A Line In The Dark by Malinda LoA Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo

A Line In The Dark

byMalinda Lo

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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“A twisty, dark psychological thriller that will leave you guessing til the very end."—Teen Vogue

“[A] riveting read…"—NPR

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.
Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.
As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.
When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.
“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.”
A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

★ "Mesmerizing."—Kirkus, starred review. 
Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels Ash, Huntress, Adaptation, and Inheritance. Ash 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 th...
Title:A Line In The DarkFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.63 × 5.75 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.63 × 5.75 × 0.98 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073522742X

ISBN - 13:9780735227422


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Misleading This book wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be. It promised 'psychological thriller' and I just... didn't really feel that? I think the intensity level could have been turned way up. "A Line in the Dark" spends most of its time being about Jess and Angie, and, in particular, Jess's feelings for Angie. Margot is introduced and, I thought, seems suspicious. Like she's hiding something. I enjoyed reading about Jess. Her relationship with Angie was really well written. Jess is kind of obsessive about her, so I believed that this was the nudge towards the 'psychological thriller' aspect. The book's prologue starts it all off in a very intriguing and mysterious fashion, but then things slow right down. It hitches back to 'normal'. As a contemporary 'romance' novel, I really enjoyed this book. As a thriller/mystery? Not so much. The ending was a let down for me. I liked how the author changed the formatting for the 'interview' portions, but I was confused when the POV was changed from first person to third. I suppose I understand why it was changed to a third person narrative, but it was kind of odd. The characters were well written and well developed. The ending, as well as the latter part of the book, fell flat for me. It was predictable and made a big event seem small. It was a quick read. I wish the stakes had been higher. This book isn't as sinister as the cover, title, and reviews on the back of the book make it out to be. Bit of a misleader in that sense.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing. This book is marketed all wrong, or at least the synopsis misconstrues how the story is actually going to play out. I thought I was going to be in for a dark tale about the relationship between two female best friends and how easily it can cross lines from friendship to something more. It started out that way and then turned into a generic mystery, and overall, the book can only be described as anticlimactic. I can't say I was a huge fan of Jess, but she was more likable and sympathetic than any other character, all of which didn't leave any strong impressions. I wanted and was expecting intenser emotions and actions, which there was some of in the first half, but then almost entirely disappeared as the mystery came to the forefront. Disappointed with what could have been.
Date published: 2017-10-12

Read from the Book

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.

Editorial Reviews

“With an active focus on female friendships and relationships, A Line in the Dark is a twisty, dark psychological thriller that will leave you guessing til the very end. The story follows two friends down a path of dysfunction and murder as one of them, Chinese-American Jess tries to balance the expectations of her family, her fraught relationship with Angie, and her mounting sexual attraction for her. Lo offers some impressive storytelling, a chilling plot, and mean girls aplenty.”—Teen Vogue“[A] riveting read… The story of tensions, romances and even violence between townies and prep school kids is well-trodden ground, but Lo makes it new and exciting by creating nuanced queer characters and giving them the chance to make their own terrible decisions.”—NPR"[A] heart-tugging story of a teenage girl who expresses herself in art in ways she can’t quite do in real life — even as she tries to hold on to her best friend despite grappling with deeper feelings for her.”—Vulture"AAsh, Huntress, and Inheritance, A Line in the Dark. Lo instantly invites readers along, enticing them to stay up just a little bit later for the next big reveal, and supplies readers with one final twist that will take their breath away."—Lambda Literary"[A] hauntingly captivating thriller."—Bustle"This slender novel packs a punch."—Brightly"A Line in the Dark marks Lo’s foray into the contemporary genre, promising an intense read that should be at the top of your list."—Paste"Malinda Lo's A Line in the Dark is soaked in menace. Each page in this brilliant thriller is deliciously unsettling—like Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken and Now I Rise.“A beautifully written and compellingly well-observed psychological thriller.” —Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives and Cold Magic"As soon as I finished, I had to read it again.” —Justine Larbalestier, author of My Sister Rosa and Liar★"Malinda Lo delivers an enthralling mystery full of twists, turns, dark heroics... and high school."—Shelf Awareness, starred review ★ "Lo has delivered an intricate tapestry of narrative, woven in a labyrinthine pattern of secrets and colored with intersecting hues of Chinese-American identity, the dark intensity of relationships, and telltale stains of blood.... Mesmerizing."—Kirkus, starred review★ "The plot is fast-paced and will keep readers guessing until the end. The characters are well developed and feel authentic. It is refreshing to read about LGBT characters in a story where being LGBT is not the focus. Any young adult reader who loves psychological thrillers will be clamoring to get their hands on this captivating book."—School-Library Connection, starred review"Drawing every charatcer as complicit in unexpected and thought-provoking ways, Lo spins an addictive psychological mystery."—The Horn Book"Dark, twisty, and unsettling, this book almost begs to be read in one sitting, and then instantly reread.... Verdict: A high-interest thriller with wide appeal recommended for all collections."—SLJ★ Kirkus Best Teen Book  ★ ★ Vulture 10 Best YA Books ★★ Chicago Public Library's Best Teen Fiction ★★ Rainbow List ★