McPherson, Ben A Line of Blood

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A Line of Blood

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A chilling psychological thriller about family – the ties that bind us, and the lies that destroy us. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl.

Alex Mercer and his son Max find their next-door neighbour dead in the bath. It looks like suicide, but the police want to talk to Alex’s wife.

Millicent married Alex for a work permit: at least that has become the myth. The truth is they married for love, but neither wants to be exposed as a romantic. They swear and smoke in front of their son, but that’s as far as their rebelliousness goes.

The police question Millicent about a bracelet found at the neighbour’s house. She admits to a mild flirtation – nothing more. But Max knows things about his mother that no son should know, and he wants to share that burden with his father.

Alex starts to wonder how close he came to losing his wife. Part of him is almost glad the neighbour is dead.

Then the murder investigation begins.

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A chilling psychological thriller about family – the ties that bind us, and the lies that destroy us. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl.

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…

Review:

‘Ben McPherson drew me into the life of an ordinary family and gave me a ringside seat to watch the fracturing of those relationships beneath the weight of a murder investigation. 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

‘It is both an extraordinary novel and thriller, and brilliantly written’ Claire Kendal

‘McPherson displays a rare skill for creating characters with depth in a world that is splintering around them’ Daily Mail

‘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

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