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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451691173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451691177
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Amazon Guest Review of In the Blood

By Karin Slaughter

Lisa Unger
Karin Slaughter

Reading In the Blood is like grabbing a live wire. You’re minding your own business, just looking for a good read, then suddenly you’re jolted into a shocking, unputdownable thriller. There’s no way you can let go—the thought of never finding out what happens to these manipulative and terrifying characters is not an option.

The story begins with Lana, a deeply troubled young woman who is a student at a private university in upstate New York. Lana is a psychology major with a knack for working with troubled children. She takes a job as a babysitter for a disturbed young boy named Luke, but it’s not just the experience she craves—there’s something about Luke that unsettles Lana to her core. Maybe it’s because Luke seems to know Lana a little too well. Maybe it’s because she’s a firm believer in keeping your enemies close. Luke is a master manipulator, a budding psychopath who loves playing games. And he seems dangerously close to figuring out Lana’s secrets.

Luke isn’t her only worry. The police have found out that Beck, Lana’s friend, has gone missing. They start asking her questions she can’t answer. Her quiet, academic life turns upside down. The sheltered campus is suddenly against her. Worse, throughout it all Luke wants to play a mysterious and disconcerting game that seems eerily connected to Lana’s troubled past. And the longer she plays, the more the game seems connected to the night that Beck disappeared too. Lana hasn’t told anyone what happened, so why does it feel like the only way to find her friend is to keep playing Luke’s horrific game?

Lisa Unger is a master at creating psychologically damaged characters. Lana is refreshingly original, an engaging yet completely unreliable narrator. We want to trust her, but should we? Luke is equally inscrutable. He has a dangerous side that both horrifies and draws you in. Is Lana playing Luke’s game, or are they both playing the reader? The answer delivers the kind of shock that will leave you stunned long after the last page is turned.

Review

“[A] brisk, crafty and fascinating psychological thriller . . . Offers plenty of good, scary fun — scenes that will make readers jump . . . [and] 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.” (The Washington Post)

In The Blood may be [Unger's] best one yet. . . . Keeps the shocks and twists coming at a breakneck pace.” (Tampa Bay Tribune)

“Always scary…Unger neatly distorts our perceptions, so there’s no telling what is what. Well done.” (New York Daily News)

“A riveting chess match of twists will keep you guessing—and keep you up at night.” (Family Circle)

"Prepare to be scared. Creepy characters, grippingplot, chilling description — this novel is a perfect weekend read . . . This issimply a great, scary psychological thriller." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"[A] gripping novel of psychological suspense. . . [with a] tense, surprise-laden plot." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

"Nothing is what it seems as Unger pulls off some beautiful surprises in this intriguing thriller. . . . Masterfully told." (Associated Press)

“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.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"A fantastic novel full of suspense and intrigue. Massively recommended." (The Sun (UK))

"This fast-moving book is a rollercoaster thrill ride, withholding crucial facts and then pounding you with them as the chapters wind down. It’s a quick, adrenaline-filled read with a slam-bang climax. Unger’s skill with words, combined with a pace that never lets up, is guaranteed to keep the pages turning long past the midnight hour." (Bookpage)

"Unger's latest offering is full of engaging twists and turns. . . . Skillfully keeps the reader guessing. . . Fans of mystery and psychological suspense. . . will be delighted with this imaginative story." (Library Journal)

“Unger is a compelling storyteller whose tales rest on human frailty. . . . She makes it impossible to stop reading.” (The Charlotte Observer)

“The brisk plot churns.” (Sun Sentinel)

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.” (Dennis Lehane)

"Reading In the Blood is like grabbing a live wire. . . . A shocking, unputdownable thriller." (Karin Slaughter)

"In the Blood is a riveting new thriller from Lisa Unger. 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)

"In the Blood is a psychological thriller that played me--in the best sense--from beginning to surprising end. I guarantee Lisa Unger will pull the rug out from under you more than once, so hold tight." (Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist)

“Stellar... Heartbroken should be on everyone’s summer to-read list. For best results, read it alone on an island on a dark and stormy night.” (USA Today (4 stars))

Heartbroken has all the makings of a high-wire thriller. But it's the twisted psyches of its main characters that really unsettle.” (People (3 ½ stars))

“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)

“A nail-biting, nuanced whodunit." (People)

“Riveting psychological suspense of the first order. If you haven’t yet experienced Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?” (Harlan Coben)

“I read Black Out in one hungry gulp and spent the rest of the night trying to calm my jangled nerves. This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror — one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year!” (Tess Gerritsen)

“Unger’s latest keeps the adrenaline pumping with a roller-coaster plot and harrowing psychological suspense. … Well worth the ride.” (People)

“Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle … The best nail-biter I have read for ages. Highly recommended.” (Lee Child)

“Perfect pitch, characters we can recognize as versions of ourselves, a plot in which a vague sense of suspense almost instantly appears and then grows with the speed of a waterslide. … Lip-smacking good.” (Chicago Tribune)

More About the Author

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold more than 1.7 million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Florida.

Her body of work is hailed as "stellar" (USA Today), "arresting and meaningful" (Washington Post) with "gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose" (Associated Press).

