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Nominated for the 2019 Edgar Award, Hammett Prize, and Macavity Award
PopSugar’s Best Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in Fall 2018
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Park Row (first published September 24th 2018)
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Berit☀️✨
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
This book was one WILD and CRAZY RIDE!!!

This is the kind of book you need to finish in order two truly see the brilliance... The beginning of the book was like sifting through fog... nothing was clear, I was confused as to what exactly was going on... were these Poppy’s dreams? memories? delusions?? I was as confused if not more than Poppy and her drug and grief addled brain... but once the fog cleared I realized this was done by the author by design... fully immersing you in poppy’s tragic situ
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Kaceey
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Hypnagogia - the state between sleep and consciousness. Twilight. When you‘re dreaming...yet somewhat awake.

Poppy is a recent widow. Last year she lost her husband to a violent death. Her life since has been a series of breakdowns and desperate attempts at crawling back to a life she no longer recognizes.

The police have no clues why her husband Jack was targeted and killed. To make matters worse, she now has the feeling there’s a hooded figure following her. Is she also in danger? Or was Jack's
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Chelsea Humphrey
I'm a huge Lisa Unger fan, but this one just wasn't my favorite of her novels to date. I found myself a little confused in the first half; I had to go back to sections and double check what I had read which became tedious. It's quite possible I'm over the psychological thrillers that have a dream sequence plot, and that's on me. Not a bad read, but left me feeling underwhelmed in comparison to all the other novels by Unger that I've read. Full review to come closer to pub date.

*I received a revi
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Holly  B

I have enjoyed a few of Lisa Unger's novels and I was really looking forward to this one. This one is about Poppy, who is searching for her husband's killer.

It has been a year since her husband was murdered while on his morning jog, and Poppy is struggling to make sense of it. She is determined to get answers. As she dreams/has nightmares she can't seem to reconcile if they are actually "memories" of events that could be helpful in solving his murder. She is also downing sleeping pills that blu
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Debra
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"I wonder if anyone notices that I am a ghost in my life."

Poppy's husband, Jack, was murdered one year ago during his morning run in the park. After his funeral, Poppy disappeared. Her best friend and Mother were concerned and even more worried when Poppy showed up wearing a red dress, confused and with no memory as to where she was during those missing three days. Hospitalized with a "nervous breakdown", Poppy recovers but still does not have any memory of those lost days.

"What is read and wha
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Susanne  Strong
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
4 Stars.

A Crazy Compelling Psychological Thriller!

Poppy lost her husband Jack a year ago now - when he was murdered in what the police say was a random event, though they don’t have any answers as to what happened to him. Poppy, can’t let go of what she lost that fateful night and unfortunately she can’t remember a thing about what happened immediately thereafter, as she disappeared for a few days and everything is still a blur.

Now her dreams consume her, she sees images and doesn’t know if they
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Jenny
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been explained thoroughly. All options have been explored and dismissed. The outcome is inevitable. Yet when this anticipated death arrives, we are stunned and shaken.
If prior warning of deaths arrival stuns us, imagine the effect of a sudden violent murder can be to the loving wife of the victim.
Poppy Lang, the heroine of Under My Skin, waved goodby to her husband, Jack, as he sets off on an early morning jog through Riverside Park. Hours later Detective Grayson is asking her questions b
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Erin
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Lisa Unger has written sixteen novels and it's a travesty that I have only read three of them. Because OMFG this was really good! It literally competed with waiting for the Quebec election results. Not an easy task since I love my politics. Also, whom ever is responsible for selecting book covers for Unger needs a nice vacation or a raise because suspense books shouldn't be this eye catching gorgeous but these definitely are.
No need to rehash the plot as it's quite well explained in the blurb.
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Karl
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a buddy read with my buddy Nat, who resides in either the mysterious outback or crowded suburbs (not as mysterious) of Australia, beginning Tuesday August 13, 2019.

“Under My Skin” by Lisa Unger was nominated for the 2019 Macavity Award for Best Novel, nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award and a Finalist for the 2019 Hammett Prize. In this psychological thriller we join a young woman struggling with the aftermath of her husband’s murder as she finds herself in escalating danger.

We seem
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Selene
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
POV/s: First-person, singular
Triggers? No.
Tone: Defeated
HEA? (view spoiler)

Poppy Lang’s life is in disarray two days after her husband’s funeral. She has a nervous breakdown and can’t recall where she was or what she was doing after Jack was laid to rest. These unaccounted hours are what this story is centered around.

This story picks up a year after Jack’s death. Poppy has completed a short stint in a psychiatric facility, has returned to the agency s
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Monica
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-aways, netgalley
Really fantastic!! I've read Lisa Unger before and she never disappoints!! The characters in this book feel so real and believable. I felt their struggles and frustrations. The ending was a complete surprise, as all good mysteries should be.

I highly recommend this book for all psychological thriller book lovers!

Special thanks to NegGalley for the advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.
Lisa Gardner
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Unger is one of my favorite suspense novelists. I love this very Hitchcockian tale of a recently widowed woman, still searching for the truth behind her husband's recent murder.
Amanda
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Poppy’s husband Jack was killed whilst out jogging in Manhattan’s Riverside Park. Poppy is not coping with her loss and is dependent on sleeping pills,unsure whether her dreams are dreams or reality that she has forgotten about.

