A Thin, Dark LineEmma Elliot
When Cormac O’Malley—Dogwood, Ohio’s former outcast and a man just released after spending fifteen years in prison—returns and shows up on her doorstep, librarian Eloise Carmichael hires him as a handyman despite her family’s warnings and her own misgivings. Inexplicably drawn to Cormac, Eloise begins to form a tentative friendship with the tortured, aloof man and unknowingly becomes ensnared in his quest for vengeance.
When a body is found at the library, suspicions center on Cormac, and Eloise finds herself in the role of his defender, pitted against the most powerful men in town. As the threats against Cormac escalate, Eloise becomes obsessed with the mysteries surrounding a murder that took place fifteen years ago and begins the task of delving into the past in hopes of discovering the source of the present danger.
As the body count rises and family secrets are brought to light, Eloise and Cormac are forced to realize that the only hope for redemption—and love—lies in each other. But when doubt is cast on Cormac’s innocence and her very life is threatened, the one man Eloise isn’t certain she can trust is the only one who can save her.
Praise for A Thin, Dark Line
The characters felt like people I could know, warm, welcoming, quirky at times and loving...I haven’t felt so strongly the need to cheer for a male fictional character in a long time...In this story, there are good guys and bad guys, and guys who should be good but aren’t, and some who don’t do good things but you understand why....When it was over, I was fully and deeply satisfied, even as I wanted more of it, just a few more pages of time to spend with characters I had come to love.
This was great writing by Emma Elliot. She meticulously built her characters and plot, taking her time to draw you into their lives. I loved Cormac, and Eloise is a strong character with strong convictions--the only thing she didn't have the strength to fight was her feelings for Cormac.
Cindy McDonald, Amazon
What a nice surprise A Thin, Dark Line turned out to be! I'm always wary of debut novels, but this debut reads like the work of a veteran author. It was an incredible, emotional, riveting romantic suspense novel that I finished in one sitting.
A Thin, Dark Line is a debut novel, but you won't realize that when reading it. The prose is flowing effortlessly, the characters are well developed, the touches of humour well blended with the more serious and dark parts of the story. Because essentially, A Thin, Dark Line is a dark story: a story about how cruel people can be, taking advantage of others when in need, about how hard life can be to a small boy, about how difficult it can be to fit in when you're not willing to conform with society's rules or blend with the crowd.
Fani "avid reader", Amazon
The author’s voice is captivating and I felt transported straight into her world right from the first paragraphs. It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel and I’m looking forward to more books by Emma Elliott.
A Thin, Dark Line is tightly wound suspense reminiscent of the best of Alfred Hitchcock. A part of the genius of Alfred Hitchcock is that he hinted at things and let the imaginations of his audience do the rest. It's something you don't see these days and I didn't even realize how much I missed it until I read this little gem.
It’s very hard to believe this is a debut novel. Emma Elliot has given us a very well written and believable story with a cast of characters that feel more like old friends instead of people on a page.