Monday, 6 August 2012

Review- The Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane.

The Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Mira (26 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313373

Firstly, kind thanks to the publishers, for granting me the permission to review this book via Netgalley, for no charge, for an honest review.  This book was read on my kindle.

Book Description.
"The man she loved is gone forever. The child she lives for could be next."Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason's newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin's best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child.

Or was he?

One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches on to for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin's father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs.

"Forensic Instincts is the one team up for the challenge."

A behaviorist. A former navy SEAL. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A retired FBI agent. A human-scent-evidence dog. Together they achieve the impossible, pushing ethical and legal boundaries whenever the ends justify the means.

The manhunt is on for the elusive father. Yet the further FI digs into his past, the more questions are raised about whether the man Amanda fell in love with ever really existed at all.

Dark secrets. Carefully crafted lies. From the congressional halls of Washington, D.C., to exclusive Hamptons manors, there are ruthless people who would stop at nothing to make Forensic Instincts forget about the man Amanda desperately needs to find.

Little do "they" realize that once Forensic Instincts takes the case, nothing will stop them from uncovering the shocking truth that transcends "The Line Between Here and Gone."
My Review

Firstly, many thanks to the publishers for granting me access to review this book, for which it was kindly received via Netgalley. This was read on my Kindle.  When i saw the book cover and title i was really intrigued and interested.  The blurb had me hooked even more, it is a very long book description!! I do not believe it needs to be like that- less is more remember lol.  The cover is interesting as it is mysterious and a little odd, are they running? running away or to something? are they trying to survive? From reading the book, but you realise this from the blurb; the baby 'Justin' is in hospital, and his life is literally on the line, on the line of finding a match but the best hope being to find his dad.

I enjoyed this book, i really did, in a lot of ways and the ending is just so heart-warming.  Obviously with a crime/detective thriller like this, the ending is obvious in my opinion BUT it is more about the journey and how the jigsaw comes together.  The book did take me a while to read because i found i had to concentrate extra hard to take in all the little details and conversations, i suppose it is because you want to put the pieces of the jigsaw together yourself because the book reveals them.  It didn't help when they introduce so many characters with their career role stated, too much to take in.  This got even worse towards the end and it was just too much with all the new introduction of people's names and roles whilst remembering all details and conversation.  These didn't really add that much, they were just there and i scan read over their role because it drove me mad.  The dialogue is something else that needs taking into consideration because i found it quite stiff and disjointed, it didn't flow well, again making it slightly difficult to get into the book.   I wasn't sure whether it was just me who thought this, but since completing the book i have read a couple of reviews which have said similar so i know i'm on the right lines.  

It is a great storyline, interesting and important reason to find this 'Paul', making you keep turning the pages to find out more.  It is difficult to put down because you just want to know.  What keeps the storyline alive is all the twists in there, things you think you know but really you are wrong.  All the ways the information comes together is great, but is it actually believable as a story? and the team do seem a little far fetched in their characters and also their work within the team.  You have to accept it at face value and not question everything, because all your questions will not be answered.  Some areas where quite repetitive but i suppose this is needed in a novel such as these.  The character development was minimal in my opinion and i didn't really take to anyone, Amanda in some ways due to baby Justin but i believe in a story such as these you don't/aren't meant too other than the 'victims'.

What i didn't realise is that this book is not a stand alone book, it is actually book #2, it works find as a stand alone in my opinion.  Within the story they discuss a previous case, a kidnap case, but i didn't realise this 'case' was within a previous book.  It may have been useful to read the first book as it would have meant i was familiar with the characters and learnt more about them.  Maybe there was more character development within the first book and that is why there is minimal here.  Despite enjoying this book, i will not be reading the first book.

This isn't my normal kind of read and therefore it wasn't the kind of book that you can review easily.  It does has it's faults but because i did enjoy it and because it was a page turner, full of twists and unexpected turns, brought together well and a good ending but not what expected. I have given it 3 out of 5 stars- it was more like 3.5 but 4 seems too much in my opinion.


  1. This sounds like a great read Becca, and while most books like this can be read as a are right reading them in order, helps you understand the characters and what motivates them and its easier to keep up with who the characters are..awesome review!

  2. I love mysteries but ones that make sense and work out logically in the end. Glad that you enjoyed this overall but I don't know if I could get past the issues enough to enjoy this one. Wonderful review Beckie. :)


Many thanks for your comment, all comments are really appreciated and I will reply :) xx