Lisa Unger Books

Lisa Unger was born on 26 April 1970 in Connecticut. However, she has spent most of her time in England, New Jersey and Netherlands. As an American author of contemporary fiction, Lisa Unger has managed to sell millions of copies worldwide, and some of her works appeared on New York Times best sellers list. Immediately after completing her high school education, Lisa moved to New York City where she received her honors from the New School of Research. Unger currently lives with her daughter and husband in Florida. Apart from penning down novels, Lisa Unger has also managed to create several essays, which have been featured in the Wall-Street Journal, New York Times, Travel and Leisure Magazine and the NRP.

Order of Hallows Series

# Read Title Published
1 Fragile 2010
2 Darkness, My Old Friend 2011

Order of Lisa Unger Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 Black Out 2008
2 Die for You 2008
3 Heartbroken 2012
4 Crazy Love You 2014
5 In the Blood 2014
6 Ink and Bone 2016
7 The Red Hunter 2017

Order of Lydia Strong Series

# Read Title Published
1 Angel Fire 2002
2 The Darkness Gathers 2003
3 Twice 2004
4 Smoke 2005

Order of Ridley Jones Series

# Read Title Published
1 Beautiful Lies 2006
2 Sliver of Truth 2007

Order of The Whispers Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Whispers 2014
2 The Burning Girl 2014
3 The Three Sisters 2015
4 The Whispering Hollows 2016
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When it comes to Lisa’s writing style, it is exceedingly hard to compare it to any of her contemporaries. It is not only innovative but also unique and experimental at times. She amalgamates her extensive understanding of the human psyche with her understanding of fear and trauma to develop novels which have ensured that she has earned her reputation as the best practitioners of a psychological thriller. Unlike a majority of the bestselling authors who tend to stick to a given formulae, Lisa Unger’s status loyal fan base and bestseller status have pushed her to experiment widely with her style of writing.

Lisa Unger Awards

In the year 2005, In the Blood was selected for an Indie Next, Best Book of the Month by Amazon and Best Novel by the Silver Falchion Award. Furthermore, it was also selected as a Goodread’s Best Mystery and Thriller. Crazy Love, another masterpiece from the author, was also named by Milawkeee Journal Sentinel, as one of 2015’s Best Books. Another novel, Heart Broken was selected by the Suspense Magazine, Publishers Weekly Editors and the New York Daily News as the Best New Book in 2012. Fragile was selected Good Morning America as one of the best summer reads while Beautiful Lies was selected as the International Book of the Month by Doubleday book club.

Lisa Unger Best Books

Beautiful Lies is one of the best performing books by Lisa Unger. Unlike a majority of the inhabitants of NYC, Ridley Jones cannot simply think of anything else that she can do with her life. She appears to be completely content. She was raised in a home with both parents, lovers her exceedingly small apartment and she does what she loves, writing freelance articles for different magazines such as the Vanity Fair. However, her life is not perfect. Ridley has a brother who is struggling with drugs and many of the times; she cannot find him easily. However, irrespective of everything, Ridley Jones is extremely happy.

On one fine morning, everything begins to change as she goes on to meet one of her former boyfriends. Ridley sees a toddler walking towards the incoming traffic. Without hesitating, she dives and saves the little boy’s life. As luck would have it, a proffesional photographer was nearby hence caught the whole incidence of the camera. On the following day, Ridley’s photo was all over the newspaper throughout the country. Later on, she receives a note asking, ‘Are you My Child?’, together with the picture of a woman and man who look exactly like Ridley.

A headline is also included explaining that the woman in the photo was found dead while the little girl in the picture was missing. Upon receiving the note, Ridley begins to wonder why would her family keep such a big secret from her. As she begins to find answers, Ridley becomes afraid of what she may find. Furthermore, also someone seems to be stopping her from finding the truth. With that said, this is an exceedingly suspenseful tale, which will keep you guessing to the very end.

Fragile is also another great read by the author that has also performed extremely well. This is an exceedingly slow, well-developed and character driven tale that to some extent feels like a psychological analysis of a small town dynamics and family relationship with a plot that is thrown in for good measure. The storyline is exceedingly intriguing, complex in nature and multi-layered. This story tells the story of a missing girl who is separated from her family for many years. This book is filled with a dizzying array of characters. Charlene leaves her home, and everyone in the city believes that she is a runaway. All in all, the characters in this book have been well developed; the plot is extremely brilliant with more than enough twists which will keep you turning the pages.

  • InDaBookClub

    I first heard of Lisa Unger from the Hollows series and was surprised to see just how many books she has written. The best word I can use to describe the Hollows series is “unsettling”. This is not a kind world and the suspense is thick at times. After finish the three that are out there, I decided to check in on some other Lisa Unger books.

    I’ve started with the Lydia Strong series and I am quite impressed. This woman knows how to write thrillers and you really get a sense that there is a lot more going on beyond what you read. I like what I’ve seen so far and I’ll continue to work through her catalog.