Lisa Unger’s been one of my go-to authors for more than a decade or so. I think I only discovered her work when she attended the Brisbane Writers’ Festival in 2009, but I’ve read everything she’s written since.
There was a moment or two after I started this book that I worried it was one by Lisa Unger I’d already read – one, in fact, I’d heard her introduce at a writers festival I attended in Brisbane in 2008 or so (ed: which I later discovered was Die For You).
I knew I’d read a recent book of hers with a similar name (ed: which I’m now assuming was In The Blood, #blood #skin #whatevs) and wondered if this was a re-release though it seemed different enough that I didn’t remember it in enough detail to have read it before.
I’m a big fan of US writer Lisa Unger, and have mentioned before that I saw her speak at a Writers’ Festival a decade or so ago. However, I’ve struggled with her most recent books – a kinda connected series – which have dipped into the supernatural. I’ve still read them, but not enjoyed them as much as it’s not a genre this logic-loving crime / suspense fiction fan reads.
I was happy then, to hear of a new standalone thriller.
Each time I review one of Lisa Unger’s books I rave about what a fan I am of her work. And that remains the case. I have to admit I haven’t however enjoyed ‘The Hollows’ series as much as many of her earlier standalone novels.
The suspense is still there. The characters are great. We’re kept guessing and remain poised on the edge of our seats. However… I continue to struggle a little with the paranormal / supernatural elements. And yes, I do I know that’s more about me, than Unger’s work.
I’ve reviewed a few of Lisa Unger’s novels here now and each time I mention that I’m a fan of her work and have pretty much read everything she’s published.
As an aside, and before I continue… if you’re *slightly* anal like moi and find yourself twitching at the fact the title of her latest novel, Crazy Love You, is grammatically frustrating, you can relax as it does make sense once you read the book. (It’s named after the way our lead character Ian, describes his feelings. “I crazy love you,” he tells girlfriend Megan.)
I’m a long-term Lisa Unger fan and actually saw her in Brisbane at a Writers’ Festival a few years ago. I’ve read most of her novels so was stoked to get an advance copy of her latest, In the Blood, due for publication in January 2014.
In the Blood kicks off with a prologue in which we discover something horrible has happened… and we soon learn that our lead character’s father is in prison awaiting the death penalty for killing his wife – despite his protestations to the contrary.