Quick Thoughts: “A Crack In The Line”

“A Crack In The Line (Withern Rise #1)” by Michael Lawrence

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Withern Rise books

Summary from Goodreads:

What if someone else was living your life?

You are sixteen. You live with your father in a big Victorian house on the outskirts of London. Your mother is dead, killed in a train crash two years ago. It is snowing. The snow is falling on the house and the wide yard and the gnarled old tree that everyone calls the Family Tree. It makes you restless. You reach out your hands toward an object you’ve known all your life, and suddenly the walls melt away. When you open your eyes, you are still in your living room. “Who are you?” asks a girl who looks just like you but is not you. “And what are you doing in my house?”

You have stumbled into another version of your life. This girl is sixteen. She lives with your father (her father) in a big Victorian house on the outskirts of London. Your mother (her mother) is not dead. She had a close call in a train crash two years ago. Listen: your mother is calling you (her) now.

Michael Lawrence’s gripping thriller about a boy and a girl who are the same person but not quite will have you turning the pages late into the night…and talking and thinking and wondering about the shifting nature of identity, time, space, and the cracks that can appear in a train rail, a lifeline, and a family tree.


-The premise was a really cool idea.
-The premise is kind of terrifying as well. How weird would it be to step into an almost identical universe and see how things could have been?
-The story keeps you reading because everyone has wondered what it would be like if things were a little different.
-I really like the book. I don’t want to go into too many details but it’s definitely worth a read.
-Apparently this is part of a series? Are the other books any good?
-The ending? SOOO good. I thought the book was just okay until the end. The end sold me on the book.

Rating 4/5 Like I said it’s definitely worth a read especially if you enjoy YA books.



2 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “A Crack In The Line”

  1. Woohoo~! I’m glad you liked it! I haven’t read the other books (I think it’s a trilogy?) so I can’t comment on that, but I’m assuming they’ll be more of the same. 😀

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