A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

A Line in the Dark

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 ...

Details A Line in the Dark

TitleA Line in the Dark
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherDutton Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Glbt

Reviews A Line in the Dark

  • Emily May
    I really feel like this book was poorly marketed. If you're anything like me, you were drawn in by that gorgeous and sinister cover, and a title that seems to promise something dark and creepy - but the book's content is very different. There were some things I liked, but overall it lacked the darkness and thrills required for a mystery/thriller.Let's start with what I did like. I quickly realized that A Line in the Dark was not the book I was ex...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Full review to come!
  • Stacee
    3.5 starsI'm a sucker for a psychological thriller and the synopsis coupled with that gorgeous cover sold me.I liked Jess well enough. She's loyal and smart and just a bit stalker-ish to keep me guessing on what she was up to. I felt like Angie, Margot, and Ryan were never really fleshed out. I'm not sure if it was on purpose, but it was quite effective in making me not trust anyone.Plot wise it was more of a quiet anticipation than a thriller. I...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Let’s get something straight, this is not an f/f romance. There’s no “happy” ending about it. A Line in the Dark is a mystery thriller that fuses relevant themes in the plot. It isn’t dark or twisted per my standard. The plot is straightforward, it’s predictable. However, it’s engaging which what matters the most. I finished it in one gulp. It’s fast paced. You’ll like and distrust the characters at the same time.The story follo...
  • Allison
    YES. GIMME MORE COMMERCIAL QUEER LADY GENRE YA FICTION. I looooooooved this. Delightfully flirts those lines between obsession, love, and friendship. An unreliable narrator? *thinky face emoji* Oh my, yes. Perfect for fans of Kara Thomas or, if I have to say it, E. Lockhart.
  • Ava
    I liked this! A phycological thriller with queer girls + Chinese main character + drama + secrets = perfection. But I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Here's why:- There's a shift between first and third person POV halfway through, and it felt awkward. I liked the first person much more. - I wanted more from the ending? It wasn't what I was expecting, but it just shocked me and then it was over. Maybe that's the point of a thrill...
  • Danny
    3.5/5 Pros:-Loved the diversity! Queer girls+Chinese main character.-Super quick read was intrigued with the story!Cons:-Ending was a bit rushed-POV shift -Wasn't as "thrilling" as I was hoping it would be
  • Crowinator
    Actual rating: 4.5 starsI may actually try to write a review for this one - it packed a big punch for such a slim book.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I had never heard of A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo until recently, but I am so glad I read it now. I enjoyed it and thought it was a tightly plotted book.The book starts with Jess, a Chinese girl who is in love with her best friend, Angie. It has all the feel of a YA contemporary with that typical trope although it's a F/F romance, which put a spin on things. I also loved how Jess' heritage and the fact she was a comic book artist came into pl...
  • Carissa
    I received an ARC from the author in a giveaway. This review is for the ARC.Ok, so I started this book and finished it the same day I got it. I was absolutely blown away with the ending. I knew it was coming, but just HOW it happened really amazed me. A lot of people are saying they didn't like the POV shift from part one to part two, but I really liked it. It made the story seem more out of Jess' control. I liked the transcripts a lot. I don't w...
  • Kathy Cunningham
    Malinda Lo’s A LINE IN THE DARK is a dark, edgy psychological thriller about a love triangle between three teenage girls. Sixteen-year-olds Jess Wong and Angie Redmond have been best friends since grade school. But after Angie comes out to Jess as gay, the dynamic between them changes. Jess begins to have feelings for Angie she can’t quite explain, and when Angie falls for rich girl Margot Adams, Jess feels her world falling apart. Ultimately...
  • Cindy
    Malinda Lo does it again! Had the pleasure of beta reading this and it is one of my favorites by her along with Huntress—two verydifferent genres, both equally fantastic. Can't wait for this to releasein October!!
  • Rachael
    "This is what I remember." Hoo boy, this book took me on a wild ride. I loved Adaptation by Malinda Lo, but A Line in the Dark was surely a step up. This wasn't a typical thriller, in that there weren't a ton of action scenes and the lead wasn't a straight white male (let's be real: 98% of thrillers have straight white male leads. We need more without them). A Line in the Dark was more of a quiet sort of thriller. The emotion that's evoked as you...
  • Alex
    Review to come
  • Lara
    ARC received via a Goodreads giveaway--thank you so much!It is a good book (Malinda Lo does not write bad books), but I am not its target audience. I empathize with Jess to a fair extent--I too was desperately in love with one of my best friends in high school, I too felt like blending into the walls and merely existing was a fair price to pay for not being the target of bullies. But the layers of extra emotion and stress that pile onto Jess (her...
  • Pleides Ostra
    This is a YA book, which I normally don't read and was pleasantly surprised, it was good. I was happy that it dealt with real people and didn't shy away from female relationships. The book dives into life at high school revolving around close friends and who they become intimate with. I think the ending of the book could have been drawn out a bit more but overall it had me reading right up to the last page. As far as the whodunit part it did surp...
  • Cambear
    Pitched as Mean Girls meets Gone GirlIt's a hypnotic thriller with some awful people and awful moments, but it's so compelling anyway. Jess is in love with her best friend who starts to date a girl with a bunch of snotty friends. Bad things happen and secrets are revealed. It's brisk, diverse and creepy so if you're looking for a thriller, grab this book.Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of the book for review.
  • Maggie Thrash
    Juicy, bitchy, and sinister. Friend drama, lesbian drama, crime drama. I loved that there were hardly any boys in this book. Like there was maybe one guy and he didn't even have a speaking part. It was so refreshing. Girls forever, seriously
  • Teresa
    Great read that had hints of Single White Female throughout....Jess & Angie have a perfectly dysfunctional relationship that had me yelling at them as the book progressed. Thanks to Penguin for the ARC!
  • Alana
    I feel like Malinda Lo's work is really readable but sloppy--I don't think the shift midpoint does anything for the story, and the end left me disappointed. This isn't the first time Lo's work made me feel this way.