In the Blood (7 January 2014) by Lisa Unger

In the BloodIn the Blood by Lisa Unger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the Blood is the first novel I have read by Lisa Unger, and happily, it exceeded my expectations. It is the story of Lana Granger, a psychology student at Sacred Heart College in upstate New York. As the story begins, Lana gets an afternoon job as a babysitter for an eleven-year-old boy named Luke. Despite Lana’s immediate sense of comfort with Luke’s mother, she soon realizes that Luke himself is anything but a normal pre-teen boy. Luke is diagnosed as “callous-unemotional,” the term for children who lack empathy and are considered at risk for developing into sociopaths as adults. Lana, for her own part, has a mysterious and troubled past, which is only revealed to us bit by bit as the story unfolds. The cat-and-mouse game that develops between Lana and Luke, as well as the disappearance of Lana’s friend Beck, are the basis for a twisting, suspense-filled story that is hard to put down.
Due to the garish covers on Lisa Unger’s novels, I had expected In the Blood to be a rather generic thriller. However, from the first pages, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of Lisa Unger’s writing.  In the Blood was a fast-paced, addictive read, but it was also a thought-provoking exploration of the psychology of sociopaths. And while at times, the numerous plot twists seemed implausible, the story was so enjoyable that I was happily willing to suspend disbelief and go along for the literary ride. From early on in the novel, I suspected that I knew what the big plot twist would be, but in fact, there were multiple reveals that were wholly unexpected. Ultimately, In the Blood was great fun to read. It was the kind of escapist fiction that is perfect for a plane ride or a vacation. I’m glad that I gave Lisa Unger a try, and recommend this book to anyone craving a good thriller.
I received a review copy of In the Blood from the publisher through NetGalley.

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