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Review: In the Blood

April 24, 2014

In the Blood

At the advice of her college adviser, child psychology major Lana Granger gets a job babysitting eleven year old Luke.  Luke is extremely intelligent and difficult to handle but Lana doesn’t mind, since she’s got quite a past of her own – murder seems to run in her family.  Her grandfather was a killer and her father killed her own mother.   Lana’s previous roommate has disappeared and many people think Lana murdered her.

Things start out well with Luke and Lana but Luke quickly starts to manipulate things and it looks like Lana might be in a situation even she can’t handle.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger is a dark, twisted psychological thriller.  The book drew me in quickly and it didn’t take me long to figure out that Lana is an unreliable narrator so I began to question everything I read.  The story took a few strange turns that left me confused for a little while but there was so much tension in the story I had to know how things turned out.  Things came together for me, but this is one book you must suspend disbelief in order to enjoy.

The storyline alternates between Lana and the diary of a young mother struggling to raise her disturbed son.  (Although she was never named I assumed it was Luke’s mother.)  The two fill in their backgrounds and readers learn just how disturbed Lana and Luke are and sense that something bad will happen.  It’s that looming sense of danger that had me reading as fast as I could.  I did find the ending a little odd and, in the end, liked the book a great deal, but didn’t love it as much as everyone else has.  If it sounds good to you, you should definitely give this January 2014 Indie Next Pick a try!

The audio version of In the Blood is narrated by Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxon and I thought they did a terrific job!  The audiobook is on 9 CDs and lasts approximately ten and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2014 5:56 am

    Hm…I wonder what’s going on there

  2. April 24, 2014 6:02 am

    I just read a psychological thriller and couldn’t put the book down. This one sounds like it might have a similar effect. Thanks for your interesting review.

  3. April 24, 2014 7:07 am

    Sounds perfect to be my next audiobook. I’m going to take a look at it.

  4. April 24, 2014 7:12 am

    Lana certainly sounds as if she could be a fruitcake! I bet this is full of twists and red herrings and the fact it kept you riveted despite some confusion was great

  5. April 24, 2014 7:45 am

    Psychological thrillers always scare me!

  6. April 24, 2014 10:16 am

    After finishing Defending Jacob, I need a little time before tackling another psychological thriller but will keep this in mind.

  7. April 24, 2014 10:56 am

    I haven’t read any of Lisa Unger’s mysteries. This one seems really interesting. I would like to read it.

  8. April 24, 2014 1:07 pm

    I really want to read this and even started it a couple months ago… I just am having a pick up/put back down sort of year.

  9. April 24, 2014 2:40 pm

    I love unreliable characters and have this one on my TBR list. Lisa Unger has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat even if you had to suspend belief a little.

  10. Patty permalink
    April 24, 2014 4:38 pm

    OMG…it sounds so good and I can’t even remember if I read it!

  11. April 24, 2014 6:36 pm

    I like Lisa’s books and have this one on my stacks.

  12. April 24, 2014 8:42 pm

    Love Unger and do plan to listen to this one as well. Glad u liked it Kathy.

  13. April 24, 2014 9:13 pm

    I would have been on the edge of my seat. This kind of book makes me want to know quickly what’s next!

  14. April 24, 2014 11:09 pm

    In the Blood sounds scary-good. But I don’t know how well I’d fare with an unreliable narrator. I kind of want an honest one.

  15. April 25, 2014 12:45 am

    I really enjoyed one of her previous thrillers, though I can’t remember the title for the life of me! This one is going on the to-read list.

  16. April 25, 2014 2:38 am

    I usually like psychological thrillers. I already have a copy of this in audio so I’ll be listening to it soon.

  17. April 25, 2014 11:05 am

    I love listening to books like this and Candace Thaxton is one of my favorite narrators.

  18. April 25, 2014 2:57 pm

    Wow! It’s like the book is messing with your mind! Very appealing to me for some reason!

  19. April 28, 2014 12:47 am

    Sounds a touch like that last one I read by her. Not sure I;m ready to head down that road again quite yet 🙂

  20. bookingmama permalink
    April 29, 2014 7:57 am

    I need to put this one on my phone. I like working out to psychological thrillers.

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