A Line in the Dark

A Line in the Dark

by Malinda Lo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735227439
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 101,284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels AshHuntressAdaptation, and InheritanceAsh was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. www.malindalo.com

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This is what I remember: the leather box lying open on the marble kitchen island; inside it a bed of black satin cradling a golden gun. It’s small enough to look like a toy.

Across the kitchen, Angie opens the back door, letting in a freezing blast of winter air. She looks upset, and I’m pulled to her almost involuntarily. All I want to do is make sure she’s okay, and it doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me.

It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.

Margot comes inside behind Angie, grabbing her hand. “Please,” she says. Angie doesn’t pull away. She doesn’t even see me.

The room spins. My tongue is thick from the syrup of too many drinks. I have beached up against the edge of the island, the marble cutting into my stomach, and the box is right in front of me. The gun is engraved with leaves and flowers, and it looks like a charm you might wear on a bracelet next to a miniature dagger and a coil of rope.

I reach for it. The metal is cool, the gun heavier than I expected. It’s pretty. The vines seem to come alive, twining around the grip and the barrel, ending in the small dark muzzle: a silent, open mouth.

Someone says my name.

Ryan, Margot’s best friend, lunges toward me from the other side of the island. She’s an avenging demon of the ice princess variety, blond and pale with her silver dress glittering over pushed-up breasts while she points her finger at me.

“Liar.”

Angie is beside me, her face a mask of shock. “What the hell are you doing?” she demands. “Let’s go.”

It takes me a second to realize she wants to leave. With me.

She takes my hand, pulls the gun away. Her fingers are so cold it’s as if they’d been dipped in a bucket of ice, but they still send an electric jolt all the way through my vodka-induced emotional padding.

Angie puts the gun back in the box. Ryan picks it up, curling her finger around the trigger.

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A Line in the Dark 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was quick and very well-written and totally compelling. The ending did feel rushed to me and I wanted the consequences of it to be explored more than they really were, but on the whole I liked this one a lot.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I'm a sucker for a psychological thriller and the synopsis coupled with that gorgeous cover sold me. I liked Jess well enough. She's loyal and smart and just a bit stalker-ish to keep me guessing on what she was up to. I felt like Angie, Margot, and Ryan were never really fleshed out. I'm not sure if it was on purpose, but it was quite effective in making me not trust anyone. Plot wise it was more of a quiet anticipation than a thriller. It was slow moving, but I was interested the entire time. I would have liked more at the ending, especially after everything was revealed. It was a shock and then it was over. The only other thing is that it randomly shifts from first to third person and that felt clunky and took me out of the rhythm of the story. Overall, it was a quick read with enough of a creepy factor to keep me engaged. **Huge thanks to Dutton Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this! Quietly creepy with an engrossing love triangle. The end is a bit rushed but the warped longing in all the characters really sold this story for me. The blurb is accurate, I immediately had to skim it again when I finished!