The Stranger Inside (Lisa Unger)


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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’m trying to really become a “true-crime” novel fan. Keyword: trying. I feel like if I can love the podcasts then I can love those same type of novels…right? Right???… *nervous laughter* So when The Stranger Inside was so kindly sent to me, I was truly excited to dive head first into this new-to-me genre.

The story-line wasn’t awful at all, I just didn’t love it. I’m not sure if it was just the timing of when I read the book or what but the pacing was a little slow at times and a lot of things started to become very repetitive. When this started happening– I ultimately felt like the author could have carved out some of the repetitiveness and really created a much stronger ending. Not a better one, just a stronger one.

With all of that being said, I really enjoyed the themes that were brought up in this story. From the legalities, the good, the bad, the forgiveness and all of the vindictive activities taking place, I really thought there were so many strong points all through the book. When this happens you get a lot to think about all throughout and I love when that happens.

Huge thank you to Harlequin for an early copy of this book. By reading it, I found some other books of this author that I think might be the perfect fit for me.

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