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The Line Painter
The Line Painter
Author: Claire Cameron
It's 1:08 a.m. when Carrie's car breaks down on the highway somewhere north of Lake Superior. It's dark, the road is quiet, her cell phone is down, and she is alone. She took off from Toronto that morning, running from grief over the death of her boyfriend, and unable to cope with the truth about the events that led to it. The relief Carrie feel...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780002008358
ISBN-10: 0002008351
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 232
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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From the back cover blurbs: "An old B-movie premise -- Car Breaks Down in the Middle of Nowhere -- is given a fresh, distinctly Canadian twist in this wicked little first novel."

Bought it because bookseller recommended it. Delayed reading it because I thought it had a scary psycho-thriller plot. The first few pages are tense. (Then I read the ending.) The worst scenes involve (1) up-chucking after drinking and (2)Carrie falling asleep on disgusting ancient orange shag motel carpet. Plot has some tension, but no blood, gore, or violence.

In the first pages we learn: Carrie is running away from something at home (Toronto). The car breaks down in an isolated area. Girl in dangerous situation does stereotypically dumb-girl thing: she stops to pee -- and makes a phone call before she finishes & has her pants up. Of course someone comes along: A guy in a truck that paints lines on the highway (hence, the title). Have to read some tense pages before we have a better idea of what is happening. Tense episodes recur periodically. Author dribbles out details of why Carrie is running away. Characters spend/waste a lot of time smoking in freezing weather.

Does not have a 'happy ever after, heartwarming, all faith in humanity restored' ending. Does have an ending -- not depressing or vague -- appropriate to the characters and plot. A sequel or series is unlikely.

Good to know: Transport Ontario provides appropriately warm coats for its crews.