Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Review of Author Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger, American Author
Lisa (Miscione) Unger is an American author of contemporary fiction. Her stories are in the crime thriller mystery and suspense category, which is my favorite genre to read.  

A couple months ago I 'discovered' Lisa Unger, an author new to me, and was so pleased by the first book I read that I have subsequently now read my way through almost all her books. Lisa writes fast-paced psychological mysteries with strong characters and I've found her books nearly impossible to put down.


Bio of Lisa Unger


Born Lisa Miscione in 1970, the author published her first four books under her maiden name.  She had spent a decade in the publishing business before meeting and marrying Jeff Unger, after which she began her writing career.

Since then, she has written twelve more books under the name Lisa Unger, has won numerous writing awards, and has become an international best-selling author. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter. You can visit her at www.lisaunger.com.

Lisa's books might best be called 'psychological thrillers' as she combines her knowledge of the human psyche with an understanding of trauma and fear. The suspense builds throughout each story and the reader finds themselves wrapped up in the psychology of the characters so much that the lines are often blurred between the protagonist and the villain.


Brief Synosis of Books by Lisa Unger


Lisa Unger writes both 'continuing character' stories and 'stand-alone' books (each having different characters).



Lydia Strong

 

Lydia Strong Series



Lisa's first 4 books (written as Lisa Miscione between 2002 and 2005)  feature the same continuing character, Lydia Strong, who is a true-crime writer in New York City. They include:

  • Angel Fire
  • The Darkness Gathers
  • Twice
  • Smoke

Ridley Jones


Her next character, Ridley Jones, is featured in two books (2006 and 2007)  and shows us that the choices we make day-to-day and even year-to-year, can cause continuing ripples throughout our life.  Ridley is a freelance writer in New York City who begins to discover deep secrets about her family after her rescue of a child makes headlines. Beautiful Lies begins the story and Sliver of Truth continues and completes it.


The Hollows


Kindle Introduction to The Hollows

By far, my favorite group of books by Lisa Unger are about a cast of characters set in The Hollows, a fictional secluded town located 100 miles outside New York City. There is my favorite character, Jones Cooper, a former detective with the Hollows Police Department who is now a private investigator. Plus, Jones' wife, who is a psychologist and interacts with different characters throughout several books.  And Eloise Montgomery, who has had the ability to 'find' lost women ever since an automobile accident badly injured her and left her with a special ability. She appears later in another book which features her now grown granddaughter, Finley, whose psychic abilities far surpass hers. 

Various books in this series have different Hollows characters appearing as the central character in a story, with the others as minor characters. It's such a treat to see them appear. They feel like family has stopped by.  Each character has a supporting role around the central character.

I've already read the first four books Unger has written about The Hollows and hopefully they are just the beginning of a long series, because I find them fascinating and cannot wait to revisit the characters who populate this rather haunted old mining town in the Adirondack Mountains.  

The Kindle eBook (The Whispering Hollows) shown above is an introduction to The Hollows and includes 3 short stories featuring reluctant psychic Eloise Montgomery.  To date, Ungers 4 Hollows novels written between 2010 and 2016 include:


  • Fragile
  • Darkness My Old Friend
  • Crazy Love You
  • Ink and Bone


Non-Series Books by Lisa Unger


Ungers' non-series books (five to date) include a variety of characters, each featured by themselves in a stand-alone novel. Although, if you have read and followed her earlier books, you will see characters from The Hollows popping up here and there as minor characters.




Newest Novel Due out April 25, 2017

 
The newest non-series Lisa Unger mystery (The Red Hunter) debuts April 25, 2017.


Prologue and Epiglogue


Many novels, particularly mystery and suspense stories, begin with a prologue. They then end with reaching a conclusion where the crime is solved and the villain is captured or the problem is unraveled and the story reaches a satisfactory ending.  But, have you ever reached the end of a book and thought "I wonder what happens to her in the future, or does he find what he's looking for". 

What I find most fascinating and interesting about Lisa Unger's books is she brings her stories to it's exciting ending, THEN she has another chapter that really wraps up all those things the reader might wonder about even after learning the ending of the story.   And even THAT is not the ending.  She still has an Epilogue! By the time the reader finishes each book, one has no more questions, except 'where's the next book - I can't stop reading'.


Caveat/Caution


Lisa Unger's books might not appeal to everyone.  If you don't care for stories about murders and traumas and fears both real and imagined, then these psychological thrillers are not for you. But if you like mystery and suspense, involvement with police and FBI and a main character you like very much, then you will become a fan of Lisa Unger's thrillers. I certainly have!


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9 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh... just when I had decided to add no more books to my kindle, until I've caught up on my reading... you write this review of this author who writes that type of books I enjoy most. Thank you for sharing about Lisa Unger. I've never read any of her books. But I will in the future.

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    1. Glad to know you like the same type of books I do, Dawn Rae. Happy reading! :)

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  2. Just last night I finished a short series of psychological thrillers by another author, so the timing on this author review is perfect! I really like the way you did the review, featuring each of Lisa Unger's series and main characters. Now, where to start, where to start...

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    1. Start with the Hollows characters, Susan, as you will see them pop up in other books too. Fragile was the first in that series.

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  3. Well, I can see that I will be adding The Hollows to my Kindle today! There is nothing more exciting than discovering a new author we can all trust to deliver with excellence. Thank you for introducing us to Lisa Unger and her books. Excellent review Pat! You have me so intrigued that I will be stepping outside of my comfort zone to read these books, but I trust your recommendation.

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    1. Glad I piqued your interest, Mouse. I picked up one of her books on a whim a couple months ago and immediately became a fan. I love her writing and the pace of her stories. She grabs you and holds on throughout the whole story. Very hard to put down once you begin one of her books! I've gone from book to book as fast as I can.

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  4. You certainly intrigued me about Lisa Unger! Thing is that books like this make me stay away all night instead of sleeping. I can't watch heavy suspense movies or TV either so I might have to pass. But great review!

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    1. That's why I put in that 'caution' at the end, Heather. Psychological thrillers aren't for everyone. Thanks for visiting my review, though.

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  5. I think I would have to read one to make sure that this is the type of book I would enjoy. I don't usually like psychological thrillers that are too "dark" and this sound like it would not be. So maybe just maybe I will enjoy these too.

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