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, Lgbt, Contemporary, Fiction

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...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    This was weird. And not in a good way.I know this is marketing itself as dark, creepy, and atmospheric, but I'm going to be totally honest: it's not. There is embarrassingly little atmosphere. The tone is uninteresting, but occasionally inconsistent. And truly, this book just doesn’t go dark enough. The only creepy thing about this book is something I'm pretty sure wasn't meant to be creepy - Jess' crush on Angie. I had a crush on my girl best ...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    1.5 starsSEE MY VIDEO REVIEW HERE! Unfortunately this had everything I wanted but nothing was executed to my satisfaction. The two halves of the book did not come together (first person in the 1st half and 3rd person + texts and transcripts in the 2nd half). There was an excess use of the modifiers "really" and "super", which adds superfluous bulk to the writing and shows that the word choice wasn't strong enough and needs to improve. There were ...
  • Riley
    I really wanted to like this book :(Pros:-There's great diversity-Asian main character-queer girls Cons:-The first half of this book was so boring I almost quit many times-I didn't like any of the characters so I just didn't care what happened to them-there was a shift from first person to third in the second half that felt strange. it almost made this seem like two different books-the thriller aspect wasn't at all thrilling and the conclusion wa...
  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    A Line in the Dark is a book that came highly recommended to me, and since I was already eyeballing it in the store, I felt like this would be perfect for a November read.I was right, because I truly enjoyed this book.The book follows a teenage girl named Jess, who is extremely passionate about drawing. Jess has a best friend named Angie and the two have been thick as thieves for a really long time, until Jess notices a girl approach Angie at the...
  • 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...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Full review to come!
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    To be honest, I was expecting this to be better, as I LOVED her last SF dulolgy, especially the first book Adaptation; those books were exciting and page-turning and had great alien conspiracies and bisexual romance. Unfortunately in A Line in the Dark there were quite a few things that didn't work for me: very awkward POV switch two thirds of the way through, flat characters, and just a general not great grip on the thriller genre conventions. T...
  • 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...
  • Acqua
    4.75 starsA Line in the Dark is the first contemporary mystery I've ever loved.It's a story about unhealthy friendships and relationships between three teenage girls, all three of them queer.The narrator is Jess Wong. She's Chinese-American, she has always loved art, and she's in love with her best friend Angie. This crush is unrequited, and that becomes even more clear when popular, beautiful Margot starts flirting with Angie. But Margot and her...
  • 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.
  • CW (Read Think Ponder)
    UPDATE: It's been a few hours since I finished this book and 1) I've bumped up the rating because I've given it more thought, and 2) I cannot stop thinking about it.I take back what I said about the ending being a missed opportunity regarding the character development. Thinking about it more carefully and reflecting on the events that led up to the ending, I'm now more inclined to say that Lo's storytelling was fantastic. Without giving away what...
  • Amanda
    3.5 rounded upThis book suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. The cover (which is what first drew me to the book) portrays a super creepy, goth feel but that's not really what the book is. The book itself is almost like 2 books. The first part is great. It's a first person narration through Jess. Jess is a high school girl trying to figure her life out. There is a lot here about identity and the intense friendships girls develop at this age. ...
  • 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...
  • Taryn Pierson
    I don’t read much realistic young adult fiction. It’s just not my jam. I already lived through high school once and taught it for another four years, so when it comes to teen angst, I’ve graduated twice. But I love YA fiction that brings another element along with it, like a historical bent or a bizarre fantasy world or a dystopian nightmare scenario. A Line in the Dark is a delightful combo: a YA thriller. And it’s super thrilling becaus...
  • Rena
    *3.5 stars*I have thoughts about A Line in the Dark : partly that the mystery was slightly lackluster (you could see whodunit early), but mostly that Malinda Lo's writing and the unrequited love between Jess and Angie were the best parts of this book. If it had just focused on their "relationship," and expanded from there, it would have been a better read, for me at least. There wasn't enough build-up for me to invest in who was killed or why.
  • Meg
    This book is a classic the things we do for love type book. I read it in one day and it's a super quick easy read. I enjoyed it but I would not consider it to be a favorite. I enjoyed the characters but didn't love them enough to completely be invested in them. By the time the book was over I just kind of went... oh... okay then. I was impressed because it did have a better ending than I thought it was going to and the book kept me guessing throu...
  • Yune
    En muchas partes este libro me ha tocado de forma personal. Empezando por Jessica Wong, la protagonista.Jess tiene una mejor amiga y esta enamorada de ella, siempre la apoya y nunca la deja sola, sus sentimientos hacia ella eran tan intensos y palpables que pude sentir todo su amor y su añoranza, y el no poder exteriorizar esos sentimientos por miedo a perder a su mejor amiga. Además estos sentimientos me parecieron tan inocentes y puros, por e...
  • 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
  • Katie Gallagher
    Malinda Lo's A Line in the Dark is a fast, compulsive read, perfect for anyone looking to dig their way out of a reading slump. I'd compare it to a better, less bleak version of Tiny Pretty Things. The first chapter should be required reading for anyone who writes in first person--the mood, the sensory details, the character interactions and interior thoughts... Color me impressed. Lo's writing is the perfect combination of sometimes lush, someti...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    GRADE: B4 STARSIf a tree falls in a forest, and no one hears it fall, did it make a sound? The philosophical conundrum attributed to Charles Berkley makes me ask, “If a novel highlighting mental illness never mentions mental illness, is the book still about mental illness?A LINE IN THE DARK is marketed like a psychological thriller, but reads more psychological than thriller, though mental illness is never addressed. Jess and her best friend An...
  • Shelly
    Psychological thrillers aren't typically my thing but I really liked this one! I wasn't really sure where the mystery was going to go and I was pretty shocked at the ending. Like a few reviewers noted already, the switch from first person to third person in the second part of the novel didn't flow too well and I also preferred the first person narration to be continuous instead. Overall, A Line in the Dark is a thrilling mystery that is perfect f...
  • Karina
    *A huge thanks to Penguin Random House for providing me an eARC. This,by any means, did not affect nor influence my review."3.5 starsTwisting, dark and disturbing, A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo is a diverse read that explores the depths of friendship, identifying and accepting one’s sexuality, love obsession and murder.What I liked:• Dark atmosphere and eerie vibe from the very beginning.• We were welcomed by an intriguing prologue but t...
  • Anna
    This was the perfect way to start off 2018. I really liked the characters. My grade ten self and Jess were basically identical, except I can't draw for shit. Angie was kind of a selfish bitch. Letting Jess pine over her very obviously while constantly talking about Margot was a dick move. I wasn't entirely expecting the ending, which was a good surprise. (view spoiler)[Emily was ignored when it came to the investigation, so I was expecting her to...
  • Erin Arkin
    I have to start by saying I absolutely love the cover of A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo. I immediately wanted to read this based on the cover alone. Once I read the summary though I was even more intrigued. Once I dove into this book I didn’t really want to put it down. It was definitely a quick read and I found myself pulled into this story that revolves around friendship, relationships, and a bit of a mystery. I have to admit; the first hal...
  • Melissa
    I liked the book, the intrigue and how it was resolved, but I don’t understand why the synopsis focuses on darkness. But it is a weirdly tied up whodunnit, with queer characters that we don’t see enough. 3.5 stars because I lost sleep reading it!
  • paigeee
    3.5 Stars. This was a quick read for me. I loved the development of Jess, I wish Angie and Margot were more developed. The cover is gorgeous and gives this creepy, dark vibe. However, I was disappointed, I was wanting more creepy, and dark. I received neither.