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The Stranger Inside

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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 listeners 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.

©2019 Lisa Unger (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Could not stop listening.

Graphic, but the twists and turns Lisa Unger takes you through are unforgettable. She delves into trauma and the human psyche as if it is her story. A great read.

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Excellent listen

Lisa Unger is a good writer, but I think she went to another level with this book. Some of the thoughts of one particular character made me feel like Unger reached deep inside herself to express true emotion.

The narrator did an excellent job. She really portrayed the characters with the emotions emitted from the writing.

Spend a credit on this book or even buy it. It is that good.

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  • D.Gettys
  • Dublin, Ga United States
  • 10-07-19

Did I listen to a different book

I read the reviews here and looked forward to a book I couldn’t unplug from. I’ve finished the book and am still looking. In fact I finished the book because I hoped I’d find it. I didn’t.

First, the performance. There were two narrators, a woman and a man. Both were ok, but I got lost trying to figure out which character was talking. When the woman was narrating, it was typically as the main female character, Rain. But she also spoke the men’s responses to her. And there was no difference in inflection or tone between the men and women. Same when the man was narrating, typically as one of the male characters, usually Hank. But then he narrated the women responses to him. Again, no difference in the voice.

Another annoyance was the way the book jumped back and forth in time. When the main characters were kids and the defining occurrence happened. And when they were in college. And present day. All without announcing they were leaping back or forward a decade or two.

I probably listened to this book three times because I had to keep going back a chapter to two to figure out where I was and who was talking. And at the end when I was well ready for it to be over and done, it dragged on and on. This book could have been much shorter and missed nothing. It was as if the author was trying to expunge her own history to get it off her chest.

Finally, the main female character was the typical person in a thriller that you want to tell ‘don’t go in there’, ‘don’t do that’ because she’s heedless. I understand some awful things happened to her as a kid, but do you want it to happen again? Her husband had the patience of Job as she lied to him and took unnecessary chances.

I’m glad this book is done!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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ANOTHER WINNER!

Lisa Unger is fantastic. Unique and original ideas. Her writing techniques is wonderful. Her narrators are always excellent.

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My favorite mystery of the year

I am an avid mystery/thriller reader who recognizes the abundant number of talented mystery writers out there That said Lisa Unger has just lit up the sky like the 4th of July with The Stranger Within. She is the Pied Piper of her genre. She will grab you and pull you gradually, then explosively into her book. You will be there in person feeling all the feelings of her characters and in awe of the plot line and brilliant twisty remarkable ending. You will come away saying “if I were going to a desert island and could only choose one book it would be this one.” Kudos, Lisa. I was in the publishing world where I was inundated by incredible reads. You still stand out like a sore thumb

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My first Lisa Unger....def not my last

I have heard wonderful comments about this writer so I had to have a listen. I was not disappointed. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for almost the whole listen. There did seem to be a lot of repetitiveness which was......well, repetitive.......Lots of unexpected twists and turns that left me with my mouth hanging open while I was listening and driving. Other drivers probably wondered what I was doing. The female narrator was very easy to listen to but the male was a little monotone at times to the point of making me tired. I cannot wait to listen to another of her books.

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Lisa Unger does it again!

As alawys great writing, suspenseful and exciting! Great audio performance also. I can't wait till your next book Ms. Unger.

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good books

I was really impressed with this reading the characters for very realistic the career woman have a child trying to decide if she should stay home with the baby or go to work the tragedy that happened when she was a child leaving one of her best friends and her other best friend going crazy she's a writer and she has secrets from her past I really enjoyed the book it was very good

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Melodramatic

There could be a decent story in here somewhere, but the unbelievably over-the-top narration had me alternately giggling and rolling my eyes.

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Slow story, terrible male narrator

Quite disappointed as Lisa is one of my favourite writers but I found this book lacked an interesting story and didn't have much action. The husband character was 2 dimensional and similar to some other 'husband figures' in her previous books who are unquestioning loyal and about as interesting as a cardboard box. Rain is supposedly in love with him and he's 'the good one' of the love interests -- but why? The relationship is never explored other than at surface level compared to her relationship with her childhood friend.
The male narrator has to be the worst I have listened to on Audible. He sounded like he was reading a bus schedule, and didn't seem to know the difference between acting and voice acting. Such a shame. The only thing that kept me going was the female narrator who obviously knew what she was doing.

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