The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger

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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?

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Available Tomorrow – September 17, 2019!

Lisa Unger’s novels have been hit or miss for me. In the Blood was the first novel of hers that I had read and I loved it. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find another one of her novels that measures up to that first read. The Stranger Inside is a middle read for me. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

The novel follows 2 characters that have been impacted by a childhood trauma. In ways they have moved on with their lives, but in many ways they are still stuck in the past. At times, I did get bored as the middle part did drag for quite a bit. I was tired of the characters’ inter monologue and was hoping for a bit more action.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I liked it, but there wasn’t enough going on in the plot to keep my attention.

Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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