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Touchstone (2014-01)
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Thriller / suspense fiction


by Unger, Lisa

Mesmerizing thriller about a deceitful and deeply troubled boy who controls the lives of others, the mysterious fate of a young woman who goes missing, and the dangers of lies.

Lana Granger is a liar. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is, that the truth seems like a nightmare she can't quite remember. But she knows one thing for certain: she needs a job. About to graduate from a small college in upstate New York, her trust fund is going to run out. Her mother's dying wish: that Lana do something meaningful, that she uses her life to help people. Lana takes a job babysitting for a deeply troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, and running circles around his beleaguered mother, Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. He likes to play games. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers? When Lana's closest friend Beck goes missing, Lana finds herself lying again -- to friends, to the police, to herself. The story about where Lana was the night Beck disappeared doesn't jibe with eyewitness accounts. And the police have lots of questions. Lana is willing to do almost anything to keep the truth - about that night, about everything – from coming out. Even so, it might not be enough to keep her secrets dead and buried. Someone else knows all about Lana's lies. And he's dying to tell. Unger is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but grew up in the Netherlands, England, New Jersey, and New York, where she graduated from the New School for Social Research. Unger now divides her time, along with her husband and daughter, between Florida and New York City. Her writing has been hailed as "masterful" (St. Petersburg Times), "sensational" (Publishers Weekly), and "sophisticated" (New York Daily News), with "gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose (Associated Press).

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A riveting chess match of twists will keep you guessing—and keep you up at night.

Review: Family Circle

In the Blood is a riveting new thriller from Lisa Unger. Dark and haunting, with a deadly twist that you won't see coming.

Quote: Linda Fairstein

Bestseller Unger returns to the Hollows…for this gripping novel of psychological suspense…[with a] tense, surprise-laden plot.

Review: Publishers Weekly (starred review)

...brisk, crafty and fascinating psychological thriller”…“a reveal that will surely elicit a satisfied gasp from the reader”…In the Blood is a complex mosaic as well, one that’s tricky, arresting and meaningful.

Review: The Washington Post

Unger pulls off a bravura feat. …Readers will…savor the pleasure of being guided by Unger’s sure hand along a deliciously twisted narrative path. Another scary winner from an accomplished pro.

Review: Kirkus

Unger's (Beautiful Lies) latest offering is full of engaging twists and turns. She tells the story from Lana’s point of view but skillfully keeps the reader guessing as to what dark secrets the character is hiding. Fans of mystery and psychological suspense, along with Unger’s fans, will be delighted with this imaginative story.

Review: Library Journal

lways scary…Unger neatly distorts our perceptions, so there’s no telling what is what. Well done.

Review: New York Daily News

Unger…has always had a deft touch with tales of deep secrets and hidden identities, but In The Blood may be her best one yet…[she] keeps the shocks and twists coming at a breakneck pace. No one in the novel is who he or she seems.

Review: Tampa Bay

In the Blood is an absolute corker of a thriller that cements Lisa Unger's status as one of the brightest stars in the game.

Quote: Dennis Lehane

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