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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  5,040 ratings  ·  863 reviews
A Goodreads Choice Awards (2014) Nominee for Best Book, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Suspense Magazine Best Books of 2014, Sun Sentinel Best Mystery Novels of 2014 and Indie Next Pick!

Liar, liar, pants on fire . . . College senior Lana Granger has told so many lies about her past that the truth seems like a distant, cloudy nightmare. But she meets her match when she begi
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Touchstone (first published 2014)
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Delee
This is available TODAY!!!

Oh how I love Lisa Unger and her fictional little world in "The Hollows"-where many of her stories take place. Having read five of her books so far, IN THE BLOOD is definitely my favorite!

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Lana Granger is hiding from her past. She was a troubled child- whose world took an even darker turn when her father killed her mother. With her mother dead and her father on death row, she was raised by her aunt in Florida, but Lana never felt like she fit in her aunt's perfect family
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Robert
Is evil predetermined genetically, or is it based on environment and upbringing? IN THE BLOOD attempts to answer this question, and I can state rather emphatically that my mind might never be the same again. The mental mind trip left me in a cold sweat, and there’s a chance I may now be prone to night terrors. If I wake up screaming, though, I’ll only have myself to blame, as I attempt to pound through the pain.

The plot moved along at a slow simmer with some rather unexpected twists and turns, a
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Noeleen
This was my first time to read a book by Lisa Unger. I'm not sure at this stage if I will read any more. I thought this really started off very well, suspenseful, thrilling, creepy, a good haunting atmospheric setting, lots of twists and turns, unreliable and disturbed characters, basically all the good ingredients of a real page turner, and it was...until I got to about 80%. Up to this point, I was sure that this book was deserving of four stars as I had a really hard time putting it down. Unfo ...more
Carol
Lies, lies and more lies! Had to stay up late to finish this one. Once I got to the final creepy graveyard scene, there was no putting it down. This "PSYCHO" mystery-thriller has a unique plot and a surprising twist or two that made for a fast and addictive one day read for me. Enjoyed it.
Dem
3.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this suspenseful and exciting psychological thriller by Lisa Unger. This is my first novel by this author and she really had me turning the pages with the twist and turns in this story.

At 417 pages the the novel is a perfect length for a thriller in my opinion and edgy enough to stand out from other thrillers doing the rounds.

I don't read a lot of thrillers and when I do this is the exact type of book I am interested in, it is dark and haunting and has lots of twists
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Patrice Hoffman
This is not my first rodeo with Lisa Unger but In the Blood is definitely my favorite. The titles I've read Black Out and Beautiful Lies pale in comparison to this title. I'm all for a good psychological thriller and In the Blood definitely fit the bill.

Lana Granger is college student who's soon to be graduating. Because of her focus in psychology she volunteers at a school for troubled children named Fieldcrest. It is here her professor shows her a posting for a job as a nanny. He convinces her
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Diane S.
There is absolutely no question that this author has gotten the recipe down for outstanding thrillers and mysteries. This one is no exception, twists and turns galore, a few I did not guess until just before the reveal. Interesting, actually very interesting and complex characters and a very unique setting which she has used before, "The Hollows."

Of course there is the little cynic in me that kept thinking this was an updated version of the novel and movie, "The Bad Seed" and had to laugh when n
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Matt
The best thing about In the Blood is the ominous mood it occasionally captures. Unfortunately, the first-person narrator is a bit of a whiner, prone to asking herself plot-centric questions over and over and over again, to the point that it becomes silly. Here's a short paragraph from page 212 of the ARC to illustrate her annoying habit:

"I got dressed swiftly and walked into the living area. What did he mean, time was running out? What had he seen that night? Who had he told? Did he know where B
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Brenda
Lana Granger tried not to dwell on her past too much; the loss of her parents, while different, still had the end result of her being alone and lonely. Taken in by her Aunt Bridgette and cared for in a monetary manner by her lawyer, Skylar Lawrence, she knew she should be fine. But the state of her mind was the biggest issue – Dr Cooper was her true and only confidante as she worked her way through her studies at Sacred Heart College in The Hollows, New York.

