by Lisa Unger
3.5 of 5.0 stars
Another chilling thriller from Lisa Unger! In the Blood is certainly a great psychological thriller based around a character that although unlovable, I still wish she was my friend in real life!
Lana is a wonderful, complex character who is alone in the world and this is no fault of her own. She has been there, done that. The girl is a dark genius. And somehow, she manages to surround herself with the like. Which is pretty amazing. Too amazing? A little bit, yes.
The coincidences in the book became almost maddening. The way everyone was finally connected. The writing around it was stellar. But to made this plausible, or even simply book-believable, is far-fetched. It really did get frustrating too when it seemed brilliant Lana was unable to figure out the things we were figuring out as readers long before. And over and over. The same person keeps showing up? Red flag. The 11-year-old kid knows a ton about you and you keep playing the game? You don't speak up about your involvement - or not - in your "best friend's" disappearance?
Okay, I take it back, I don't want to be Lana's best friend anymore. And now as I write this, I'm thinking she was a bit too arrogant for the book. But a lot is forgiven when someone is a genius. Maybe.
about the author from Goodreads.com:
Born in The United States
Genre Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the latest psychological thriller THE RED HUNTER.
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, Amazon.com, Independent Booksellers, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Sun Sentinel to name a few.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.