In the Blood, Paperback Book
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About to graduate from university in upstate New York, Lana Granger takes a job in town looking after eleven year old Luke.

Expelled from schools all over the country, manipulative Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life.

He likes to play games. But in Lana he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers? Because Lana is a liar. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is, that even she can't remember the truth.

Then Lana's closest friend Beck mysteriously goes missing, and Lana's alibi for the night of the disappearance doesn't match with eyewitness accounts.

Now, Lana finds herself lying again - to friends, to the police, to herself.

Lana is willing to do almost anything to keep the truth - about her last night with Beck, about everything - from coming out.

Even so, it might not be enough to keep her shocking secrets dead and buried.

But somebody knows all about Lana's lies. And they are dying to tell. Masterfully suspenseful, finely crafted, and written with a no-holds-barred raw power, In the Bloodis Unger at her best.


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Lisa Unger’s latest psychological thriller has the reader questioning if sociopaths and psychopaths made or born? Can they be helped, can they live normal lives, or will they always pose a threat to others?The narrative alternates between the first person of college student Lana Granger and the diary entries of an unnamed woman. Lana is an enigmatic protagonist. Unger gives us glimpses of her tragic past, and its effects on the person she has become while hinting there is something more we don’t know about her, a secret even more shocking than the murder of her mother by her father.None of the characters can be trusted and almost all of the readers assumptions about them will prove wrong. The novel is populated with broken people who don’t behave or react in ordinary ways, who lie without affect and who lack the basic traits, such as empathy, that define our humanity.The plot is undeniably clever with twists and turns to surprise and shock but I have to admit overall I think it was all too neat somehow and while the suspense was there, I think a sense of urgency was lacking somewhat. I’m reluctant to reveal too much as it is essential the story unfolds without any foreshadowing.In The Blood is a gripping read, well crafted and chilling. This psychological thriller will grab you from the first page and not let go til the very last.

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