Monday, May 19, 2014

In the Blood by Lisa Unger

Lana is a psychology major at a private liberal arts college in upstate New York. She’s alienated, lonely, and overcoming a past dark with blood and confusing memories. Stabilized by medications and the loving but not entirely welcome ministrations of her aunt, she’s been trying to blend into the real world-- or at least the tiny protected bubble of small town academia that is The Hollows.

Encouraged by Langdon, her advisor, Lana accepts a job caring for a troubled young boy who soon embroils Lana in mind-games that, disturbingly, refer to pieces of Lana’s troubled past. At the same time, Lana’s roommate and best friend, Beck, disappears. Beck has always been a free-spirit, often going off-the-grid for days at a time, so Lana tells herself not to worry. But Beck’s parents don’t feel the same way, and when the police are called in, suspicion falls upon Lana.

Lana flinches from the truth about her past, about herself, and about her relationships, so her narration is unreliable right from the start, but her vulnerability and the predators who seem to circle her make her a sympathetic and fascinating character. In the end, will she be smart enough to put together the clues, and brave enough to face the truth?

Lisa Unger is a New York Times bestselling author who has also written under the name Lisa Miscione.  Her novel In the Blood is a stay-up-all-night thriller that will have you rooting for Lana even as you wonder, “Is there evil in her blood?”

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