From the publisher:
PEOPLE Best Books of Fall 2019
“A darkly thrilling tale of survival and obsession. Lisa Unger never disappoints.” —Riley Sager, bestselling author of Lock Every Door
Even good people are drawn to do evil things…
Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice—and killed him in cold blood.
Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?
Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them.
I haven’t read a serial killer book this good in a long time. Unger does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life in such a way that I felt like I could have passed Rain in the supermarket. Or helped Rain find books for her kid at my library. Real real!
The idea of a serial killer sitting in judgment and eking out punishment or vengeance isn’t really new, but somehow it feels new here. There are enough twists and turns that it kept me guessing throughout.
I read this over the weekend we were waiting for Hurricane Dorian (which thankfully, blew past us, leaving us unharmed). The thing is, when you prepare for a hurricane, the first thing you do is put up your shutters, unless you have the luxury of having hurricane windows, which I do not. The hurricane shutters we have are metal and completely cover all the windows and sliding glass doors in my house. I’m telling you this because it leaves the house very, very dark. Reading a serial killer book essentially in the dark just brings it to another level. Needless to say, I couldn’t put it down!
9/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
THE STRANGER INSIDE by Lisa Unger. Park Row; Original edition (September 17, 2019). ISBN 978-0778308720. 384p.
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE. With millions of readers worldwide and books published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The Edgar-nominated UNDER MY SKIN is also a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize, and the Macavity Award for Best Novel. And the original short story THE SLEEP TIGHT MOTEL is a #1 bestselling single.
Unger’s critically acclaimed books have been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family. Visit LisaUnger.com