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Crazy Love You

(The Hollows #4)

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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  4,554 ratings  ·  625 reviews
A Best Book of the Year (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

This "sinister thriller" (The Washington Post) from bestselling author Lisa Unger, "one of the brightest stars in the game," (Dennis Lehane) is "mesmerizing and unnerving from its first pages to its stunner of an ending." (Megan Abbott, author of The Fever)

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even
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Hardcover, 338 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Touchstone (first published 2014)
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Bookschatter If you are into supernatural suspense - yes.
However, I strongly suggest you first read the Whispers trilogy e-novella (The Whispers, The Burning Girl,…more
If you are into supernatural suspense - yes.
However, I strongly suggest you first read the Whispers trilogy e-novella (The Whispers, The Burning Girl, The Three Sisters. Read them in that order.
Crazy Love You will have a fuller meaning and events will be clearer once you have that background.

Lisa Unger's writing style is engaging and easy to read.(less)
Karen I think that since they moved back to the Hollows, their child will end up being able to see and hear the voices.

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Phrynne
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book and certainly had no difficulty in finishing it but it somehow missed the mark for me. I am usually a fan of the supernatural but in this particular book I felt I wanted something more solid and real. As a result I felt cheated by the ending and felt the author could have made Priss much more dangerous and scary if she had taken the character into a different direction. I did enjoy the way the author leads the reader in circles all through the book. It is hard to be ...more
Beth
The first two-thirds of CRAZY LOVE YOU is a five-star book, the best kind, the kind that is unputdownable.

Ian writes and illustrates graphic novels (a fancy term for "comic books"). As an adult, he's in better shape, but he grew up as an overweight sissy. His mother is confined to a mental hospital because of a horrible crime she committed when Ian was a child, a crime that almost involved him. For these reasons, he grows up with anger management problems and still has them even now.

Priss
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Heather
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I certainly won’t be enjoying any adventure walks in the woods anytime soon! Good grief! This one was super mind bending and terrifyingly good!



Michael
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ian Paine has had a lot to deal with in his life. As an overweight child, he would be constantly bullied by kids at school and was to scared to stand up for himself. Ian's family would also fall apart after his younger sisters death. After that his mums mental health would deteriorate and his only escape would be to go into the nearby woods to spend time with his only friend, Priss. To start of there relationship was like all other children with lots of playing and fun times. That soon changed ...more
Julie
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger is a 2015 Touchstone publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, Lisa Unger really knows how to weave a twisted tale doesn't she? I'm still coming out of my book coma after finishing this one.

Ian Paine is doing pretty well for himself. He is a graphic novelist, making an above average salary, rents a loft in New York and could have his work optioned for the big screen To put the cherry on the
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Wendy
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book was everything that I love about Lisa Unger's novels. I don't ever remember being disappointed in anything that she has ever written but the ending of this book was really disappointing. Although I wasn't happy with it it's not going to stop me from reading her next novel.
Carolyn
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
Ian Paine is a successful author of graphic comic novels. Life is good, he is wealthy, lives in a cool apartment in New York and has met Megan, the girl of his dreams. But life wasn't always so good for Ian. As a child he was the weird fat boy who everyone shunned and bullied. With a troubled family life and no friends, he spent a lot of time on his own, out in the woods around his home. One day he met a young girl Priss, who played with him and became his friend. She was always there when he ...more
Veronica ⭐️
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
At a time in Ian’s life when he was drowning in anger and sorrow he met Priss, a young girl his own age who always seemed to be running freely around the woods.
Priss was always there when he needed someone to talk to, someone to look after him.
He was weak, she was strong. She wouldn’t let anyone hurt him. Ian's life had been full of drugs and run-ins with the law but now that he had grown up, changed, he had come to the realisation that Priss was what was messing him up. He had fallen in love
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Paul
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Crazy Love You – It Gets Under Your Skin

Lisa Unger returns with Crazy Love You which is without doubt a well written psychological thriller that takes you on an interesting journey while questioning your own sanity. The way Unger has written Crazy Love You it gets under your skin, you just devour the pages to see whether you were correct that is pulsating from beginning to end. To me this is a slight departure from her previous work but it is a fantastic detour such a taut thriller that keeps
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JudiAnne
Young Ian lives with his family in a small town in Upstate New York and heis called Fatboy by his schoolmates. He is bullied and tormented and his only solace is to run to the woods where he can feel safe. It is there he meets Priss and they become best friends. She sets out to get revenge on the boys that are tormenting Ian. She is his protector and he worships her.

Fast forward to present day Manhattan, NY. Ian has lost weight and has become a very handsome, self confident man. He is a
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Emily Bishop
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Michael
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unger
Ian is a troubled man who does not have good role models to look up to. According to him,his dad is masculine and frowns upon weak guys like him who has no backbone. While he feels that he should toughen up, everyone else feels justified in their abnormal ways. Adding insult to his injury, his mother is deceased and the only one that he feels connected with is Prissy. Prissy is a reckless girl who he should stay away from, her erratic behavior gets him in more trouble than usual. Whenever he is ...more
Brenda
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This book has left me befuddled. Was the protagonist really mentally ill? Was there a curse on the family through the generations? Were there supernatural happenings? I feel like I've lost touch with reality with this book. Maybe someone with an interest in comic books would like this, or understand this, more than I did.
Deborah
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s a case of life imitating art for Ian Paine. Or wait, should that be art imitating life?

Ian’s a successful graphic novelist with a series, Fatboy and Priss which is loosely based on his own life. Chubby as a child, 10 year old Ian was friendless until he met Priss. They became friends and Priss saw Ian through some rough times, including family tragedies.

