Read Crossing the Lines Online Free - Sulari Gentill, author of the 1930s Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, jumps to the post-modern in Crossing the Lines.
A successful writer, Madeleine, creates a character, Edward, and begins to imagine his life. He, too, is an author. Edward is in love with a woman, Willow, who's married to a man Edward loathes, and who loathes him, but he and Willow stay close friends. She's an artist. As Madeleine develops the plot, Edward attends a gallery show where a scummy critic is flung down a flight of fire stairs...murdered. Madeleine, still stressed from her miscarriages and grieving her inability to have a child, grows more and more enamored of Edward, spending more and more time with him and the progress of the investigation and less with her physician husband, Hugh, who in turn may be developing secrets of his own.
As Madeline engages more with Edward, he begins to engage back. A crisis comes when Madeleine chooses the killer in Edward's story and Hugh begins to question her immersion in her novel. Yet Crossing the Lines is not about collecting clues and solving crimes. Rather it's about the process of creation, a gradual undermining of the authority of the author as the act of writing spirals away and merges with the story being told, a self-referring narrative crossing over boundaries leaving in question who to trust, and who and what is true.
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January 02, 2018
Known for her Rowland Sinclair historical crime series and her YA Hero trilogy, Sulari Gentill delivers something very different with this new novel. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
November 03, 2017
Confusing, confusing, confusing. I’m still not totally sure who was the real writer and who was the character? The ending was more metaphysical and philosophical that I would’ve liked. Or, if that was the intent of the story, it didn’t go far enough into that direction, in my opinion. The book pl...
May 04, 2017
A tale that starts out with the query: "What if you wrote of someone writing you? In the end which of you would be real?"
So we are introduced to Madeleine - Maddie to her husband. She, a writer of mystery novels, is introduced to us by Edward who is writing Madeleine's story. But we learn immedia...
August 21, 2017
I want to start by saying that I am in no way paid, endorsed or was offered any kind of compensation in lieu of this review.
Secondly, I will freely admit. I am a lover of Sulari’s work. I have a review for The Hero Trilogy on my computer waiting to be posted, but between work, school and issues...
September 26, 2017
Here is an excellent venture into the mind of a writer and mind of a character interacting. I've actually had conversations with my characters before... but not like this!
Excellent writing, but not so great an ending. I felt very deflated and disappointed. I guess, if I had read any other of her...
September 03, 2017
Madeleine d’Leon is a crime fiction writer who is taking a break from her successful series of mystery novels to write a whodunit with a brand new character – Edward McGinnity, a literary author who has found himself embroiled in the murder of art critic Geoffrey Vogel.
Edward McGinnity is writing...
October 01, 2017
I don't know how she does it, but Sulari Gentill's writing is just a breath of fresh air. Whenever I'm in a reading slump, her work naturally sucks me out of it and onwards i read. The only thing that got me was the all the similarities between her and the female protaganist. Because of them, and...
August 11, 2017
September 06, 2017
Really unusual and fascinating novel by Sulari Gentill, best known for her 1930s historical mysteries featuring Rowland Sinclair. In Crossing the Lines, Gentill explores the blurring of reality and fiction in the life of crime writer Madeleine d'Leon, who is becoming obsessed with her literary wr...
September 13, 2017
Such a clever book, and as a writer it was delightfully indulgent to read a book about writers writing about writers. Really enjoyed it.