30 Sep Book review: In the Blood by Lisa Unger
About to graduate from university in upstate New York, Lana Granger takes a job in town looking after eleven-year-old Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, manipulative Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. He likes to play games. But in Lana he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?
Because Lana is a liar. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is, that even she can’t remember the truth. Then Lana’s closest friend Beck mysteriously goes missing, and Lana’s alibi for the night of the disappearance doesn’t match with eyewitness accounts.
Now, Lana finds herself lying again – to friends, to the police, to herself. Lana is willing to do almost anything to keep the truth – about her last night with Beck, about everything – from coming out. Even so, it might not be enough to keep her shocking secrets dead and buried.
Because somebody knows all about Lana’s lies. And they are dying to tell.
Masterfully suspenseful, finely crafted, and written with a no-holds-barred raw power, In the Blood is Unger at her best.
I’ve read this book months ago, but believe me I simply couldn’t bring myself to write a review. NO, it’s not because I’m lazy or that busy, but it’s because…Man, how do you write a review for something SO FASCINATING? How do you bring into words all the fascination, all it’s awesomeness, it’s GREATNESS? I don’t know about you, but I struggle with these reviews, because I always fear no matter how hard I try, I will fail and not do the book justice. But, today is Halloween and it seemed totally appropriate for me to review this AMAZING BOOK today, giving all I’ve got in the hope you will like my review. But trust me, no matter how great the reviews for this book are, the book itself is SO SO SOOOO MUCH BETTER!
Before reading ‘In The Blood’ I truly didn’t know what a good psychological thriller is. Honestly, I didn’t even read that much thrillers, but of course I’ve read Gone Girl like many of you and thought there won’t be a book after it that will be able to take that place Gone Girl still holds. No, I didn’t LOVE Gone Girl that much, but seems EVERYONE I know did, and went ga-ga for that book, and movie now. Sometimes I really don’t understand why some books get all the buzz, I know if masses of people are in love with a book it’s bound to be made into movies or whatever, but for me, ‘In the Blood’ is THAT BOOK which needs to be seen on screens. Not Gone Girl. And I’m sorry if this might sound harsh to all the GG fans out there, but if you ever have the opportunity to read ‘In the Blood’ you will UNDERSTAND why I’m saying this.
But moving on to this piece of art! It’s a creepy, twisted, complex yet beautiful story that will grab you from the very first page. Lana Granger has been told many lies about her past, she really doesn’t even know who she is any more. When given the opportunity to babysit Luke, a strange (and sometimes dangerous) kid, she’s faced with every fucking demon that haunted her all of her life. Luke is a handful and his mind is twisted, but maybe this time in Lana he’s met his match.
Going back and forth in her narrative, through Lana’s POV and another voice (diary entry), Ms Unger will take you on a journey which will be ONE OF A KIND experience! Totally mind-blowing, this is a story you won’t be able to predict, it will swing you back and forth, and you might think you know what the hell is gonna happen next…but man, you will be far from the truth. Extremely clever plot, fantastic characters, brilliant execution, this book IS A HIT!
The ending was..WOW! Totally unpredictable and so so clever. When I finished reading, I remember I though – LISA UNGER, YOU ARE A GENIUS! How..wha…how DID YOU DO THAT??
Gave me the goosebumps all the way while reading, and kept me glued to it’s pages till the very last one. Enthralling psychological thriller you must not miss out on! Just go and READ IT! READ IT!