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In the Blood: A Novel | [Lisa Unger]

In the Blood: A Novel

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 controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?
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Publisher's Summary

In the Blood is the Lisa Unger novel we've all been waiting for - and a return to the dark psychological suspense that made Beautiful Lies a bestseller around the world.

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 controlling 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 whereabouts 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 “sensational” (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.

©2014 Lisa Unger (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 01-13-14
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 01-13-14 Member Since 2012

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    in my opinion a total rewrite


    Has In the Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I really am straining to review this book. For one thing the way it is written it forces the reader to pay close attention since it goes from the present to the past & back & forth. The book is in my opinion more depressing than intriguing which of course is only my opinion. It isn't that story does not compete with complicated story lines so that it would sell, but it made me feel depressed through the book because all it did was cover psychopathic behavior in children & adults, made comments about bad parenting, unhappy marriages, adds adultery, lesbianism, gender confusion & ends with murder. Even an unsolved murder. In my opinion too much! And as an educated mental health professional I found times I totally disagreed with the authors viewpoint as writtten.
    When I got done I asked myself what the book gave me & although the story weaved in & out of the main characters life I ended up thinking this book really did not offer answers or solutions to the problems & left me feeling down. That is why I probably would not give this book my highest rating. This is not to say the fans of this author would not enjoy it, but for me it left me feeling the world sucked for the most part & some people just kept on suffering. Not my cup of tea.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxon ?

    I thought the narrators did a good job with what they had.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    To me this is a good way to depress the reader.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 05-17-14
    Janie O'brien US 05-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "brilliantly performed story"

    from page 1, this was a winner for me. It sucked me right in and kept me enthralled until I finished it in 2 listening sessions. Lisa Unger has a magic ability to create a wonderful suspenseful tension in her writing that keeps you 'turning pages' well into the night. The narrators were nothing short of brilliant, especially the voice of 'Lana.' The two perfmormers brought the book to life and made the story perfectly believable. Can't recommend this book more highly for those who love good character development and psychological suspense. Can't wait for Unger's next delectable treat!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel NRH, TX, United States 01-17-14
    Rachel NRH, TX, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Different, But very good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, like I titled my review it was different than books I usually read, however it kept me very interested and it kept me guessing until the end. So to me that equals a good book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Blood?

    The twist!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in just 2 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading more of Lisa Ungers books now!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 08-19-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "potent, and deadly, blood ties"

    In this psycho-thriller the mood is dreary and filled with angst. It's not a bad story, but it could have used more psychoanalysis (or at least more babble) since all the characters are great students of the mind. It could have also drawn out the explanation of the conclusion, which seemed rather rushed after spending time learning these characters. There is however a simple redemption at the end that gives it a lift.

    PS - May have liked it more if I knew from past experience that I don;t like this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanie LONGMONT, CO, United States 04-06-14
    Jeanie LONGMONT, CO, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2009

    Truelongmont on Facebook. I like listening while exercising and cleaning. I just want entertainment!

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    "I love evil children!"
    If you could sum up In the Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Psychological thriller esque


    Which character – as performed by Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxton – was your favorite?

    This is one where the performances were great! Paced nicely and engaging tones.


    Who was the most memorable character of In the Blood and why?

    The bad kid!


    Any additional comments?

    I am partial to psychological thrillers with twists, and add in evil children and I'm there! That being said, this had some cheesy turns of plot - but it was entertaining enough to get me through exercising!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AMANDA WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-05-14
    AMANDA WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Captivating and"

    Loved this book, I could not stop listening to it.
    The story was full of twists and turns till the very end.
    The characters where dark and twisted.
    100% recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Mystery and Suspense Thrillers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 09-15-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow Wow Wow"

    What a delicious treat! A truly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat, nail biter. And, it's not a revamp of a story that someone else told previously. Well worth the price. Definitely a 5-star winner. Congratulations to Ms. Unger and the narrators. This is my 2014 #1 Audible selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan atlanta, GA, United States 09-07-14
    Susan atlanta, GA, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fist pump! Well played, Lisa Unger."

    Just when I imagine I'm thinking a step ahead of Unger, she slips in a twist so clever it makes me grin like a mean little monkey. Creepy psychological horror with a child villain who made me glad I forgot to have children. Excellent. Maybe her sharpest work since Die For You.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 09-01-14
    James 09-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Next Book, Please!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to people struggling with mental health issues, or know someone that is.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I could related to the characters in this book. I having bipolar myself, and a son that has adhd and bipolar. The book felt so real to me; I could not stop listening.


    What does Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gretchen and Candace brings this book to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of In the Blood and why?

    I would say the most memorable character was the son. I wish there was more about him in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see if there will be book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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