Has the Apocalypse Arrived?

The Line Between by Tosca Lee
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Howard Books
Date: January 29, 2019
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Olmedo
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

Wynter Roth has spent most of her life in the isolated confines of a doomsday-cult, New Earth. But when her actions land her on the wrong side of the leader’s wrath, she finds herself shunned and cast out into a world on the brink of imploding as an unknown outbreak of rapid early onset dementia ravages the country.

As Wynter struggles to navigate in a society she was raised to consider evil, she fears the apocalypse that New Earth predicted has arrived. Then her sister appears on Wynter’s doorstep with medical samples that could hold the key to uncovering the mystery disease.

With the power grid failing and panic descending, Wynter must cross the country to deliver the samples to a lab in Colorado. But with every person out for him/herself and some determined that the truth not come out, she questions who to trust.

The Line Between riveted from beginning to end. My first foray into a Tosca Lee novel, the experience lived up to all the hype surrounding her name. Though not generally drawn to apocalyptic thrillers, I found myself quickly engrossed in the story.

Lee masterfully planted me in the protagonist shoes, blurring the line between fiction and reality. As Wynter’s world shrank — allies dropping like flies, options running out, and the nation delving into chaos — so did mine. Lee brought the tale to life with such vividness that putting down the novel proved jarring.

The heroine possessed the perfect balance of resourcefulness and naiveté to pull off the task laid before her while still believably resemble someone who grew up sequestered in a cult. Though she seemed to become enamored with the cult leader a bit too quickly upon arrival, the fears and struggles Wynter faced after her departure rang true of someone subjected to years of brain washing.

For those of you who, like me, enjoy at least some sort of a love story in your books, Wynter joins forces with a former military man, Chase Miller. While the romance thread in no way dominated, it contained the perfect amount to keep this reader happy.

I will withhold from commenting too much on the ending to avoid spoilers, but I will say it delivered the perfect conclusion without wrapping everything into a neat little bow. I strongly recommend The Line Between to thriller fans and to anyone who enjoys clean, suspenseful reads that don’t rely on horror or shocking content to shove you to the edge of your seat.

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