Twenty years later Ian is a world away from his childhood home in The Hollows. His success has set him up in a trendy New York loft where
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is a book that will make your stomach turn flips as you read it. Unger kept me from trusting that anything would be okay in this book. Quite a journey.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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This book will have you twisted inside out trying to work out what is real and what is not.

A great psychological drama with characters that you will empathise with, sympathise with and be very wary of. As you read on and become involved in this drama you will start to doubt who is real …art is reflecting life a little too consistently mirroring chapters in Ian’s graphics books (or is it the other way round?) and this will have your head in a spin. This is a love story with delusions,
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Linda Strong
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I wish I could say this was a love story and stop there, but it's much, much more.

Ian meets Priss as a young child ... right after his mother kills his baby sister. Ian has always been a lonely child and when his mother is committed to an asylum, things become worse. He is teased and tormented at school, day after day.... until Priss makes them pay for hurting her new friend.

Ian soon learns that when Priss is unhappy ... terrible things happen.

When Ian meets Megan, Priss is not happy ...not
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Judy Collins
Wow, was it fun, fun, fun to catch up with Lisa Unger’s Fatboy and Priss, in this much awaited psychological thriller, CRAZY LOVE YOU--which I devoured in one day!

THE WHISPERS: If you have read the other titles leading up to the main attraction with teasers, introduced in the novellas--the writer, creator, and illustrator, Ian Paine. He is now a successful graphic novelist, with a famous comic series featuring characters: Fatboy and Priss.

In his popular series, Fatboy is fat, a nerd, and a
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☕️Kimberly
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ian Paine had a painful childhood growing up in the Hollows, a small rural town in Upstate New York. He found solace with his friend Priss and his love ofcomic books. Bullied and accused of crimes he did not commit he sought escape toNew York City. He becomes a successful graphic novelist and through it all Priss remains his friend and confidant. Priss has a whirlwind personality filled with booze, drugs and sex. She is very protective of Ian, and their relationship is quite toxic. Ian is ...more
Rosanna Leo
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was a really good read, one that left me conflicted but in a good way. I found that, even though protagonist Ian has a horrible childhood, I found it hard to muster up sympathy for Ian the man. I wanted him to smarten up, man up and move on. However, he's a broken spirit and his journey is a difficult one. I felt I'd figured out the riddle of Priss early on, but the author weaves in so much suspense you are happy to go along for the ride. Will Ian confront his demons? Will he be able ...more
Laura
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookshelf
I'm having a hard time rating this book, to be honest. I was thinking about rounding up from 3.5 to 4 stars but I'm feeling less than enthusiastic about the ending.

It is worth mentioning that there was an interesting focus on inner vs outer demons that captured and held my attention throughout the book.
11811 (Eleven)
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was a little bored with this one from start to finish. Solid writing but I didn't care for the story. I was underwhelmed after giving five stars to her last book, In the Blood.
Kathy
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Crazy good !! Lisa Ungers best yet.
Chava
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's a bit of hit and miss for me with The Whisper series. I actually quite like Lisa Unger's books, but this was a total miss for me. It couldn't keep my attention for too long and I found myself day dreaming away while listening to the audiobook.
Sam Still Reading
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who love psychological thrillers
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: liked In the Blood
I know a lot of people really like Lisa Unger’s books. I’m partial to the odd psychological thriller myself. I read In the Blood last year and thought it had some clever, creepy moments. So I thought I’d try her latest book, Crazy Love You to see what kind of twisted journey I could be transported on. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. While the book’s plot moves at a breakneck speed, I guessed the twist early on and I kept reading, hoping to be surprised by a blind turn or a subtle piece of ...more
Bookschatter
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed
Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger is an intriguing and taut psychological suspense narrated from the point of view of Ian, a man witha lot of baggage from his past.

I devoured each page, and although I had worked things out when I was just ten per cent into the story, this just added to my excitement and eagerness to read on.

I think that if I had just picked up this book, without having read a previous piece, I would have had a completely different take on the events being presented to me, which may
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Kari
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've had Crazy Love You on my TBR list for a while. I'm regretting waiting over a year to read the book. because really enjoyed it. The story-line ended up going in a completely different direction than I thought is was going. The main character in the story has ties with The Hollows, a small town with secrets and ghosts. Ian is a graphic novelist living in New York City. His best friend Priss is a bad seed who always gets him into trouble. His drug addition doesn't help matters. When he meets ...more
Kimberli Galvez
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
move over Steven king... this book is mind blowing and will have you reading until late at night. I give this one 10 stars.
Jessica
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Hauntingly-Great-Stars!
This book proves that you don't need fancy covers, endless sex scenes or cursing to be a good; a really good book. Give me a good story with a captivating plot any day of the week and you'll see me smiling while reading.

Crazy love you puts all other books to shame. They can't compare to the mix of heart, suspense & horror in this compulsively addictive story.

I loved everything from the characters to the flow of the story. Every character had personality and was
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Carol
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read many of Lisa Unger's books and have always found them to be, while not physiological thrillers, at least a fairly good mystery...not so much this one. I didn't hate the book but this author has done so much better. I really didn't like either of the main characters so I really didn't care very much about what happened to them. It was also difficult to figure out what was real and what imagination. The jumping back and forth between two time periods was also difficult. I did enjoy the ...more
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Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE. With millions of readers worldwide and novels published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The ...more

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The Hollows (6 books)
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“Never forget those first five minutes, when you thought how much you loved each other was the only thing that mattered. Because in truth it is the only thing that matters. That love is what gets you through all the other stuff.” 2 likes
“Honestly, I tried not to think about my sister much. Or my mother. I have been guilty of doing what it takes to bury most of my memories when it comes to that- from junk food to booze to drugs, there are few poisons with which I haven't experimented. I've found a million ways to keep the demons in a comfortable, quiet stupor, lazing around on my inner couches.” 1 likes
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