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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August 02, 2017
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
August 11, 2017
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...
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...
July 28, 2017
Most of the time, I was thinking two stars, but by the end, more like two and a half. The premise sounded so interesting: A writer becomes obsessed with her character, pretty much to the exclusion of nearly everyone else. She had a successful series, the Veronica Killwilly historical mysteries, b...
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...
July 31, 2017
Every now and again I come across an author who is so good that it’s hard to believe I haven’t heard of them. Sulari Gentill is awesome.
Crossing The Lines is a difficult book to describe because it is meta-fiction. In this case, the device is that of crime author Madeleine d’Leon, known for writi...
July 06, 2017
Thousands of years ago, a Chinese philosopher wrote about waking from a dream in which he was a butterfly. Upon waking, he wasn’t sure if he was a man dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was a man. This puzzle is a good introduction to Sulari Gentill’s Crossing the Lines, in wh...
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...
July 25, 2017
Madeline is a successful author with a great series. Her publicist cannot understand what she is doing wrting a completely different type of story where Edward is the main character and involved with a murder. She is completely wrapped up in writing Edward's story.
Edward is writing a story about...