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In the Blood: A Novel

In the Blood: A Novel

Escrito por Lisa Unger

Narrado por Candace Thaxton e Gretchen Mol


In the Blood: A Novel

Escrito por Lisa Unger

Narrado por Candace Thaxton e Gretchen Mol

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Jan 7, 2014
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9781442361447
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In the Blood is the Lisa Unger novel we've all been waiting for-and a return to the dark psychological suspense that made Beautiful Lies a bestseller around the world.

Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can't quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?

When Lana's closest friend, Beck, mysteriously disappears, Lana resumes her lying ways-to friends, to the police, to herself. The police have a lot of questions for Lana when the story about her whereabouts the night Beck disappeared doesn't jibe with eyewitness accounts. Lana will do anything to hide the truth, but it might not be enough to keep her ominous secrets buried: someone else knows about Lana's lies. And he's dying to tell.

Lisa Unger's writing has been hailed as "sensational" (Publishers Weekly) and "sophisticated" (New York Daily News), with "gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose" (Associated Press). Masterfully suspenseful, finely crafted, and written with a no-holds-barred raw power, In the Blood is Unger at her best.
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Lisa Unger is the NYT bestselling author of 17 novels. Her work has been published in 26 languages, with millions of readers worldwide. In 2019, she received 2 Edgar Award nominations. Under My SKin is also a finalist for the Hammett Prize and Macavity Award. Her work has been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by the Today show, GMA, EW, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. She has written for the NYT, WSJ, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives in Florida with her family.

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  • (4/5)
    There appears to be two separate stories going on simultaneously which made it a little difficult to follow. The ending however, was not what I expected at all. I did enjoy it once I got into it.
  • (5/5)
    IN THE BLOOD is the first book by Lisa Unger I've read (or listened to), and I was completely wowed! It's hard to convey how much I loved this book. It was so good. The story is told from the point of view of Lana Granger, a college student whose best friend Beck goes missing. Lana is a self-professed liar with a past full of secrets, so can the reader really trust what she says? You gotta love those unreliable narrators!As the search for Beck is on, Lana becomes wrapped up in this demented game with Luke, a troubled child that she's been hired to care for. Lana doesn't know what Luke's ultimate goal is with the game, but she can't resist playing along and finding out what he knows. Putting it mildly, Luke has issues. He's a master manipulator, very intelligent with psychopathic tendencies. Luke's character gave me chills, and my heart went out to his scared and emotionally exhausted mother Rachel.IN THE BLOOD was a gripping psychological thriller filled with shocking twists and turns. I had to pause more than once for a jaw-dropping "O.M.G." moment. Just when I thought I'd put the pieces of the puzzle together...nope! I was proven wrong. I love books that can really mess with my mind. This book addresses the question if "evil" can be inherited, and if it is "in the blood," can it be overcome?The audiobook was narrated by Candace Thaxton and Gretchen Mol, and both performances were amazing. Ms. Thaxton narrated from Lana's POV, and Ms. Mol read the part of a mystery woman writing in her journal. They both did a great job capturing the essence of their characters. I could really hear the tension, fear, and desperation in their voices, perfect for this thriller. Highly recommended!Source: Review copy from the publisher
  • (5/5)
    Lana has a past that doesn't want to be discovered. When she takes a job babysiting and her friend Beck disappears, a twisted game of treasure hunt is unravelling pieces of her past and is connected to the disappearance of her friend.

