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Darkness, My Old Friend

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  3,736 Ratings  ·  448 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger returns to The Hollows in this "gripping psychological thriller" (Publishers Weekly) exploring matters of memory, sacrifice and faith.

After giving up his post at the Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He is having trouble facing a horrible event from his past and finding a second act. He's in therapy. Then
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Crown
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you like to sniff other people's emotional and psychological armpits, this book will probably work for you. Me? I'm letting it go after 170 pages. Lisa's good at pit-sniffing, if that's what you're into. I was expecting a mystery/thriller like her other books.

So, imagine a small town in the Northeast where NONE of the citizens are average and mostly boring like you and me. Absolutely everyone is screwed up, hiding secrets, trying to reconcile traumas from many years ago that they've all sudd
Jun 02, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hollows is a town where a lot of troubled people live married, singles policeman etc who have troubled pasts they cannot leave behind.

After giving up his post at the Hollows Police Dept Jones Cooper is having trouble facing a horrible event in his past. Theon on a brisk day in October he has a visitor Psychic Eloise Montgomery comes to him with predictions about his future some dire.

Michael Holt a young man who grew up in the Hollows has come back determined to find out the truth about his m
Aug 20, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
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I loved the author’s book Fragile, so was very excited to read another literary thriller from her. Unfortunately this book didn’t immediately engage me as the other had. It almost felt like it was written by someone else. As with Fragile, this book changes viewpoints but it just didn’t work for me this time. Maybe there were too many people or I had difficulty connecting with any one of them. I had the book with me at the hairdresser and she asked, “what’s it about?” and even though I’d been rea ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
Darkness My Old Friend
Author: Lisa Unger
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Darkness comes to many people in different ways. Some fear death and hope it will never come or overtake them quickly. Others dread going in a car, swimming in the ocean or just living life in general fearing that someone ominous or evil lurks and they are just waiting for it to come. Others like Jonas Cooper live life one second at a time hoping that nothing will take away what he already has yet leaving his position as a police offi
Susan Tunis
Mar 22, 2012 Susan Tunis rated it it was amazing
Lisa Unger’s second Hollows novel is stronger than the first

Readers first met Jones Cooper in Lisa Unger’s previous “Hollows” novel, Fragile. He was the police officer married to that novel’s protagonist, who resigned in disgrace over deeds from his past. When I reviewed Fragile, I had commented at the time that Maggie Cooper wasn’t a strong enough character to rest a novel upon. Jones, however, is.

As the novel opens, this man, still in the prime of his life, is at loose ends. He’s puttering ar
Sep 10, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
The Hollows, a rural town not far from The Big Apple, is populated by people who have lived there for generations. It's a quiet place, where the only danger comes from a patch of woods, where disused mine shafts and passages lie concealed under the ground. There's generally little drama, and folks still talk, 20 years later, about the disappearance of Marla Holt, a beautiful young wife and mother. While that event comprises the focal point of Darkness, My Old Friend, it's really a book about ab ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Karen rated it did not like it
If I could give this book no stars I would. It had way too many plotlines that didn't wrap up nicely at all. If I didn't HAVE to finish a book I would've stopped after the first chapter.
Darcia Helle
I like Lisa Unger's writing style, the flow of her sentences and the way she takes readers into the characters' heads, but I had problems with this book. First, I would not call this a stand-alone read. Darkness, My Old Friend is the follow-up to Fragile, which I did not read. And while many series books can be read as stand-alones, this is not one of them. The first half of the book in particular was frustrating for me because characters kept dwelling on issues and traumatic events in their pas ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
I'd give it 2.5 stars, if I could. I liked it, but at the same time, it was just okay......if that makes any sense!
Not one of my favourites I admit but I'm not the biggest fan of Jones. I do love reading about The Hollow and the families within it.

The story was good, I loved the mystery but wanted more from it. The other books set in the Hollow just gripped me that bit more.

I still rate Lisa's work highly though and she's definitely one of my favourite authors in 2016. 3.5 stars.
Susan Lundstrum
I really enjoyed listening to this book. So glad I found a new author I like. Im listening to Fragile ,the first book about The Hollows, Darkness My Old Friend was the second .
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 21, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it
I've long been a fan of Lisa Unger. When I read and reviewed Fragile last year, I said it was my favourite of her books so far. I was thrilled to find out that her latest book - Darkness, My Old Friend - reprises the town and characters from Fragile.

Jones Cooper, a former detective in the town of The Hollows, has retired and in now keeping himself busy by pet watching for vacationing homeowners, small home repairs and the like - a far cry from his former occupation.

He is visited one day by Elois
David Roth
Apr 11, 2012 David Roth rated it really liked it
I generally review local authors who are either self published, Indie Writers or published by small imprints. The common link between them is that in most cases, you probably never heard of them. There are exceptions of course, and this is one of them.

