Ink and Bone (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Lisa Unger

Touchstone, 9781501101649, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

List Price: 24.99*
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Description

“An instant page-turner” (Lisa Gardner) that straddles the line between thriller and horror...“sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, including Stephen King fans” (Booklist, starred review). A young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl's disappearance.

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams she has never been able to control or understand, Finley is terrified by the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle—and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices—she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.


About the Author

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Florida. Visit LisaUnger.com.


Praise For Ink and Bone: A Novel

Ink and Bone is like The Sixth Sense on steroidsa dark, dazzling tale in which the light manages to shine through on things that really do go bump in the night." The Providence Journal
 
"Lisa Unger is building a sense of place for The Hollows that rivals Stephen King's Castle Rock for continuity and creepiness." —The News & Observer

"I experienced something pleasantly heartbreaking while reading Ink and Bone, Lisa Unger's latest mystery-thriller. This horrific, fast-paced novel succeeded in drawing me in by taking possession of my senses and controlling the emotions I thought were mine. Literally... a true nail-biter." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Unger makes the spectral realistic because anything can happen in The Hollows, and does. In her storytelling, the supernatural jump starts a story about fragile families seeking peace and fulfillment.... Without over violence, Unger delivers a frighteningly real villain who is able to hide in plain sight. Ink and Bone is a welcomed return to the haunting The Hollows." —Sun Sentinel

"A gut-wrenching tale of horror and mystery.... Strong characters and stellar writing make this a wonderful mix of small-town life with the supernatural." —Associated Press

"Unger builds the tension to high intensity.... Little by little, the truth is revealed to Finley and to the reader—a dark side that winds through the Hollows like the long-abandoned mines that snake beneath its surface.... Ink and Bone takes the reader into dire places, but into the light as well. And Finley? My psychic vibes predict she'll be back." —Tampa Bay Times

“Those voices appear on the page, and without much prompting become the interesting, dimensional characters that make her books so thrilling.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“For those who like intense psychological mystery at its best. Unger provides." —The Florida Times-Union

 "Lisa Unger has written the sort of novel that fans of Stephen King and Peter Straub used to eagerly anticipate. Many of her previous books have been dark, but this one is a full-fledged dive into the deep end of the horror pool. The result is an effective and unsettling supernatural tale that will leave you reeling." —Bookreporter.com

 "Lisa Unger takes you to dark places then shows you the light. The universe she has created in The Hollowsthe dead and the living, the haunted and the haunting, the lost and missingresonates so deeply, it’s a world I want to go back to again and again and am always a little heartbroken to leave. In Ink and Bone, we return to The Hollows once more, and Unger weaves a story that casts a captivating spell, and will leave you feeling haunted long after you turn the last page." —Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister

 "Engrossing, atmospheric, and fast-paced, for fans of dark and twisty psychological suspense, Lisa Unger's Ink and Bone is not to be missed." —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Most Wanted

"Instant page-turner! A race-against-the-clock thriller that brings together grieving families, small town secrets, and a troubled teen whose ghosts aren't just in her past." —Lisa GardnerNew York Times bestselling author of Find Her

"This is as chilling a tale as any the ingenious Lisa Unger has ever come up with. I've still got shivers!" —Robert Masello, #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Einstein Prophecy.

“Engrossing. . . the tension is palpable. Unger straddles the fine line between thriller and horror, making this a very exciting and riveting read, sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, including Kay Hooper or Stephen King fans."  —Booklist (starred review)

“Unger's beloved characters continue a deftly balanced story that's supernatural without a creepy aftertaste.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Bestselling author Lisa Unger knows a thing or two about building suspense, and she piles on the twists in her latest thriller, Ink and Bone." —BookPage

"From Harlan Coben to Lisa Scottoline to Lisa Gardner to the team here at Suspense Magazine, we all say that Lisa Unger should be on your bookshelf."  —Suspense Magazine

"Fans of the supernatural and psychological suspense will find this story entertaining." —Library Journal

Praise for Crazy Love You:
“Sharply drawn characters and occasional rest breaks of humor . . . Unger is adept at evoking the eerie, but she’s also capable of droll sociological commentary on the urban scene. . . . After reading Unger’s sinister thriller, anyone cavalier enough to think they can easily put the past to rest (and even live companionably with the dead) will think again.” —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

“Exhilarating and gut-wrenching . . . Proves to be complex and surprising in several ways, and Unger has a gift for telling a story with great characters while also manipulating the reader. . . . It’s crazy good.” —Associated Press

