Book Review for THE STRANGER INSIDE by Lisa Unger
THE STRANGER INSIDE by Lisa Unger
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A tense and gripping thriller dealing with past trauma, the darkness in human nature, and the desire for revenge.
Oh, how I love a Lisa Unger novel! There are certain authors that I know will give me a solid read that I can lose myself in. THE STRANGER INSIDE is one of those books. With twists, turns, and a whole lot of secrets, this story pulled me in and sent me down a path as the characters struggle to deal with their baggage from the past.
What I loved about this book is that there are so many layers to characters. Rain, Hank, and all those we meet in these pages are complex and genuinely fascinating personalities. The author plays with the concept of good and bad by testing the limits of what these characters are capable of doing. This push and pull between good and evil is the crux of the whole book. As the reader, I got to experience so many sides of human nature. Unger brings to life the fear, pain, guilt, and desire for justice in dealing with a traumatic event, but she does so in a way that is different for each character separately. This is what makes the book so addictive.
In this smart, compelling, and darkly taut thriller, the author gifts her readers with a story that will push the limits of what you think is right and wrong. I enjoyed getting to see multiple sides of a crime, along with why someone would choose revenge. Survival is not as easy as we would like to think, and this book shows just how complex it can be.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Even good people are drawn to do evil things ... Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend's house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice--and killed him in cold blood.
Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends' abductor force Rain to revisit memories she's worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can't Rain just let it go?
Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them.
About the Author: Lisa Unger is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels. An award-winning and acclaimed writer with millions of readers worldwide, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. Her books are published in twenty-six languages and have been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. In 2019, her novel Under My Skin and her short story The Sleep Tight Motel were both nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel + Leisure. Lisa lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (September 17, 2019)
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