and Hoser Blook
Wednesday, October 7th: Booksie’s Blog
Thursday, October 8th: I’m Shelf-ish
Monday, October 12th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, October 13th: BoundbyWords
Wednesday, October 14th: A Bookworm’s World
Thursday, October 15th: Novel Excapes


Alyn said...

Sorry to hear that you didn't like this book. I am pretty sure I won't be reading it either.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.