In the Blood (Hardcover)

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Lana Granger has lied her entire life about who she is and where she comes from. She has blocked out so many details of her troubled past that it’s hard to recall everything. About to graduate from college, she takes on a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke who knows how to manipulate every adult in his life. Lana is determined not to let him manipulate her, but he’s extremely smart and calculating. When Lana’s best friend Beck disappears from campus, Lana’s carefully controlled life begins to unravel as police and friends question her. She will do anything to keep her secrets buried, but someone is determined to expose her for the liar she really is. This is a creepy and disturbing psychological thriller that kept me awake for many nights.

– Sarah

— From Sarah Chen

January 2014 Indie Next List

“Unger's taut prose, flawed characters, and very unreliable narrator will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last. Lana Granger has deep, dark secrets that she would like to keep hidden, but it seems that somebody wants to expose her. Thrills, chills, and too many suspects to count, this book has it all!”
— Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY


In the Blood is the Lisa Unger novel we've all been waiting for--and a return to the dark psychological suspense that made Beautiful Lies a bestseller around the world.


LANA GRANGER LIVES A LIFE OF LIES. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can't quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to control-ling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?

When Lana's closest friend, Beck, mysteriously disappears, Lana resumes her lying ways--to friends, to the police, to herself. The police have a lot of questions for Lana when the story about her where-abouts the night Beck disappeared doesn't jibe with eyewitness accounts. Lana will do anything to hide the truth, but it might not be enough to keep her ominous secrets buried: someone else knows about Lana's lies. And he's dying to tell.

Lisa Unger's writing has been hailed as "sensa-tional" (Publishers Weekly) and "sophisticated" (New York Daily News), with "gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose" (Associated Press). Masterfully suspenseful, finely crafted, and written with a no-holds-barred raw power, In the Blood is Unger at her best.

Praise For…

“In The Blood may be [Unger's] best one yet. . . . Keeps the shocks and twists coming at a breakneck


- Tampa Bay Tribune

“Always scary…Unger neatly distorts our perceptions, so there’s no telling what is what. Well done.”

- New York Daily News

“A riveting chess match of twists will keep you guessing—and keep you up at night.”

- Family Circle

“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

"[A] gripping novel of psychological suspense. . . [with a] tense, surprise-laden plot."

- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Nothing is what it seems as Unger pulls off some beautiful surprises in this intriguing thriller. . . .

Masterfully told."

- Associated Press

"This fast-moving book is a rollercoaster thrill ride, withholding crucial facts and then pounding you with

them as the chapters wind down. It’s a quick, adrenaline-filled read with a slam-bang climax. Unger’s skill

with words, combined with a pace that never lets up, is guaranteed to keep the pages turning long past

the midnight hour."

- Bookpage

“Unger is a compelling storyteller whose tales rest on human frailty. . . . She makes it impossible to stop


- The Charlotte Observer

“The brisk plot churns.”

- Sun Sentinel

“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, author of Death Angel

"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, author of The Demonologist

"Unger's latest offering is full of engaging twists and turns. . . . Skillfully keeps the reader guessing. . .

Fans of mystery and psychological suspense. . . will be delighted with this imaginative story."

- Library Journal

“Stellar... Heartbroken should be on everyone’s summer to-read list. For best results, read it alone on an

island on a dark and stormy night.”

- USA Today (4 stars) on Heartbroken

“Heartbroken has all the makings of a high-wire thriller. But it's the twisted psyches of its main characters

that really unsettle.”

- People (3 ½ stars) on Heartbroken

“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 on Darkness, My Old Friend

“A nail-biting, nuanced whodunit."

- People on Fragile

“Riveting psychological suspense of the first order. If you haven’t yet experienced Lisa Unger, what are

you waiting for?”

- Harlan Coben on Black Out

“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


- Tess Gerritsen on Black Out

“Unger’s latest keeps the adrenaline pumping with a roller-coaster plot and harrowing psychological

suspense. … Well worth the ride.”

- People on Black Out

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

- Lee Child on Beautiful Lies

“Perfect pitch, characters we can recognize as versions of ourselves, a plot in which a vague sense of

suspense almost instantly appears and then grows with the speed of a waterslide. … Lip-smacking good.”

- Chicago Tribune on Beautiful Lies
Product Details
ISBN: 9781451691177
ISBN-10: 1451691173
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English