“Surely an unspoken fear of parents is that they will discover that their child has some dark secret, that their normal, well-adjusted, happy child is hiding something. McPherson introduces us to just such a family in a whodunit with many layers of psychological intrigue, secrets, and unspoken emotion. Alex and Millicent and their son, Max, find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation and what was once taken for granted begins to unravel around them. This is a must-read for anyone who loves being in the clutches of a brilliant thriller with anything but a straight line to the conclusion.”
— Linda Schaefer (E), Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson, OH
A London family must deal with the murder of their secretive neighbor and the nerve-wracking police investigation that follows in this highly provocative, intensely twisty and suspenseful debut thriller that will have you guessing if one--or all--of them is guilty.For Alex Mercer, his wife Millicent and their 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. As the police conduct a methodical investigation, Alex becomes increasingly impatient for them to finish. After all, it was so clearly a suicide.But as new information is uncovered, troubling questions arise. Why was the neighbor charging his home improvements to the Mercer's address? How did a possession of Millicent's end up in his apartment? And what has Max been listening to through the common wall they share with the neighbor? As the knot of suspicion grows tighter, this close-knit family begins to crack. Is Alex really the loving husband he professes to be? And where does Millicent disappear to on those long walks, stewing over something she can't forget?Each of them is suffering. Each has something to hide. And as they each question how well they really know one another, the Mercers will be forced to 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.After reading A Line of Blood, you will never look at your loved ones the same way again.