Crossing the Lines (Hardcover)
The captivating psychological thriller Dean Koontz calls "pure delight, a swift yet psychologically complex read." by Sulari Gentill, author of #1 LibraryReads pick The Woman in the Library
It's an author's job to create a new world in the pages of a book. But when lines start to blur and reality begins to fade, getting lost in a story can be dangerous—especially if you can't find your way back…
A psychological mystery that will leave you questioning what's real, After She Wrote Him is:
- Perfect for fans of Greer Hendricks and Jane Harper
- For readers of psychological mysteries and literary fiction
Madeleine d'Leon doesn't know where Edward came from. He is simply a character in her next book. But as she writes, he becomes all she can think about. His charm, his dark hair, his pen scratching out his latest literary novel...
Edward McGinnity can't get Madeleine out of his mind—softly smiling, infectiously enthusiastic, and perfectly damaged. She will be the ideal heroine for his next book.
But who is the author and who is the creation? And as the lines start to blur, who is affected when a killer finally takes flesh?
Crossing the Lines is a piece of meta-fiction with a wildly inventive twist on the murder mystery that takes readers on a journey filled with passion, obsession, and the emptiness left behind when the real world starts to fall away.
After setting out to study astrophysics, graduating in law and then abandoning her legal career to write books, SULARI GENTILL now grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of Australia.
Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair mysteries have won and/or been shortlisted for the Davitt Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her stand-alone metafiction thriller, After She Wrote Him won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in 2018. Her tenth Sinclair novel, A Testament of Character, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel in 2021.
"A tour de force! Crossing the Lines is a brilliant blend of mystery, gut-wrenching psychological suspense and literary storytelling. The novel stands as a shining (and refreshing) example of meta-fiction at its best—witty and wry, stylish and a joy to read." — Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
"A delightful, cerebral novel featuring a crime writer who grows dangerously enamored with her main characher. As the interplay between creator and created reaches Russian-nesting-doll complexity, it forced us to question the nature of fiction itself." — Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author
"This is an elegant exploration of the creative process, as well as a strong defense of the crime-fiction genre, as Gentill illustrates the crossing of lines between imagination and reality." — Booklist
"In this intriguing and unusual tale, a stunning departure from Gentill’s period mysteries, the question is not whodunit but who’s real and who’s a figment of someone’s vivid imagination." — Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of postmodern fiction will enjoy this departure from Gentill’s 1930s series. It’s an exploration, as one character puts it, of ‘an author’s relationship with her protagonist, an examination of the tenuous line between belief and reality, imagination and self, and what happens when that line is crossed.’" — Publishers Weekly
"Literary or pop fiction lovers will enjoy." — Library Journal