    Twisted, suspensful. Thsi book keeps you guessing every chapter!
  • (1/5)
    It started interesting and the trip was interesting for a while. Then the story started to sputtered, and cough, and choke, and my patience drove me to skimming. Next I am just skipping whole paragraphs in an attempt to get to the reveal before my journey falls dead at my feet. At the time I could not quite put my finger on why this was happening. In retrospect, I think this was partly due to the ping pong game between past and present. Another thing was the first person narrative: we are shown she has so much to hide and she cannot reveal any of it to any other characters or the reader, or maybe she should, no not yet, but what about now, yes sure, oh wait no not yet...see what I mean. Another sputter on the way to choking was the diary; I knew it was going to play some important role as a reveal device to the reader, but I did not like the way it was written. Really bogged down the pace, like walking toward a mountain: you never seem to get closer. The diary is a perfect example of what I mean about too much past/present bouncing. I kept waiting for the diary to catch up to more current events. That journey was taking way too long; I started skipping whole chapters. Finally, I just went to the back of the book for the reveal. Eh.
  • (4/5)
    This was one freaky book. There were many twists and turns that I initially didn't see coming. Great to read about familiar faces from The Hollows from previous books. It took me awhile to figure out who the diary entries were about, I thought maybe, but it couldn't be. Luke is one scary sociopath. I would have more than just a lock on his bedroom door, he was downright scary. I have to say, Lana's family is full of sociopaths and killers, on both her mom and dad's side. It's hard to believe she also isn't locked away somewhere. I actually thought Lana was involved in her mom's death. This book was very suspenseful and a great thriller, one of my favorite Lisa Unger books. I would have liked a little more about about Langdon Hewes and why he was so obsessed with Lana. Overall a wonderful book, I couldn't put it down.
  • (5/5)
    Extra creepy and perfect sequel for the hollows. Can't wait for the next book
  • (4/5)
    Really great book with twists and a study in child psychopaths.
  • (4/5)
    Twists n turns keep u guessing. Great narration. Recommend. Enjoy.
  • (5/5)
    Love love love this book. I couldn't stop listening. Must read.
  • (5/5)
    Love Lisa Unger! This one definitely had me going every different way on "who did it".
  • (5/5)
    Wow! Excellent story, excellent narrators! Great twist! Captivating and suspenseful!
  • (4/5)
    Young woman with a tough past takes a job as a part time nanny to a boy with many of her same characteristics. They and their families share many secrets. Listened coming and going to Biloxi. Nicely read by two women.
  • (2/5)
    The twist was far too obvious for me to be really engaging, but I'm sure some people will be surprised.
  • (5/5)
    The review I read in the Washington Post was so good I couldn't pass up "in the Blood", despite my usual dislike of psychological thrillers. What a great novel! Though I read close to 100 books a year, I rarely (once a year?) stay up late to finish a story - but I just couldn't stop. And at the very beginning, I was not many pages into the book when I knew with dead certainty that this was a winner. The prose is just excellent. Unger offers many little observations of life and relationships, all integral to the story, that really resonate. The pace is brisk and the story really zips along. All of the characters are very interesting, and there are a couple of kids who are particularly creepy. There are 2 or 3 story lines and they mesh very well by the books end. The protagonist is a young woman studying psychology at a small college in New York state. To make a little money she interviews to babysit an 11 year old boy after school; he is the only child of single Mom Rachel who has just moved to town and opened a new bookstore. It's not long before the sparks begin to fly and the tension mounts. I would strongly suggest to any prospective readers that you do not read any detailed reviews; the less known about this story and its themes, the better off you are. This is my first Lisa Unger and now I will check out a potential treasure trove of her earlier books. This is my best read for quite a while!
  • (5/5)
    In the Blood by Lisa Unger is a complex, suspenseful psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end: Very Highly Recommended.

    Lana Granger is a gifted student who is a senior in childhood psychology at Sacred Heart College in The Hollows of upstate New York. Lana herself intimates right at the beginning that there are secrets about her that no one knows and she plans to keep her secrets. We soon learn that her mother is dead and her father is on death row for the murder. We know that she was a troubled child. But it appears that Lana is doing well now if she can just keep walking the tightrope of lies she has told.

    Lana's psychology professor and mentor, Langdon Hewes, encourages her to apply for a babysitting job. It all seems innocent enough. Rachel Kahn needs someone to babysitting her volatile, gifted, emotionally disturbed 11-year-old son, Luke. Luke attends a nearby school for disturbed children during the day but his mother just needs a little help with him before she gets home from work. Lana and Luke immediately feel an unspoken bond with each other. While Lana's troubles are being resolved with therapy and medication, Luke seems to be much more out of control and beyond the reach of help than Lana was at his age.

