Review: In The Blood by Lisa Unger

In the Blood

By: Lisa Unger
Genres: Fiction, suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published on: January 2nd 2014
Review:  In The Blood by Lisa Unger

A dark, unnerving thriller from award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author, Lisa Unger. About to graduate from university in upstate New York, Lana Granger takes a job in town looking after eleven year old Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, manipulative 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? Because Lana is a liar. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is, that even she can't remember the truth. Then Lana's closest friend Beck mysteriously goes missing, and Lana's alibi for the night of the disappearance doesn't match with eyewitness accounts. Now, Lana finds herself lying again - to friends, to the police, to herself. Lana is willing to do almost anything to keep the truth - about her last night with Beck, about everything - from coming out. Even so, it might not be enough to keep her shocking secrets dead and buried. But somebody knows all about Lana's lies. And they are dying to tell.'Riveting psychological suspense of the first order. If you haven't yet experienced Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?' Harlan Coben'Lisa Unger is one of my favorite authors. She gets better and better with each book' Karin Slaughter'Deeply plotted and complex and carries an undeniable momentum. Lisa Unger's enthralling cast of characters pulled me right in and locked me down tight. This is one book that will have you racing to the last page, only to have you wishing the ride wasn't over' Michael Connelly'This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror-one of the best thrillers I've read this year!' Tess Gerritsen'Twisty, riveting, and enormously exciting. Lisa Unger is a powerful and elegant writer' Joseph Finder'Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle ... The best nail-biter I have read for ages. Highly recommended' Lee Child'A stunning, powerful novel! Lisa Unger's taut prose grabs the reader from word one and never lets go. In this tantalizing tale of family suspense, beware of who you trust and be forewarned about what might happen next' Lisa Gardner'A tense exploration of what lies beneath the white picket fence of ordinary life. Harlan Coben has a new rival for his thriller crown' John Connolly'Reading In the Blood is like grabbing a live wire...a shocking, unputdownable thriller' Karin Slaughter'An absolute corker of a thriller that cements Lisa Unger's status as one of the brightest stars in the game' Dennis Lehane'Dark and haunting, with a deadly twist that you won't see coming 'til you're hit between the eyes, this book is a winner'Linda Fairstein, author of Death Angel'A psychological thriller that played me in the best sense from beginning to surprising end. I guarantee that Lisa Unger will pull the rug out from under you more than once, so hold tight' Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist Coming in July 2015: Crazy Love You, Lisa Unger's gripping new thriller…. 'Haunting and compulsive' Tess Gerritsen


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Andi's Review


In the blood deals with a terrible secret and how that secret can ruin lives and relationships. This book deals with the psyche and how genetics and life events can affect emotional wellbeing. This book really deals with the darker side of the human brain and how one’s brain can turn with manipulation and coaching.


The twist that this book has really shocks you and sends you in a little bit of a tail spin.  In Ms. Unger’s book the twist was a little predictable about three quarters of the way though, well one of the two twists were, the other one was completely blindsiding.


This book looks at how traumatic events during one’s childhood can impact their entire life. It is a good book that switches between present day and the diary of a new mother who is dealing with a young son who has issues since he was born. It is a haunting tale of what one mother attempts to do when faced with a child that could very well grow up to be a mass murderer. I really enjoyed the tone and the push of the novel which propels the book.


I really enjoyed this book, it was a solid book and the shock while shocking did not take me by surprise as about 3/4 through you can tell what is going to happen.  It was still good even though the twist was a little expected.  I really enjoyed how it looked at how the human mind can be twisted by someone or something.  The human brain is not as hard and many people think and it doesn’t take much for manipulation to twist it to fit the needs or desires of someone/something.


4 fangs


About Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is the bestselling author of 13 novels and several short stories. CRAZY LOVE YOU is her latest release. IN THE BLOOD, now in paperback, was a 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Book, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Suspense Magazine Best Books of 2014, Sun Sentinel Best Mystery Novels of 2014 and Indie Next Pick!

Additional accolades include selections as a finalist for International Thriller Writers Best Novel Award, a winner of the Florida Book Awards, a finalist for Prix Polar International Award, Bookspan's International Book of the Month, and a Target "Emerging Author." Her books are published in 26 languages worldwide and have been named top picks by Today show, Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper's Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Life, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, Indie Next and Amazon (Top Ten Thriller of the Year.) She currently lives in Florida.

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