A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

The neighbour is found dead in a bathtub. 11 year old Max and his dad (Alex) are the ones to find him. Millicent (the mum) seems particularly jumpy and upset by what has happened, and for some reason the police want to question her. It turns out Millicent wasn’t being honest and knew her neighbour more than she let on.

I really liked the character of Max. He seems smart and mature at times, but at other times he shows his innocence. He takes in a lot of what is going on around him and surprises the reader with his understanding of the world. He’s a stark reminder that you shape your children unintentionally and they never stop learning from you. I struggled to like Millicent at all; I’m sure this was deliberate. She was distant and uptight but still seemed to be controlled. I think I was meant to like Alex but couldn’t. He was a very passive person and that frustrated me. Alex and Millicent seemed like normal parents; generally trying their best but sometimes struggling to be the perfect role models. Ben McPherson did well to make flawed characters without them being irritating.

I did guess the ending before it was revealed, but it was a well crafted conclusion. You are led to suspect a few options but never anything too off-field that wasn’t in keeping with the story.

Ben has done a great job of exploring family relationships when put under strain.

4/5 stars

This book is published in America on the 29th of September 2015.

Get the book here A Line of Blood (UK) or here A Line of Blood (US)

If you liked this you might also like One Step Too Far

I received this book as a member of the reader review panel on Lovereading.co.uk. See more reviews here A Line of Blood

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: