Book Review: The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story (The Whispers, #2) by Lisa Unger

Posted December 2, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments

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Ten years after Eloise Montgomery discovers her psychic abilities, she is a full-fledged working psychic, with a partner and a business. Now, in The Burning Girl, she’s discovering some disturbing things: secrets about her genealogy that are, perhaps, best left in the past; that her granddaughter Finley has powers of her own; and that not all of Eloise’s visitors actually want to be helped. Some of them are just looking for trouble…

Writing with the same taut prose that earned her critical acclaim for her explosive thriller Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger delivers a spellbinding story that will leave you wanting more.

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

If someone told me months ago I’d give Lisa Unger’s book 2* I would certainly laugh in his face. I mean, it’s Lisa Unger, the woman who rekindled my love for psychological thrillers! But that day has come, and with a terrible pain in my heart I have to write this review because I owe that much to the kind publishers who’ve approved me for this title on NetGalley.

‘The Burning Girl’ is the second in a series of novellas, and though I was not crazy about the first part either, I still looked forward to it.However, I was greatly disappointed. It’s a sequel centered once again around Eloise, just followed 10 years after the last time we saw her in ‘Whispers’. She’s still getting visions but by now she’s accepted her ‘gift’ and even starts her business utilizing her psychic abilities. This felt a bit strange, honestly. I mean, I’m all about using psychic gifts, but not when they are called ‘a business’. I guess, when someone starts thinking of them as ‘business’ they somehow lose all the magic. But that could be just me, and it’s certainly not the main reason for the low rating.

While I was not particularly fond of Eloise in the first part, I have to admit I disliked her even more in this part. In the first part, maybe because of the tragedy that happened to her husband and older daughter, I got to see her more emotional side. It kills me to say this, but she’s lacking some depth and is not a very memorable character. The last thing I’d want is to sound harsh, as I still have loads of love for Ms Unger and think she’s a great writer, however these novellas (especially this second one) were neither gripping nor intense. There was some drama around these visions of the burning girl Eloise experiences, but what bothered me most was that both the blurb and title are misleading. If I say more, there might be some I’m just gonna stop here but consider yourselves warned. The ending was…pretty open and I honestly, felt like the story left this big mess in my head and loads of unanswered questions.

I’d still read more from L.Unger, she’s a terrific writer, however maybe these paranormal twists may not be her thing. Or maybe it’s me..I don’t know really, I’m still shocked I gave one of my fave authors 4/10.


My rating: 4/10


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