Lana Granger has lied her entire life about who she is and where she comes from. She has blocked out so many details of her troubled past that it’s hard to recall everything. About to graduate from college, she takes on a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke who knows how to manipulate every adult in his life. Lana is determined not to let him manipulate her, but he’s extremely smart and calculating. When Lana’s best friend Beck disappears from campus, Lana’s carefully controlled life begins to unravel as police and friends question her. She will do anything to keep her secrets buried, but someone is determined to expose her for the liar she really is. This is a creepy and disturbing psychological thriller that kept me awake for many nights.
“Unger's taut prose, flawed characters, and very unreliable narrator will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last. Lana Granger has deep, dark secrets that she would like to keep hidden, but it seems that somebody wants to expose her. Thrills, chills, and too many suspects to count, this book has it all!”
— Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
In the Blood is the Lisa Unger novel we've all been waiting for--and a return to the dark psychological suspense that madeBeautiful Liesa bestseller around the world. SOMEONE KNOWS LANA'S SECRET--AND HE'S DYING TO TELL. LANA GRANGER LIVES A LIFE OF LIES. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can't quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to control-ling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers? When Lana's closest friend, Beck, mysteriously disappears, Lana resumes her lying ways--to friends, to the police, to herself. The police have a lot of questions for Lana when the story about her where-abouts the night Beck disappeared doesn't jibe with eyewitness accounts. Lana will do anything to hide the truth, but it might not be enough to keep her ominous secrets buried: someone else knows about Lana's lies. And he's dying to tell. Lisa Unger's writing has been hailed as "sensa-tional" (Publishers Weekly) and "sophisticated" (New York Daily News), with "gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose" (Associated Press). Masterfully suspenseful, finely crafted, and written with a no-holds-barred raw power, In the Blood is Unger at her best.
“In The Blood may be [Unger's] best one yet. . . . Keeps the shocks and twists coming at a breakneck
- Tampa Bay Tribune
“Always scary…Unger neatly distorts our perceptions, so there’s no telling what is what. Well done.”
- New York Daily News
“A riveting chess match of twists will keep you guessing—and keep you up at night.”
- Family Circle
“Unger pulls off a bravura feat. . . . Readers will … savor the pleasure of being guided by Unger’s sure
hand along a deliciously twisted narrative path. Another scary winner from an accomplished pro.”