Customer Reviews

Once you start reading this, it will be hard to put down, I promise you.
Lorna
This book gives the reader plenty of clues to think about and make sense of.
regina margaret
She writes a very good mystery that keeps you turning pages until the end.
Pat N.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Book Bird on January 8, 2014
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This was the perfect book to be stuck in an airport-- it made the hours of killing time fly by. I hate comparing books to other books, but the best way I can think of describing "In the Blood" is if "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Gone Girl" had a book baby.

Told from the point of view of college-aged compulsive liar, Lana Granger, the plot's twist and turns will keep you frantically turning pages as each story arc neatly intersects and culminates in a crazy conclusion. Who is Lana? What is her past? Where is her missing friend? Is she lying to herself or just the reader?I don't want to give away any secrets, but while some might finds parts of the novel far-fetched, I was was so consumed by the story that I didn't even notice at the time.

Well-written, and a definite must for those that like psychological thrillers and blind-corner plot twists, I can't wait until my friends read this one so we can talk about it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 27, 2014
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Lana Granger is a trust fund baby who has been studying for years, tucked away in a small college and a small town. Here, hidden away, secrets can be kept. However, it has been suggested to Lana that it would be a good idea to get a part time job and, Langdon Hewes, Lana’s student advisor, points out one particular position on the list of ‘easy jobs for over-privileged youth.’ Single mother, Rachel Kahn, is looking for a helper for her troubled son, Luke. Luke is attending Fieldcrest – a special school that Lana had volunteered at and where Langdon also works. Luke is eleven, highly intelligent and extremely manipulative. Before long he is attempting to involve Lana in a game of his invention. Then Lana’s college roommate, Beck, goes missing and events from the past and the present begin to collide...

This is a really fast paced thriller, with lots of great twists and turns. Along we way we read of Lana’s flashbacks from her childhood, as well as diary entries – although we are never really sure of who they relate to until near the end of the book. Lana is a troubled character, with long held secrets, repressed memories and the fear of being discovered. Luke is only a child, but it is soon apparent that Rachel is nervous of him and that he and Lana are engaged in a battle of wills. The author cleverly raises the tension as we wonder who is really manipulating who , and who is responsible for Beck’s disappearance. I have never read anything by Lisa Unger before, but I enjoyed the setting and characters and would certainly be interested in reading more of her work.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, for review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Baker VINE VOICE on January 17, 2014
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This is, by far, her best book yet.

From the first chapter, which is terrifying, to the last page I could not put the book down. I wont go into detail here (other reviews have done that and it is also too easy to have spoilers) except to say there are so many surprises that you are on the edge of your seat the entire time. My jaw actually dropped at one point. Not only is it a great story, but it is written so beautifully and fluidly that you take time with every page.

I don't know of anyone who would not love this book.... I am sad that I have finished it. 5+ stars Ms. Unger!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Murphy on March 15, 2014
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"in the blood" is Lisa Unger's best book!!! If you love psychological thrillers, this is it!!! It grabbed me from the first page and never stopped.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By marianslibrary on January 11, 2014
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Lana Granger has a past she'd like to keep totally hidden. 11-year-old disturbed Luke Kahn meets Lana for the first time and the events that follow spiral out of control. She might just have met her match, her shrouded history is going to be revealed and thus begins the game. But who is manipulating it? They are two totally different people but each harboring a secret....

"What was there between us in that very first moment that would have told, if observed, everything that would follow? Nothing. I am sure of it. Not anything, not a twinge of instinct, not an internal shudder. He was that good." (Lisa Unger, In the Blood)

Where do I begin after reading In the Blood by Lisa Unger?! It was a suspenseful, psychological thriller that I totally found myself immersed in as soon I began the book.
Lisa Unger has constructed quite an intricate detailed puzzle in her newest book, In the Blood. Only she knows how all the pieces fit and interlock. As the reader, I was continually trying to fit those pieces together in the process of reading each and every sentence. (I highlighted NUMEROUS lines!) Many times throughout reading the book my suspicions were correct and the pieces to the puzzle fit. I knew I was on the right track but in an instant I'd discover I was completely wrong! I found myself shrieking at certain important revelations!!! No I'm not crazy, just a very boisterous avid reader!

Ohhh! What a page turner to the very ending! Kudos to you Lisa Unger! I highly recommend In the Blood!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PRM on March 29, 2014
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Loved it! Lots of twists and turns. As soon as you think you have it figured out-something makes you think maybe you have it wrong. If you like Gillian Flynn, you will love Lisa Unger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Mahieu on March 17, 2014
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The review I read in the Washington Post was so good I couldn't pass up "in the Blood", despite my usual dislike of psychological thrillers. What a great novel! Though I read close to 100 books a year, I rarely (once a year?) stay up late to finish a story - but I just couldn't stop. And at the very beginning, I was not many pages into the book when I knew with dead certainty that this was a winner. The prose is just excellent. Unger offers many little observations of life and relationships, all integral to the story, that really resonate. The pace is brisk and the story really zips along. All of the characters are very interesting, and there are a couple of kids who are particularly creepy. There are 2 or 3 story lines and they mesh very well by the books end. The protagonist is a young woman studying psychology at a small college in New York state. To make a little money she interviews to babysit an 11 year old boy after school; he is the only child of single Mom Rachel who has just moved to town and opened a new bookstore. It's not long before the sparks begin to fly and the tension mounts. I would strongly suggest to any prospective readers that you do not read any detailed reviews; the less known about this story and its themes, the better off you are. This is my first Lisa Unger and now I will check out a potential treasure trove of her earlier books. This is my best read for quite a while!
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