    When Lana's roommate, Becky, is reported as missing she is the second girl that Lana has known at college who has disappeared. As the investigation to find Becky picks up speed, Luke is playing a strange game with Lana that is taking a strange turn.

    The narrative switches back and forth between two stories. The main story which is the bulk of the plot is that of Lana. The alternate narrative is in the form of diary entries by an unnamed mother with a very troubled son. Unger does a magnificent job pacing the plot. Both narratives slowly reveal more facts and troubling information, which slowly allows the reader more enlightenment to discern what may really be going on. But be forewarned: There is a brilliant twist to the plot.

    The writing was simply excellent. I loved the alternating stories between Lana's problems and the diary entries. I liked the character of Lana even when I didn't like her and knew she was hiding something. She admitted she was a liar and had secrets right at the beginning. I was impressed with In the Blood right to the ending where it took a completely unexpected turn.

    Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Touchstone via Netgalley for review purposes

  • (5/5)
    College senior Lana Granger has constructed her future by lying about her past. Shortly after she begins babysitting a manipulative eleven-year-old boy, her best friend Beck mysteriously disappears. Eyewitnesses say Lana was the last person to see Beck. She finds herself telling more lies - to the police, to friends, to herself. She's trying to keep things together especially now that she knows there's someone out there who's trying hard to expose her secrets.

