Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
The Line Between by Tosca Lee is a one-of-a-kind thriller that takes an end-of-the-world story, unlike any I’ve ever read, and couples it with the incredible story of a young girl who is cast out of a cult. The girl is named Wynter and hers is a fast-paced psychodrama that kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. Inside the walls of the cult, Wynter was safe but under great oppression from their leader/prophet, Magnus. When she finally finds herself outside, free from the cult, she realizes the world outside is a dangerous and unforgiving place, and she struggles to know what’s right and wrong. A deadly virus has begun to spread across the globe that causes people to go crazy and do horrible things. Who can she trust? Where is the truth? Inside the cult, or outside in a world of violence, sickness, and disease?
Tosca Lee’s writing style is clear, concise, and carries the reader along like a thoroughbred horse. The Line Between bounces back and forth between the present-day story of Wynter surviving outside the cult to a flashback story of her days in the cult, leading up to her expulsion. The dualistic approach of the narrative worked great for me. Both stories were equally compelling. The characters were dynamic and well written. The plot was never predictable and takes enough unexpected turns so that I found it difficult to put this book down. I’m a big fan of end-of-the-world books and have read a ton of them. After reading The Line Between, I can honestly say it’s one of the best of the genre. Great read.