The nearby Fieldcrest School was a p
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Diane
This book was so creepy and so fun at the same time. It made me remember how much I enjoy psychological thrillers. It has been awhile since I felt this drawn to a book. I didn't just want to keep reading. I HAD to keep reading to see what the next twist was going to be. Clues were constantly given, but in just the right amount that I kept formulating new theories with every chapter. I mostly figured the answers out just shortly before they were given. That is what made it so fun. The reader was ...more
Leanne
I sometimes avoid authors that have published multiple books within the same genre - probably a silly prejudice, but I've just found that the stories (particularly of the thriller/mystery variety) tend to become stale and formulaic.

If this was the case with Lisa Unger's IN THE BLOOD, I was blissfully unaware, because it's the first of her novels I'd picked up. And it was (happily) not predictable, or played out - instead, it was thrilling, and twisty - and of course, a little melodramatic, but w
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11811 (Eleven)
Oct 17, 2014 11811 (Eleven) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to 11811 (Eleven) by: Tina
Someone shelf this as horror, please. I'm not that organized.

This was a batshit crazy novel I highly recommend to horror fans who weren't aware of this gem, hiding under all that mystery thriller suspense crap.

This was horror or dark fiction at the very least. Horror fans in particular shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up. Fun stuff.
Michael
Lana is a college student, haunted by the death of her mother apparently at the hands of her father. After enduring a troubled childhood, dominated by behavioral issues and mental illness she endeavors to try and move on with her life. With the help of medication Lana is making something of her herself when an incident occurs that threatens to undo all her good work.

Lana's best friend Beck goes missing one night, bringing back memories of another friend who disappeared years earlier and was lat
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Paul Pessolano
“In The Blood” by Lisa Unger, published by Touchstone Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 07, 2014

If you are looking for a mystery/thriller that is full of twists and turns, Psychology, and when you think it is over there is still one more surprise put “In The Blood” on your January reading list.

How many times have we heard the term “In The Blood” to explain certain unnatural behaviors of people. The behavior may range anywhere from a little quirkiness to murder.

Lana Gra
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Liz Wilkins
Coming January from Touchstone (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK)

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley.

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 youn
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Laura
Great suspense novel. Not a book I would normally read, but very good. I figured out most of the pieces by the end of the book but that did not keep me from totally enjoying the book. It's a page turner and easy to get caught up in. Some things were a little far fetched, but I'm always interested in the whole "bad seed", nurture vs. nature scenario. I enjoyed and would highly recommend for a fast, nail-biting read.
Leslie
Jan 03, 2015 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Unger; If you enjoy mystery/suspense/thriller books
I know a book has gotten to me when it has the ability to make me feel stupid, making me feel that I should’ve seen that detail coming but didn’t. I don’t mind when this happens since it’s a reflection of how well the book was written and formulated. In the Blood was a unique mystery read that I was into from the very beginning.

This book carried a different tone to other mystery thrillers that I’ve read. A lot of that had to do with the writing of Lisa Unger. Her writing was different from some
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Dana
Jan 08, 2015 Dana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dana by: Good Readers
From the first chapter, which was terrifying, to the final word, CHECKMATE, I could not put this book down. I was drawn to every chapter. There were so many jaw dropping moments throughout the book I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Lana Granger lives a life of lies and has told so many lies she can't recall them all. Who is Lana Granger? Who killed her mother? Who is Langdon? Who is Rachel? What happened to Beck? Did Lana kill Beck and then proceed to lock it deep inside h ...more
Sue
I wish to thank the author and publisher for the review copy of "In the Blood" by Lisa Unger via Netgalley. I have to admit that I was so impressed with this excellent dark psychological suspense thriller. This novel has it all, and had me gripped right from the beginning.

"It was all a game...and he had won. He had exposed her secrets."

Lana Granger lives a life of lies...what web of lies we weave! She had come from a dysfunctional family, with her mother murdered and her father in prison charged
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Lisa Unger's latest psychological thriller has the reader questioning if sociopaths and psychopaths made or born? Can they be helped, can they live normal lives, or will they always pose a threat to others?

