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A Thin, Dark Line by Emma Elliot

A Thin, Dark Line

by Emma Elliot

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Author: Emma Elliot
Published By: The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"A Thin, Dark Line" by Emma Elliot was a great blend of mystery, with emotions, humor, family, and romance that will enter into this novel that kept the big surprise of just what was behind all of this plot...only coming together toward the end.

A ex-con, Cormac O'Mally had come back to this town of Dogwood...after being in prison for killing the Sheriff's grandson.....needed a job and Eloise Carmichael come to his aid and hires him as a handyman at the library and all hell brakes lose because the town was outraged and only wanted this "murderer" out of their town. Will the town of Dogwood ever be the same? However, Eloise remembered the kind of person Cormac was to her when she was just thirteen and Cormac was sixteen.... how he had helped her when she had fallen off her bike. Was this why Eloise had wanted to help Cormac now that he was out of prison? Did she still have a crush on him? The town people are in a uproar that the local librarian had hired Cormac. Eloise friends are now fearing for her safety, her family acts out, employees even quit... now someone has ransacked the library and ...oh no, someone is found dead. This is where I will stop and say you will only get the rest of the story by picking up this excellent read to find out just what will happen next. Be ready because there is a lots of twist and turns going on in this read of "A Thin, Dark Line."

The characters are all very intriguing, captivating, delightful, humorous...... From Eloise(Aunt Weez), Jane, Ben,Robby, Harman, Cormac to many others that will keep your interest in this wonderful well written novel. All of the characters added a certain element to this read that will kept you on the edge of your seat till the end just wanting to know what this story is all about. Will Eloise and Comac which are totally opposites due to their pass be able to come together? This author will definitely take you through a suspenseful mystery that will keep you guessing up to the end. This is where I say again... you must pick up "A Thin, Dark Line" to see how all of this intriguing captivating story will come out.

Will there be a a 'Happy Ever After?'...after all the trouble this couple has gone through? Well, once again you will have to pick up this excellent read that I recommend to find out. ( )
  arlenadean | Oct 17, 2012 |
A Thin, Dark Line by Emma Elliot
4/5 stars
Source: Netgalley

Emma Elliot’s A Thin, Dark Line is a triple threat with a dark mystery, a character driven plot, and a sweet romance that delivers on all levels. Everyone has a past but Cormac O’Malley’s includes fifteen years in prison for murder. Eloise Carmichael’s past included a privileged upbringing in a cold an unloving environment but no murder. To say the least both Cormac and Eloise are not what their parents expected them to be.

Cormac has never denied his guilt and now that he has served his time he has returned to his hometown to care for his ailing and aging grandfather. Unfortunately for Cormac it is his grandfather and perhaps two other people who are happy about his return. Unfortunately for everyone else, Cormac doesn’t care; he has unfinished business that needs attending to and he will see it through before leaving town for good. What Cormac so doesn’t count on is Eloise Carmichael coming into to his life.

Eloise, affectionately known as El to her friends, is a refreshingly real character who always, no matter the consequences stays true to herself and her beliefs. Oh, and she has a habit of speaking her mind often before her internal edit button has a chance to engage. Like Cormac, El is her family’s black sheep despite being well-educated and successful in her career. The morning Cormac re-enters El’s life is the same morning she decides her life is in a rut and she needs a full-time handyman for the library she runs.

From the beginning, everyone except El, questions both El’s sanity and her decision to hire Cormac as the library’s handyman. Why the hell shouldn’t she hire him? He has the necessary skill set, he proves reliable immediately, and he has paid his debt to society. True to her nature, El rabidly and frequently defends her decision and Cormac to anyone who cares to question her. El often also finds herself reminding everyone that the past is just that, the past. Or is it? When the first dead body falls out of the library’s attic on top of El the past suddenly begins to rear its ugly head and every finger in town is pointing toward Cormac as the most obvious suspect. On yet another unfortunate note, the first dead body is just the first dead body. Before long the body count starts piling up and the past and the present are on a collision course with one another.

Here’s what I like:
*The mystery: It’s no secret I love backstories so Elliot’s mystery which involves both the past and the present totally satisfied my need for a thriller mixed with a long-buried dirty little secret. The backstory brings everything together and ties up all the little loose ends that have been, like the dead bodies, piling up throughout the novel.

*El’s relationship with, well, everyone! You may not like El and her attitude but she is a real and authentic character whom the author never allows to deviate from her strong personality. El’s honesty, loyalty, and ability to trust despite all the damning evidence right in front of her makes her all the better. El trusts her gut and knows, without doubt that her faith hasn’t been misplaced.

*The Flow: A Thin, Dark Line moves so smoothly from start to finish you don’t even realize how much you have read. While the mystery is a mystery, it isn’t overly complicated or drawn out to the point of absurdity. The plot moves like it means it without being at all rushed and the mystery unravels logically if somewhat tragically. Once the past and present meet there is no stopping the inevitable and all of the players come together for an excellent finish.

*The Epilogue: this is the second time this year I find myself giving an author some major props for rocking the epilogue. As it should be, everything is tied up in the epilogue and the resolution of each character’s story is quite satisfying. El and Cormac’s budding romance is finally able to blossom, all of the dirty little secrets and the truth have been exposed which allows everyone, but in particular Cormac, to move forward. ( )
  arthistorychick | Sep 8, 2012 |
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