    This was good! It was a page-turner with lots of suspense and twists and turns. I really appreciate the creativity that went into this book. I enjoyed uncovering all of Lana's secrets and learning why she wanted so desperately to bury her past.
  • (4/5)
    A very fast paced suspense read. Full of twists & turns. Recommended!
  • (3/5)
    I was really in the mood for a good book when I began "In the Blood."The complex story tells of Lana Granger, a college student who has a limited trust fund. The manager of the trust advises her to get a job to supplement the trust income, something easy to do while she continues her studies. She sees a notice about a babysitting job and accepts the position.Luke is the boy Lana will be taking care of. He's age eleven and has a troubled past. He's been expelled from numerous schools and is a demanding and controlling boy.Lana's own life has been a nightmare. There is a major memory of her mother's death and now her college roommate, Beck, disappears. Beck (short for Rebecca) is also Lana's best friend.The reader learns that Lana is a habitual liar so it's difficult to know when to believe her. There are questions about Beck's disappearance and that of another girl a few years before. Lana's reaction to these incidents don't seem to make her very upset. She comes across as a self centered and selfish woman. She is also hard to like.However, as the reader learns more about her past, feelings change. There are some surprises to the story and one of them had me wondering how it could be possible.Luke, although only eleven, seems to make Lana do his bidding and I found this unlikely.Overall, not many likable characters. The story does move fast but I wish there was more to it.
  • (4/5)
    In the Blood is the first book by Lisa Unger that I've read - not sure how I've missed her all this time because she writes killer good suspense. In an updated version of The Bad Seed, Ms. Unger asks the question - Is evil and violence inherited and inherent - captured in our genes, impossible to overcome.Lana Granger is a complicated and interesting character whose life is filled with deceptions and mirrors - in some ways she's like a set of funhouse mirrors - distorting and reflecting back over and over again until you can't quite get a sense of where you are or who you are or what's going on. When her advisor gets her a job as a babysitter for a troubled young man named Luke everything becomes more and more twisty and confusing. Who's playing who? And why?In the Blood is a satisfying suspense thriller with so many twists and turns that it keeps you guessing long past your bedtime. A fun, fun read.
  • (4/5)
    This is Lana's story of living lies to protect herself from her past. She is about to graduate and needs a job. She finds a job babysitting Luke who has mental health problems. She is also trying to find her missing friend Beck, who she left in the woods after having sex. There are many twists and turns in this book but you root for Lana to find the truth. There are a couple of hints that things are not what they seem but that just helps with mystery. The ending is a surprise but if I had looked at the hints differently I would have figured it out. Good mystery, with insight into mental health issues and nature versus nurture.
  • (4/5)
    There is absolutely no question that this author has gotten the recipe down for outstanding thrillers and mysteries. This one is no exception, twists and turns galore, a few I did not guess until just before the reveal. Interesting, actually very interesting and complex characters and a very unique setting which she has used before, "The Hollows."Of course there is the little cynic in me that kept thinking this was an updated version of the novel and movie, "The Bad Seed" and had to laugh when near the end of the book, a newspaper heading, screams, "The Bad Seed." Also maybe a few too many psychopaths in one place, really makes one wonder how many are actually out there and how easily they manage to find each other. Scary. Also the inner dialogues of Lane, while interesting at times, almost bordered on preachy.So despite my inner cynic, this quickly paced novel, kept me turning the pages to find out how this was all going to end. Have to admit I loved it.ARC from NetGalley.
  • (5/5)
    Probably if more people had more time to read all the new books that are published every year, IN THE BLOOD would have won the Goodreads Choice Award in its category for 2014. This book is a five-star unputdownable mystery/thriller.Reviews of this book that try to avoid spoilers will tell you this is about a collage-age girl, Lana, who takes a job babysitting an emotionally disturbed 11-year-old boy after he gets home from school. While I applaud a book review that doesn't give away the story, those reviews don't say enough. This is also the mystery of Lana's life. As a matter of fact, this is even more about Lana than you will realize until the end.I usually prefer mysteries/thrillers that are just as much mysteries to the main characters as they are to me so that we discover them together. The style Lisa Unger chooses in IN THE BLOOD is MOSTLY facts already known by the main characters but not by the reader so that only the reader discovers mysteries. But Unger presents the mysteries and their solutions so skillfully that she grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go.My only problems with this book are editorial. Sometimes quotations are in quotation marks, sometimes they are in italics. The editor should have picked one style and stuck with it. Also, sometimes a past-tense verb is used when it should be present tense. Most people won't notice these editorial slipups.
  • (5/5)
    This story is full of surprises. Nothing is as it seems to be. The main character, Lana, isn't really a Lana, and that is what drives the entire book. It gave up its' secrets slowly, and that is what kept me reading.
  • (5/5)
    A real thriller brings you deeper and deeper into it as you read.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book. I kind of figured things out early on but I loved seeing it turn out the way I thought it would. Certainly a great read.
  • (4/5)
    Effective psychological thriller with interesting characters.
  • (4/5)
    If, like me, you read a lot of these things, it’s clear Unger doesn’t do anything terribly original in her books, but damn do they suck me in. I hope this is deliberate on her part; to give us a taste of something we already like and combine that with clear writing and clues that keep a reader feeling smart. I don’t know how to feel about that part. Should I enjoy it or feel manipulated? I guess that’s a thriller writer’s job. Whether by my smarts or her design, I had the whole plot figured out by the end. It was a tangled web and one made more snarled by lies and deliberate omissions. There is enough to put it together though - the unidentified diarist is Lana’s mother which means that she is disguised as a girl or is trans. Then after a bit it becomes clear that Lana’s dad is also Luke’s dad and that Rachel was the woman he was having an affair with long ago (at the time Lana’s mother is killed and her father convicted of the crime). So they’re ½ brothers. The remaining question is who is helping Luke? A kid like that is supervised nearly all the time and so the only real suspect is Langdon. We’re left to wonder why and that does come out of left field a bit.As in We Need to Talk About Kevin, the heart of the story goes to whether monsters are made or born. Unger seems to take the born side of the argument and plants a psychotic family tree for which the boys to fruit from. She makes Lana/Lane a bit more sympathetic since he eventually straightens out and stops being a monster. He’s damaged and knows it. Luke on the other hand revels in his ability to hurt and manipulate and get away with it (the collusion with Langdon was extra tangled and creepy; who was manipulating who?). With Rachel in the picture as Lana/Lane’s mom’s real killer, it seems to seal his fate and I had zero sympathy with Luke. I had more for Lana/Lane although the diary was a bit hard to read. Made me glad once again that I am child free. And I did like the checkmate at the end. It’s nice to get some reader satisfaction now and again.
  • (5/5)