The narrative alternates between the first person of college student Lana Granger and the diary entries of an unnamed woman. Lana is an enigmatic protagonist. Unger gives us glimpses of her tragic past, and its effects on the person she has become while hinting there is something more we don'
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Phrynne
I think this is a pretty amazing book. It had me second guessing everything all the way through and then when I got to the end I found I had made several majorly wrong assumptions. I almost need to read the whole thing again knowing what I know now! This is my first book by this author and I will certainly be seeking out more.
Wendy
Lisa Unger is one of my favorite authors and "In The Blood" one of my favorites of her novels so far.
Suspense filled from the first page to the last with many thrilling plot twists and turns.
Lana Granger, a psychology student, takes a part-time job caring for Luke, a deeply disturbed 11 year old boy. With Lana's mysterious and tormented past the cat and mouse game Luke insists they play as well as the sudden disappearance of Lana's friend Beck are the basis for this story that is difficult to pu
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Stacy Green
This book was amazing! Excellent mystery and character development. Unger created chilling characters and does a great job of making the reader question everything that's going on.
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I've read this book months ago, but believe me I simply couldn't bring myself to write a review. NO, it's not because I'm lazy or that busy, but it's because...Man, how do you write a review for something SO FASCINATING? How do you bring into words all the fascination, all it's awesomeness, it's GREATNESS? I don't know about you, but I struggle with these reviews, because I always fear no matter how hard I t
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Susan
Lana Granger is a trust fund baby who has been studying for years, tucked away in a small college and a small town. Here, hidden away, secrets can be kept. However, it has been suggested to Lana that it would be a good idea to get a part time job and, Langdon Hewes, Lana’s student advisor, points out one particular position on the list of ‘easy jobs for over-privileged youth.’ Single mother, Rachel Kahn, is looking for a helper for her troubled son, Luke. Luke is attending Fieldcrest – a special ...more
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IN THE BLOOD
By Lisa Unger

“Leroy give me those shoes. I want those shoe,s they are mine!” Eight year old Rhoda Penmark screams at the top of her lungs to Leroy the janitor in her building, later that day she set him on fire while he sleeps. Those words resonate from THE BAD SEED by William March. The novel written in the 50’s was first a stage play then an over hyped bad movie. The tag line on the movie poster stated NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE THEATER DURING THE LAST 5 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE!!!
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Lauren Henderson
I received a pre-release copy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley.

This is the first I have read of Lisa Unger, but do not worry I will be reading more.

In the Blood is about Lana Granger, a deep deep character who reveals herself, the good and the bad, gradually throughout the book and keeps you wanting more. The book begins with her as a child hiding under her bed after coming home to find her mom dead and her dad making her help him bury her. From there, the story skips to th
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Lisa B.
Lana Granger has a secret and has spent many years trying to keep it hidden. The question - just who is Lana and what will one person do to keep her past from being discovered?

Whoo doggie - this was excellent. My first read from this author and I’m hear to tell you, I will not hesitate to read more of her writing. I loved the suspense and couldn’t read fast enough to find out what Lana’s story was about. I must add - the ending - spot on!

Many thanks to Touchstone, via Netgalley, for allowing me
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Barbara
3.5 stars. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe this thriller. I read it in 2 days; I couldn’t put it down. It’s written in first person narrative, (the unreliable narrator), Lana Granger. We learn quickly that Lana is a trauma survivor, her mother is dead, and she is a compulsive liar (by her own admission). When her best friend goes missing, she becomes a suspect. Unger provides little pieces of information to Lana’s past, keeping the reader riveted. It’s never clear who Lana is, and why she feel ...more
Natalie
In the Blood is my first real exposure to Lisa Unger. I’ve heard her name mentioned before and she’s very popular in our system, but I’d never gotten around to reading anything by her (or the other seven thousand authors my patrons tell me I need to read). In the Blood is the story of Lana Granger, a girl trying her very best to hide from the many secrets of her past. For the last few years, Lana has hidden herself away at Sacred Heart College in The Hollows, New York. She hopes to find anonymit ...more
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