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Darkness, My Old Friend is 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

"Lisa Unger is one of my favorite authors.  She gets better and better with each book."—Karin Slaughter, New York Times Bestselling author of Fallen

“A satisfying story with an eclectic and interesting cast of characters and believable dialogue. Unger shows her usual deftness at intricate plotting and explores the mother-child relationship from multiple angles…Sure to be another hit with Unger fans.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The beauty of this unconventional crime novel is that focus is not on whodunit but the darkness that drives us."—Family Circle

"Verdict...one of Unger's best thrillers yet."—Library Journal, starred review

“Good reading, canny characterizations.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Unger skillfully pulls together various stories in an exciting and logical way. Darkness, My Old Friend" moves at a brisk pace as Unger makes us desperately want to know what drives these various characters."—South Florida Sun Sentinel

About the Author

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author, published in 26 languages worldwide. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Jones Cooper (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307464997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464996
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lisa Unger is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, including her latest thrillers CRAZY LOVE YOU and IN THE BLOOD (2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Book, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Indie Next Pick, Suspense Magazine and Sun Sentinel Best Books of 2014.)

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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Susan Johnson VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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This is a wonderful book about people changing their lives. It talks about how hard it is to make difficult changes in our lives-either good or bad. The story revolves about several people in flux:
*Jones Cooper- a retired cop who has to figure out what to do next with his life
*Willow Graves-a young teen-ager forced to move from New York City to the small town of Hollows after her parents divorce and quite unhappy about it
*Paula Carr-a mistreated housewife who must decide if living with her controlling husband is a good situation for her two young children and stepson
*Eloise- the town psychic who must decide if she should continue using her powers to help others or make a life for herself
*Michael Holt-wants to find out if his mother ran off and left him and his sister or if something evil has happened to her

When these characters meet and interact, all hell breaks loose. Willow sees Michael digging a grave, Eloise warns Jones about an alarming situation, Paula calls Jones for help and all of them discover moving forward, no matter how difficult, is a worthwhile goal.
The story is well written and told from the various characters viewpoints. This must be the new "in" thing as the last two books I've read, "Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See and "Innocent" by Scott Turow, have been written in this manner. It can be quite effective but it is starting to be overdone.
This is a quite a page turner and an entertaining read.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Baker VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
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This rich and wonderfully written story begins with three very disfunctional families in a town called "The Hollows".
It opens with Kevin and Paula Carr. Kevin is a controlling, lying, psychopath and Paula his apathetic wife are each living a lie.
Jones a retired police detective at 47, who is obsessed with his own death, and his wife Maggie Cooper a psychologist.
A recently divorced Bethany Graves and her troubled teenager Willow. Lastly, Eloise (a psychic?) who strangely brings all the story lines together.

This book isn't a mystery or thriller, per say, but an edgy juxtaposition on relationships. It is tense in some places and "whew" good in others. There are a few surprises, but one ending that is glaringly obvious. (Which was fine with me) It's the kind of book that when you're done, you have to read all the acknowledgements and re-read the first chapter or two.

This author has a great talent for telling a story that you are sure is going to go one way and it doesn't, and in a very short time having the reader completely relate to the characters, so much, that you are cringing thinking of what may happen to "XXX". It's fast paced and original, and if you like Lisa Unger you will love this book. If you haven't read any of her work this is a stand alone and a great place to start. Its not just a scary mystery/thriller novel, its somehow almost cathartic when finished.

I would love to see any of these characters especially Jones Cooper pop up again in another book, they were great.

I hope this review was helpful to you as it was difficult to give too much information without spoilers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Mulhern VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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I liked this book very much. I was surprised to learn that it is a sequel of sorts to her previous book, "Fragile." If you can't remember what exactly happens in that book it might be helpful to reread it before starting this one. While this is a stand alone novel, there are some references to plotlines from "Fragile" and it just bugged me that I didn't remember things very clearly.

The main mystery, what happened to a young mother 20+ years ago is very interesting. I was definitely hooked on finding out what had happened, and also found the secondary plotlines compelling as well. Characters are well developed and sympathetic.

Everything is wrapped up pretty neatly at the end...maybe a couple of loose threads. Overall a great book!
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Unger reintroduces familiar characters from The Hollows as they face the unresolved issues of the past and attempt to move forward. Most familiar is ex-detective Jones Cooper and his psychologist wife, Maggie. At loose ends since retirement, Jones hasn't yet made peace with his tangled emotional history with his mother, but he has thrown himself into a new role as the neighborhood go-to guy, recently hired by a woman to locate her husband's ex-wife, the woman unavailable since her son came for a visit with his dad. A simple computer search becomes instead a race against time and a violent man with a hidden agenda. Concurrently, psychic Elise Montgomery is compelled to reveal a troubling presentiment to Jones; the long-unresolved abandonment of a husband and son by a mother still haunts Michael Holt after his father's death, the family home filled with the memories and detritus of years; and an unhappy teenager, Willow Graves, provides the catalyst in a drama that marries the secrets of the past to the threat of the present, two women at grace risk as a heartbreaking truth is about to be revealed.

Unger handles the disparate plot threads with her usual dexterity, although the psychological burdens of some previously-met characters become a bit overwhelming. The Hollows is a reservoir of generational memories, families burdened by past mistakes and a population skewed to an older demographic. Often predictable, ungovernable passions rend the fabric of troubled marriages, sowing the seeds of discontent and, sometimes, violence. I found the psychic touch a bit overwrought, but Unger is solid in her writing, if not always riveting. Luan Gaines/2011.
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