Fragile (Mass Market)

By Lisa Unger

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 9780307745262, 496pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/2/2010)
Paperback (5/17/2011)
Hardcover (8/3/2010)

List Price: 7.99*
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Maggie and Jones live with their teenage son, Rick, in The Hollows, a small town outside of New York City.  The cozy intimacy of the town is broken when Rick’s girlfriend, Charlene, mysteriously disappears.  The investigation has Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely and Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.  Maggie finds herself drawn in both as a trained psychologist and as a mother, walking a tightrope that threatens the stability of her family.  Determined to uncover the truth, Maggie pursues her own leads into Charlene’s disappearance and exposes a long-buried town secret—one that could destroy everything she holds dear.

About the Author

LISA UNGER is the New York Times bestselling author of  Die for You, Beautiful Lies, Sliver of Truth, and Black Out. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.

Praise For Fragile

“A nail-biting, nuanced whodunit.” —People 

“Intriguing, downright frightening. . . . [It] will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last sentence.” —Las Vegas Review-Journal

“A thrilling story that affects complicated and nuanced people. . . . Fragile delivers everything that Lisa Unger's readers have come to expect.” —Laura Lippman, author of I'd Know You Anywhere
“Unger keeps the energy level high . . . [and] the tension taut.” —Sun Sentinel

“If you're a fan of Jodi Picoult's family chronicle storytelling, you'll enjoy Fragile, too. . . . Unger balances nicely the suspense of her missing person story . . . with deeper sentiments.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“In the style of Jodi Picoult, Fragile tells its tale through the real-time action and freighted recollections of a diverse cast of characters.” —Boston Globe
“All of Unger’s characters in Fragile are keeping secrets, some of them truly dangerous. The ending is gripping, almost painful to read.” —Fredericksburg Freelance Star

“Unger skillfully builds suspense. . . . Much of the emotional weight and considerable tension of Fragile have to do with families.” —St. Petersburg Times
“[An] entertaining and extremely readable mystery.” —Florida Times-Union
“Lisa Unger brings this little town alive with flourish. . . . [She] has a rare talent for exploring the vast pallet of human emotions, and she wraps that talent around a highly intriguing story.” — 
“Unger specializes in thrillers involving family life, and she steps back from her suspense roots this time to tell a slow, simmering, tragic tale. Fans of authors like Jodi Picoult will want to read this one in a nice comfortable chair.” Associated Press