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Fragile: A Novel | [Lisa Unger]

Fragile: A Novel

Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows’s insular embrace.
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Publisher's Summary

Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high-school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten.

As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows’s insular embrace. As a psychologist, her knowledge of family histories provides powerful insights into her patients’ lives. So when the girlfriend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie’s intuitive gift proves useful to the case—and also dangerous.

Eerie parallels soon emerge between Charlene’s disappearance and the abduction of another local girl that shook the community years ago when Maggie was a teenager. The investigation has her husband, Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely. Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn. In a town where the past is always present, nobody is above suspicion, not even a son in the eyes of his father.

“I know how a moment can spiral out of control,” Jones says to a shocked Maggie as he searches Rick’s room for incriminating evidence. “How the consequences of one careless action can cost you everything.”

As she tries to reassure him that Rick embodies his father in all of the important ways, Maggie realizes this might be exactly what Jones fears most. Determined to uncover the truth, Maggie pursues her own leads into Charlene’s disappearance and exposes a long-buried town secret—one that could destroy everything she holds dear.

This thrilling novel about one community’s intricate yet fragile bonds will leave listeners asking, How well do I know the people I love? And how far would I go to protect them?

©2010 Lisa Unger (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Unger’s taut and edgy tale stealthily plumbs the depths of desperation that grow more dangerous with the passage of time." (Booklist)

"A rich tapestry of psychological wounds...Cleverly plotted and emotionally engaging." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Compelling and true to life characters...highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Janet Westport, MA, United States 03-30-12
    Janet Westport, MA, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Good books just make me smile!

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fragile to be better than the print version?

    In some ways, it was a very good dramatization & gave good depth to characters.


    What other book might you compare Fragile to and why?

    Some of the back story novels of strong female roles; Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan or Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli, a prequel that explains some of their motives in future books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Resolving the mysteries of past generations, putting past demons to rest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile, to think that old wrongs were righted.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, laying the groundwork for sequels that I will definately put on my wishlist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-26-10
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-26-10
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    "Fragile is fuzzy"

    I have to admit I had an upper respiratory infection for most of the time I listened to this so maybe that is why I had such a hard time with this book. The book deals with a murder from the past and a murder in the present. Unfortunately for me, the characters in the past were so similar to the characters in the present, I could not keep up with whether we were in the past or present. The murders were also very similar which made it more difficult for me to figure out if it was past or present.

    Usually, I love this kind of book but for me, this just wasn't it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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