Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review for The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger

The Stranger Inside

Published September 17th 2019 by Park Row

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.

My Thoughts…

What a thriller!   I picked up Lisa Unger’s book and was hoping for something that would pull me in, keep me up at night having to read, and leave me wanting more.    The Stranger Inside is all that and more.  

The characters are so wonderful.   They have gone through a hell that no one should have to and are now living with what happened to them.    Rain has tried to find a normal life, a life that fulfills her, with her wonderful husband and her beautiful daughter but is unable to entirely put her childhood behind her.    Hank is also struggling.   They both have careers that fulfill them but something is missing.   The closure of what happened to them is not there.

I had a clue as to who the vigilante was but I never saw the rest of the story coming.   I was so in awe of what else was going on.   The clues were there, the story was being told perfectly, and I was so into the story that I never saw how it would all come together.   

Lisa Unger wrote an amazing story that pulled me in, kept me turning pages, and left me wanting so much more.  

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