Lisa Unger Books

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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.

Order of Lydia Strong Series

1Angel Fire 2002Description / Buy
2The Darkness Gathers 2003Description / Buy
3Twice 2004Description / Buy
4Smoke 2005Description / Buy

Order of Ridley Jones Series

1Beautiful Lies 2006Description / Buy
2Sliver of Truth 2007Description / Buy

Order of The Hollows Series

1Fragile 2010Description / Buy
2Darkness, My Old Friend 2011Description / Buy
3In the Blood 2014Description / Buy
4Crazy Love You 2014Description / Buy
5Ink and Bone 2016Description / Buy

Order of House of Crows Series

1All My Darkest Impulses (Short Story) 2021Description / Buy
2Fog Descending (Short Story) 2021Description / Buy
3Circling the Drain (Short Story) 2021Description / Buy
4Love the Way You Lie (Short Story) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Dark Corners Series

1Hannah-Beast (Short Story) ( By: Jennifer McMahon) 2018Description / Buy
2The Sleep Tight Motel (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
3There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed (Short Story) ( By: Edgar Cantero) 2018Description / Buy
4Miao Dao ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2018Description / Buy
5The Tangled Woods (Short Story) ( By: Emily Raboteau) 2018Description / Buy
6The Remedy (Short Story) ( By: Adam Haslett) 2018Description / Buy
7Oak Avenue (Short Story) ( By: Brandi Reeds) 2018Description / Buy

Order of The Whispers Series

1The Whispers 2014Description / Buy
2The Burning Girl 2014Description / Buy
3The Three Sisters 2015Description / Buy
4The Whispering Hollows 2016Description / Buy

Order of Lisa Unger Standalone Novels

1Black Out 2008Description / Buy
2Die for You 2008Description / Buy
3Heartbroken 2012Description / Buy
4The Red Hunter 2017Description / Buy
5Under My Skin 2018Description / Buy
6The Stranger Inside 2019Description / Buy
7Confessions on the 7:45 2020Description / Buy
8Last Girl Ghosted 2021Description / Buy

Order of Hush Collection Series

1Treasure ( By: Oyinkan Braithwaite) 2020Description / Buy
2Snowflakes (Short Story) ( By: Ruth Ware) 2020Description / Buy
3Buried (Short Story) ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2020Description / Buy
4Let Her Be (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
5The Gift (Short Story) ( By: Alison Gaylin) 2020Description / Buy
6Slow Burner (Short Story) ( By: Laura Lippman) 2020Description / Buy

Lisa Unger Anthologies

1 Florida Heat Wave2010Description / Buy
2 Inherit the Dead2013Description / Buy
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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.

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 formula, 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 Milwaukee 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 Books Into TV/Movies

While a ton of Lisa Unger’s books have been optioned by studios in the past, most of those options simply expired without anything coming down the pipeline. This happens with book adaptations all the time. The closest that we got was probably Blackout which had director Tim Chick attached, but alas that one never quite made it over the hump.

However, Black Out was recently optioned by a TV studio and the people behind it have some serious resumes filled with success. Gary Felder (Kiss The Girls), Adam Targum (The Dead Zone), and Chris Silber (NCIS: New Orleans) are behind the project so this is one that they are going to try their best to get out there. Lisa Unger said that Gary has had the option for a number of years and continued to renew it, so there is definitely interest. This book would fit perfectly in today’s era of prestige television with more networks than ever looking to fill content hours.

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 book 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.

The Red Hunter: Like many of Unger’s books, this is a dark thriller filled with twists and turns. The subject matter is very adult and not for someone look for a light read. Two women on very different paths, one a victim of a horrifying assault and the other a survivor of murdered parents, end up on very similar paths in their quest to confront the monsters from their past. Unger asks the question, what is the difference between justice and revenge? and this book will have you questioning the answer for a long time afterwards.

When Does The Next Lisa Unger book come out?

The next book by Lisa Unger is Last Girl Ghosted and will be released on October, 5th 2021.

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  1. 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.

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