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    In this book we meet university student, Lana Granger, who seems to be working hard to put her traumatic past behind her. Her father is in prison, convicted of killing her mother. Lana remembers some of the details of that night but knows that she's blocked out others. At her counselor's suggestion she takes on a part time job looking after Luke, a local boy with some behavioral issues who has been expelled from several schools. From the beginning of the book, we know Lana is lying about things. She even admits it numerous times throughout her narrative. When her best friend, Beck, disappears she lies about everything connected with the events leading up to the disappearance. Despite the evidence pointing at Lana's direction, I was sympathetic towards Lana. At this point I was desperate to believe she was not involved. Interspersed with Lana's story are diary entries from an unknown woman that add extra layers to this incredible psychological thriller. This book was cleverly written and the author kept up the suspense by slowly revealing clues along the way. I listened to the audio narrated by Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxton and it is one of the best audios I've ever experienced. It's an adrenaline filled story which never lets up. I never wanted it to end, even though I wanted to know how it ended. It's too early in the year to predict what my favorite books will be, but I can't imagine this won't be among them.

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    This book had just the right mixture of reality and spookiness to draw me in right away. The seemingly unconnected strands of the plot are each individually interesting enough to keep the reader turning the pages, and everything comes together at the end, even if some of it feels a tad far fetched. I guessed the twist from an early stage - I've read another book that uses almost the exact same plot device, and I wasn't fooled! But it was a good twist nonetheless.

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  • (4/5)
    IN THE BLOOD By Lisa Unger“Leroy give me those shoes. I want those shoe,s they are mine!” Eight year old Rhoda Penmark screams at the top of her lungs to Leroy the janitor in her building, later that day she set him on fire while he sleeps. Those words resonate from THE BAD SEED by William March. The novel written in the 50’s was first a stage play then an over hyped bad movie. The tag line on the movie poster stated NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE THEATER DURING THE LAST 5 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE!!! Who would want to go to a film just for the last remaining minutes of any film? Anyway, the reason for the above rambling was to introduce how rarely an author with any talent can explore just what makes a child evil. Is it bred in the bone from birth or does it happen due to their environment? The only other author to ever achieve a plausible and horrifying explanation to that question is the fine writer Laura Lippman and her stand alone thriller EVERY SECRET THING. And now bestselling author Lisa Unger has created a thriller very closely woven with the idea of what makes a child evil.IN THE BLOOD was a wonderful way to spend my New Year’s Eve after everyone in the house was asleep. So tightly paced and unflinchingly dark I was drawn in right from the first page.Lana Granger has so many secrets she has trouble knowing what is real and what isn’t. Seven years ago her mother was murdered by her father and now she hides and resides at a small prestigious college in a town called The Hollows. At the suggestion of her advisor and friend Langston Hewes, Lana takes on a part time job caring for a very troubled eleven year old boy named Luke. At once charming and aloof Luke wants to unravel Lana’s secrets and force her to face all of her fears. At the same time Lana’s roommate and best friend Beck short for Rebecca vanishes one night after they have an argument witnessed by many. Two years before Lana’s friend Elizabeth vanished after a similar disagreement with an all together different outcome. So much insight into Lana’s self imposed nightmare caresses all who come into contact with her and no one is safe from the dark recesses of anger that trail her every moment. One last thing I have to add if I have to compare this novel to any other book I must say that IN THE BLOOD is this year’s GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. When the floor drops out of the reader they better hang on for dear life. WARNING: NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED DURING THE LAST 30 PAGES OF THIS FINE THRILLER!