Clearwater author Lisa Unger is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been published in more than twenty-six countries around the world. Her newest mass market paperback is called Darkness, My Old Friend, e-ISBN 978-0-307-46519-1, 2
Aug 11, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
In DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND, Lisa Unger brings us back to The Hollows, the suburban New York town where FRAGILE was set. Many of the characters—including Jones and Maggie Cooper and their son Rick(y)—are also part of this new story, as are some we met only briefly in FRAGILE.

I don’t often specifically recommend reading series books in order, because I find that with authors I enjoy, they write so that each of their stories can stand alone as well. This is absolutely true of both FRAGILE and DARKN
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
What is it about small remote towns that makes them such excellent backdrops for thrillers and mysteries? In this case it's the ability of Lisa Unger to craft fantastic stories centering around interesting and three dimensional characters.

While not really a sequel to Fragile, Darkness does follow the 'further adventures' of Jones Cooper, recently retired Hollows police detective. It features some characters that played smaller parts in Fragile, namely Eloise Montgomery, local reclusive psychic.

Apr 07, 2012 John rated it it was ok
This book was a disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed Fragile, which balanced domestic disappointments with a suspenseful thriller which even occasionally veered into horror territory. In Darkness, I felt that Unger focused too much on rather pedestrian domestic issues (problems with the teenage daughter, problems with the empty nest and between the empty nesters, etc.) I respect that I probably don't fit the average Unger reader's demographic and that part of her charm may well be the way she re ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Jacqui rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I recently had the pleasure of previewing an advanced copy of Darkness My Old Friend by Lisa Unger (Crown 2011). This is the first novel from Ms. Unger I have read and will not be my last. Ms. Unger has characters galore throughout the novel but cleverly weaves them together for a very exciting, although somewhat predictable ending. If one is looking for good beach reading material this will certainly qualify.

The story begins with a mother (this character is also an author of some renown) and he
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The second in Lisa Unger’s The Hollows series, “Darkness, My Old Friend” takes up about a year after the end of the prior novel, “Fragile.” I really appreciate the care author Unger takes to let this novel be a stand-alone, if necessary. Yes, there are references interspersed to earlier events, but they don’t ever belabor the point; instead, the reader is welcome to read the earlier novel, or not, without feeling that “all has been told.” I myself had just read “Fragile” and followed it with “Da ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
I found the second half of this book to be much better than the first. The first half limped along, with no action, and a lot of setting the stage, back and forth between the multitude of characters and their story lines. I had read Fragile (and liked it), but I have since ready MANY books since then and could not remember the details. Even reading the reviews on Goodreads again, I couldn't pull to the front of my mind the ending of that book. I kept waiting for Unger to fill me in on the detail ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
Some of Lisa Unger's books are very good, others are not. This is in the latter category. There are numerous small stories that come together at the end but are confusing when she jumps around. Jones Cooper is a retired police officer getting slowly bored by house chores and helping out neighbors. When he is asked to locate a woman, he jumps at the chance. Michael Holt is a disturbed young man who has returned to the home of his deceased father to put the house up for sale. He asks the police to ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Great, suspenseful book. I sank into its world and didn't put it down once. It kind of reminded me of Odd Thomas with the mix of the psychic and retired cop gone "private investigator", which was a plus, definitely. The chapters indicated point-of-view switches, so it was confusing at first to remember who was who, and there were a lot of complex connections between the characters, so taking notes would be recommended unless you want to just work it out at the end. Overall, fantastic and highly ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 19, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
Four threads tie together in this psychological susapense novel. Elois the psychic from Unger's previous novel Fragile. plays a prominent role in this one and she is a character that I find very interesting. Also Jones Cooper attempts to find a new phase in his life after leaving the police dept. and is of course embroiled in these story lines. Secrets, how the past affects the future and a young girl attmepting to come to terms with her new home and life are the main basis of this book.
Dawn Kunda
Dec 05, 2012 Dawn Kunda rated it really liked it
As the title states, the story is dark.
All characters have emotional issues. The story involves a cast of small town residents who apparently have little or no connection until the cold case of a supposedly missing woman is reopened. Secrets are revealed and a motive for murder is evident for more than one.
Apr 04, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok
This story was fairly interesting. But, it did not really shine for me. This author does not leave much to the imagination. The book dragged on explaining every last detail of what happened to every character. Lisa Unger is not for me.
Nov 30, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it
Interesting characters, a troubled young teen, a retired ex-cop, a psychic, a teacher. A long-missing mother and a current mother in trouble. Secrets abound and a great story unfolds.
Aug 11, 2016 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery, with trace of occult. Fun read
Feb 27, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 25, 2011 Peg rated it really liked it
another great "couldn't put it down" thriller from Lisa Unger.
Mar 29, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Lisa weaves a story together its amazing
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Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of fourteen novels, including her latest thriller INK AND BONE.

Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly,, Independent Booksellers, Milwaukee
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