SOMEONE KNOWS LANA’S SECRET—AND HE’S DYING TO TELL.
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 controlling 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 whereabouts 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.
I have been reading Lisa Unger novels for years. She is one of the best if not the the very best mystery/suspense writers that I have ever read. So it was a no brainer that I was going to read this book if I was able to get it for review. I received this in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This was one of the most intriguing and just totally involving books I have ever read. Not that it was just a mystery, but it was a powerfully told psychological, suspense read. Once you start reading this, it will be hard to put down, I promise you. The word gripping doesn’t begin to describe this book.
The main character, Lana, is a very unforgettable heroine. As a suspect in her college roommates’ disappearance, as a babysitter for a very strange and psychologically damaged young boy, as a survivor of horrific events in her past, and as a psychologically damaged person herself-all these things added to this characters’ mystique. Nothing cookie cutter about her character or any of the other characters in this book. Luke, the young boy, was just plain scary. I would have been gone almost as soon as I was hired to watch him, but Lana sticks it out.
This was a book that I really don’t think many people will figure out, not only the ending but so many other things as well. I thought I knew what was going on, and I partially knew a bit of it, but I was in for some surprising moments. I honestly didn’t see some of this coming at all. This is always a sign of a great mystery to me and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This is definitely not your every day mystery read. I can see this book possibly winning awards as I feel it is just that good-and different. It is definitely not typical. I have already read accolades about this book, the critics are all loving it.
What didn’t I like about this book? Nothing at all. It was a well written novel, with finely drawn characters and an interesting, intriguing plot. You can’t ask for more then that in a suspense novel. There’s some action and a bit of romance, but the mystery was the star of this book.
Who would I recommend this book to? Anyone that loves good psychological suspense with surprise twists and turns. Mystery lover? You need to read this!