“At first I thought I knew where Unger was driving me, but then she slammed on the brakes, turned and drove me right off a cliff.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Nothing is what it seems in this creepy romance novel.” —The Oklahoman

“Manages to keep us guessing.” —Raleigh News & Observer

“An extraordinary psychological thriller . . . Manages to do an incredible amount of things, all of them well, including a truly unique romantic triangle and the blurred lines between unconditional friendship and romantic infatuation. . . . A simmering tale of romantic obsession and angst in the tradition of Body Heat or Fatal Attraction, laced with the noirish spirit of James M. Cain. Wonderfully crafted and beautifully executed.” —The Providence Journal

"Crazy Love You kept me reading like a madwoman, desperate to find out what happens next. This is a haunting, compulsive tale that will have you under its spell long after you've closed the book." —Tess Gerritsen, author of Die Again

“Unger’s skillful portrayal of complex and traumatized characters make her latest psychological thriller one that will keep readers engaged from start to finish. . . . This imaginative tale . . . may be the author’s best work yet.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Riveting . . . This is a complex, intricate story, yet the pages fly by as Ian, the most unreliable narrator since Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, leads us on a wild ride in this superb psychological thriller. Unger is at the top of her game here.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Darkly compelling psychological thriller.” Family Circle

"Scores another bull's eye with this one. Classic Unger and a surefire hit." —Kirkus Reviews

“Emotionally involving . . . Unger skillfully keeps the reader off kilter as she delves into the psyches of Priss and Ian.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Suspenseful . . . Will keep readers hooked." Publishers Weekly

“Crazy Love You ups the ante. Every time I thought I had a handle on what was really happening and why, [Unger] gave the plot another sly twist that left me scrambling to catch up. . . . Has enough supernatural elements to remind us of Stephen King territory.” —Tampa Bay Times

"Page-turning psychological suspense."—DuJour Magazine.com

“The psychological and paranormal dimensions of Crazy Love You are superbly drawn, endlessly fascinating and extremely frightening. The undertow of despair might not be safe for novice word-swimmers….A book so richly textured.”—Florida Weekly

“A deeply layered and finely textured novel about a special relationship that has taken a dark turn. It is a novel of obsession, unrequited love, loneliness and the rage that comes from not fitting in.”—BookReporter

"Mesmerizing and unnerving from its first pages to its stunner of an ending, Lisa Unger's Crazy Love You is a tale you won't soon forget." —Megan Abbott, author of The Fever

"When I tell you I could not put this book down, I mean I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!! It is dark and twisted and captivating and full of endless surprises. I promise you're in for a wild ride." —John Searles, author of Help for the Haunted and Strange But True

“With Crazy Love You, Lisa Unger has outdone herself. I’ve been a fan of hers for years but this is hands-down my favorite book she’s written. It has all the twists and turns we’ve come to expect from her, along with a delightfully unreliable narrator, and a psychological depth that is as poignant as it is shocking. People like to exaggerate claims of reading a book in a single sitting. I did—cover to cover without once rising from my chair. It’s that good.” —Gregg Hurwitz, author of Don't Look Back

“Unger pulls off a bravura feat. . . . Readers will … savor the pleasure of being guided by Unger’s sure hand along a deliciously twisted narrative path. Another scary winner from an accomplished pro.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for In the Blood:

In the Blood is an absolute corker of a thriller that cements Lisa Unger's status as one of the brightest stars in the game.” Dennis Lehane

"Reading In the Blood is like grabbing a live wire. . . . A shocking, unputdownable thriller." Karin Slaughter

"In the Blood is a riveting new thriller from Lisa Unger. Dark and haunting, with a deadly twist that you won't see coming 'til you're hit between the eyes, this book is a winner." —Linda Fairstein

"In the Blood is a psychological thriller that played me--in the best sense--from beginning to surprising end. I guarantee Lisa Unger will pull the rug out from under you more than once, so hold tight." Andrew Pyper

“Deeply plotted and complex and carries an undeniable momentum. Lisa Unger’s enthralling cast of characters pulled me right in and locked me down tight. This is one book that will have you racing to the last page, only to have you wishing the ride wasn’t over.” Michael Connelly

“A thrilling story that affects complicated and nuanced people. But it’s also a sensitive meditation on the very nature of family and community and the ties that bind us to one another.” Laura Lippman

“Riveting psychological suspense of the first order. If you haven’t yet experienced Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?” —Harlan Coben

“I read Black Out in one hungry gulp and spent the rest of the night trying to calm my jangled nerves. This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror — one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year!” —Tess Gerritsen

“Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle … The best nail-biter I have read for ages. Highly recommended.” —Lee Child