A Line in the Dark - Malinda Lo | ARC Review

Pages: 288
Format: Physical
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publication: Dutton Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 2/5

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. While 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 curse than 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.

This was disappointing. A Line in the Dark wasn't as dark as I expected and I didn't end up enjoying tit as much as I expected too either.

There's a possessive friendship between the main character, Jess, and her best friend, Angie. Jess has been in love with her best friend for a long time and once Angie starts dating Margot, Jess becomes very jealous. It wasn't only the jealousy between Jess and Angie that felt off but Margot hates Jess from the beginning and immediately Angie puts Margot first. The "connection" between Angie and Margot happens so fast and I didn't believe Angie would have turned on Jess that quickly. I wasn't convinced about anything that was happening. I needed more details, I needed more reason to why this close friendship fell to pieces so quickly and I found the characters pretty flat.

There was also a lot "sneaking around" and spying between characters or characters being accused of spying on others and I thought it was too convenient or happened too close to each other to be believable. By the middle of the book the drama between the two best friends becomes second priority and a mystery of a dead girl found is pushed to the forefront. At this point the POV also changes from Jess to an ominous POV, which felt strange to me.

But on a positive note, at least the cover and the start of each chapter is beautiful. I wouldn't personally recommend this to anyone but if you've had your eye on it I'd say go for it and decide for yourself.


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