Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
on January 1st 1970
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“I wonder if anyone notices that I am a ghost in my life.”
Poppy’s husband, Jack, was murdered one year ago during his morning run in the park. After his funeral, Poppy disappeared. Her best friend and Mother were concerned and even more worried when Poppy showed up wearing a red dress, confused and with no memory as to where she was during those missing three days. Hospitalized with a “nervous breakdown”, Poppy recovers but still does not have any memory of those lost days.
“What is read and what isn’t real?”
This book was all over the place. It has a dizzying effect. When I first began reading, I was confused and had a hard time keeping track of what was happening. I scratched my head, wondering how this book got positive reviews. Initially this book is a mess. Timelines jumped around, things I thought happened, didn’t happen….and then I got it. Poppy is having a hard time with her reality. She doesn’t know what is real, what as a dream, a past memory. She is confused and having trouble making sense of what is happening in her life. How many of us know what it feels like to question your reality? Is what just happed real? Was it a hallucination? A False memory, a dream? Did I have that conversation last night, or six months ago? Did I have that conversation at all? Lisa Unger did an amazingly brilliant job of having the reader feel what the female protagonist is feeling – confusion.
Wow! Is all I can say! What I initially thought was a mess turned into something brilliant. AS Poppy searches for the truth, Unger will have the reader (and Poppy) questioning what is real and what isn’t. This isn’t a straight murder mystery/thriller but a wild ride in search of the truth through one woman’s reality.
Very well done and thought out. Unger pulled this one off so smoothly. I was just as lost and confused as Poppy. I wasn’t clear as to what was happening and questioned my theories the entire book. Very well played, Unger! Although I wasn’t quite sure what was real and what wasn’t, I could not put this book down. I was eager to learn the truth about Jack’s murder and Poppy’s missing days.
Thank you to Harlequin -Hanover Square Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
Published by Touchstone on April 25th 2017
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“Some relationships are like pythons: they wrap around you, slowly squeezing until you can’t breathe.”
Is there a difference between justice and revenge? That is the main question of this book.
Claudia Bishop is brutally attacked and raped upon coming home after a night out with her husband. Her once, extremely happy marriage begins to crumble and she learns that she is pregnant. Is the baby her husband’s or the rapist’s? She deals with her increasing anxiety with writing a blog about life after rape. Soon her marriage ends and she eventually moves to the country in order to restore an old home and blog about it. The home has it’s secrets as horrible things have happened there unbeknownst to Claudia.
Zoey Drake survived a brutal home invasion that left her Father and Mother dead. The masked men who attacked her family were looking for something they felt her father had hidden in the home. They never found what they were looking for the night they terrorized and murdered her family. After the attack, Zoey was raised by her uncle and dove into learning self defense in order to feel strong and help her cope with the trauma of her past.
Although they have never met, both women have things in common: both survived brutal attacks and both have struggled to move on with their lives. Plus, Claudia is restoring the home where Zoey’s was attacked and her parents were murdered. Thus begins their collision course. A Collision course of justice, revenge, murder, greed, deceit, truth, love, and family.
I really enjoyed how Unger wove both women’s stories. Usually when two story-lines are going I tend to really enjoy one more than the other. I can’t say this was the case with this book. Both women had very compelling stories and sadness in their lives. Both story-lines were intriguing and I was invested in both. As I read I kept waiting to see how their stories would come together and they did so beautifully. What also worked for me was how certain “truths” came to light. The reader is privy to who some of the bad guys are – but not all. There is a question as to who else was involved and why. I enjoyed that through the telling of both women’s stories, we also got a glimpse into Zoey’s Father, Mother and Uncle Paul’s life. We were slowly shown all the dots and slowly I was able to connect them.
This book flowed nicely for me. The pacing was perfect. It never felt drawn out nor did it feel rushed. I was absorbed the entire time. The characters were likable – except of course the one’s we were never meant to like. I enjoyed this book. It was a fast highly enjoyable read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
Published by Touchstone on June 7th 2016
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Received from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger is a missing person mystery being solved by a psychic who sees ghosts.
Finley is in her early 20’s and is currently living with her grandmother (a well know psychic) while attending a community college. Finley sees ghosts and has “dreams” that she can’t really control and cause her to black out.
Merri is a Mother whose daughter was kidnapped after her husband and son were shot and left for dead. She has not given up hope and desperately wants to find her daughter.
These two women are very interesting characters. Finley has covered her body in tattoos so that her outside looks like her inside. She covers her body with the faces of those she has visions about. She is a fast riding young woman trying to shut out the voices while trying to figure out her relationship with boyfriend. Merri is a strong woman who has put up with a lot in her life – mainly in her marriage and she refuses to give up on her missing daughter. Her drive for answers brings her to a private investigator who brings her to Finley.
This book had me at the first page. I liked both women and their stories. But this book is not entirely about them. It is about Merri’s husband, a kidnapper, a kidnapped girl, a boy with PTSD, etc. The story was really interesting.
The book had several twist ans turns full of interesting characters, likable characters and not so likable characters. I love mysteries. I love trying to figure them out. I like that even when I thought I had it figured out, I didn’t quite get it right.
I read this book fast because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.