Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger.
About the Author
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 16 novels. Her books are published in 26 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.
About the book
You committed the perfect crime. But someone knows the truth.
You followed the trial obsessively. Knew the evidence, alibis, and witnesses inside out. You know they’re guilty and can’t believe they got away with it. But where judge and jury failed, someone is determined to see justice done.
Rain Winter left journalism behind to focus on her baby daughter. But when a man acquitted for murder is killed, in the same way as his suspected victims, Rain sees a pattern emerging between a series of cold cases.
Meticulous and untraceable, this killer strikes in the dead of night, making sure that the guilty are suitably punished for their crimes.
As Rain’s investigation deepens, she must face up to dark secrets in her own past and the realisation that the killer may be closer than she thinks…
This is Unger’s best crime story so far. It is crime and suspense par excellence. Unger plays with the concept of guilt, fear, revenge and justice in a way that makes the most peace-loving among us yearn for the chance to rid the world of a bit of evil.
Rain is a survivor. Rain is a loving mother and wife, but Rain is also guilty. She is guilty of letting her friends face a fate worse than death, and indeed for one it does end with death. It’s a past she has hidden away in the recesses of her mind.
Many years after the incident that changed her life forever she finally seems to be at peace. It has taken her a while to build a successful career as a journalist – her baby hiatus is interrupted when someone commits a vigilante killing. Much like the way her own tormentor came to his end.
It awakens a need to dig. A deep urgent need to examine the truth, both her truth and the truth as her friend sees it. Is she really to blame? Someone certainly thinks so. She is the reason two of them experienced hell on earth and why one of them is dead.
I found it both intriguing and admirable how the author manages to write a psychological thriller with this amount of tension and the incredibly violent nature of the crimes without actually going into detail. There are no superfluous scenes of depravity – in fact Unger proves you can do it in such a suggestive way that your imagination fills in the blanks. A far worse scenario and perfect way to awaken hidden fears, as far as I am concerned.
It’s a gripping psychological thriller, a crime that will make you wonder where your own boundaries are. Unger takes a close uncomfortable look at survivor’s guilt, at the way our criminal and justice system fails the victims, and at just how many loopholes there are in systems that are supposed to keep children safe. It is a spectacularly riveting read, and it will be going on my best crime reads of the year list.