A Thin, Dark Line by Emma Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
I was extremely fortunate to receive this as an ARC from NetGalley and The Writer’s Coffee Shop.
When does the search for justice become mere revenge? What’s the difference between the two?”
He was silent for several moments. “A thin dark line,” he said.
When I picked this book up, I had forgotten what the back cover blurb said about it. Going into the book without any knowledge about the plot, I was amazed to be sucked into the story from the very first chapter.
The story revolves around Eloise Carmichael, the town’s librarian who has eschewed her family’s wealth to follow her own path. When ex-con Cormac O’Malley arrives at the library’s doorstep looking for a job, Eloise decides to give the man a break he so desperately needs. Unfortunately, the town’s people aren’t nearly as forgiving and are trying to run Cormac out on a rail. When people suddenly show up dead, Cormac is the first person people look to as the culprit.
Despite the reactions of her family and friends, Eloise won’t back down and continues to allow Cormac to work at the library.
He handled the books with surprising care. And something inside me stuttered as I noticed how he cradled the tattered books in his large, calloused hands…
My God, you would be an easy man to love, Cormac O’Malley. The thought shocked me. And terrified me.
Elliot’s descriptions and phrasing are all done so simply. So eloquently that nothing feels overdone. I appreciated the way the mystery wove itself around the growing attraction between the two main characters. I enjoyed the twist at the end and it was one that surprised me, not an easy feat. I usually pick out the villain right away.
I loved the buildup of the romantic story and how it wasn’t easy or perfect, because neither main character was perfect. Their relationship pulsed through the story, the push and pull of the various people, events and emotions in the story all had a factor into their budding love.
Before I could formulate a thought or question, his lips covered mine again. And while the first had been explosive, this kiss was shattering in its tenderness.
A really unexpected and lovely book. Well done and I can’t wait to read the next story Elliot comes up with.