Alaric's mother, Alex Underwood, was involved in a terrible train crash when he was fourteen. She had a fifty-fifty chance of dying. She died. Naia's mother, Alex Underwood, was also involved in a train crash when she was fourteen. This Alex also had a fifty-fifty chance of dying. She lived.
Because of this difference, Alaric and Naia's lives are completely different. Naia is carefree and lively, a lot like her mother, while Alaric is sullen and withdrawn, living an almost speechless life with his father in their old, Victorian house in the outskirts of London. His only source of happiness is his Aunt Liney, who comes as a sort of babysitter while his father is away, but Alaric rejects her as well, still bitter over his mother's death.
A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence is incomplete on its own - it needs to be read with its sequel - Small Eternities (which also leaves you dangling). But I've heard The Underwood See (I still haven't read it, but I'm dying to) will tie all the loose ends together beautifully. One thing's for sure - these three books form a thought-provoking, intriguing trilogy that you just can't miss!
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