It was a real life sliding doors moment, if she had of gone for a jog with Matt would he still be alive?

This story was like peeling an onion, every layer revealed another layer as memories were retrieved. I wasn’t sure who was more confused with what was going on me or Po
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Brenda
3.5s

In the time since her husband, Jack’s brutal murder, almost a year prior, Poppy had spiraled into depression; lost days that she had no memory of; moved out of their comfortable and well-loved home to a stark and sterile apartment; and tried to keep the business that she and Jack owned, running. Poppy’s visits to her psychologist were regular and calming but once she was back into her life, her uncertainties and grief continued. Poppy’s best friends, Layla and Mac, tried to care for her, bu
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Jess☺️
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Under my skin by Lisa Unger will definitely not be the last book I read by this author.
It's an easy paced psychological thriller which is written in such away you've finished the book before you even realised.
It has a few characters that just annoy you through out and you will want to shake and shout at them to stop interfering.
It's twists and turns through out from the first untill the last, with an ending you didn't see coming (or didn't want to see)🤔
I loved the whole dream state mixing with r
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Bkwmlee
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
3.5 stars

Last year, while searching for a book to complete an A to Z Author challenge I was doing, I came across author Lisa Unger’s latest psychological suspense novel The Red Hunter , which ended up being a thrill-ride of a book that I enjoyed from beginning to end and found very difficult to put down. Not surprisingly, when I heard that Unger would have a new book out this year, another psychologicaI suspense thriller entitled Under My Skin , I jumped at the opportunity to read an advance
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Pauline
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Under my Skin by Lisa Unger is a psychological thriller about Poppy who's husband Jack is murdered one morning while he is out running.
Poppy is determined to find out who the killer is and why this has happened. Unfortunately she is having nightmares and is taking a lot of pills. She thinks someone is stalking her and she is having blackouts and losing time.
I found this book really confusing and this affected my enjoyment of the book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and HQ for my e-copy in excha
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Kendall
So, I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Lisa Unger. I was ecstatic to get my hands on an early arc of Lisa's newest book.

I found myself a tad bit confused in the beginning and had to check couple of times that the characters matched up etc. This became a tad annoying for me and tad tedious. It's a high probability that I may just be a little over psychological thrillers?? haha

Poppy's husband was murdered to a random event as the police have told her. Poppy can't let go of her husband.
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Selena
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Under My Skin by Lisa Unger from Net Galley for my review.

An exciting and twisty psychological thriller that will keep you reading and wanting more.

Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I typically love Lisa Unger's books, but this one was just OK for me. I just feel like it had so much wasted potential.

The premise of the story was great, but it just wasn't executed very well. There was a lot of repetition, and I feel like things were thrown in there to make the reader second guess what was going on, but there was no follow up or reason for it. (view spoiler)
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Lisa
A intentional confusing psychological thriller that may just get under your skin

SUMMARY
Poppy‘s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during a morning run in Manhattan. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spirals into a dark depression and disappears for several days, only to turn up disheveled and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. She can’t remember where she was or who she was with. She was hospitalized with a nervous breakdown. As her depression continues she is unable to t
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Amy
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a book that will make your head spin!! I will admit for the first bit I was slightly confused but I think that’s mostly due to the fact the Unger is such a fantastic writer that she just drew me into the tangled web that is Poppy’s life so wholly. Once I caught on I was utterly hooked, and found myself totally caught up and invested in this one.

I haven’t so strongly felt a characters paranoia and unease since The Woman in the Window, I had similar feelings while reading this especiall
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Bam
*3-3.5 stars. This is my first taste of Lisa Unger's writing, although I've been planning to read others of hers for quite some time. I received an arc of Under My Skin from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

Poppy Lang's husband was brutally murdered a year ago and Poppy is still struggling with her grief, seeing a psychiatrist and self-medicating with combinations of pills and alcohol. So it's no wonder that she seems to be hallucinating at times. She even had a period right aft
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Katie B
This was my first time reading a Lisa Unger book and I enjoyed it so much, I'm looking forward to reading some of her other novels. This is a story that had many layers to it and while it had mystery and psychological thriller elements, in all honesty I think it can be labeled best as just a compelling fiction read about a woman dealing with the aftermath of her husband's murder.

There were quite a few things that really held my interest while reading the book. I obviously wanted to find out who
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Helen Power
A year ago, Poppy’s husband was brutally murdered while out for an early-morning jog. Poppy can’t remember what happened to her in the days following his death. She hasn’t been the same ever since.  At night, she’s having terrible nightmares, and during the day, she keeps seeing a hooded man who follows her everywhere. But how much of this is real? Are the nightmares memories? Does the hooded man even exist? But, most importantly, does Poppy have buried memories of who killed her husband, and if ...more
Alafair Burke
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do we know the difference between memories and nightmares? Under My Skin is a twisty, captivating psychological thriller that explores the lingering toll of grief and the enduring power of love and loyalty. This is Lisa Unger at the top of her game.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book as I've read several thrillers with an aspect of dreaming/memory loss over the last few years - some good and some not-so-much. I'd heard good things about this author, so I was excited to see what direction she took the book in! 

If I'm being honest, I did find parts of the book a little hard to follow. There were several times I had to flip back to see if a specific part of the book was set in the current timeline, in the past, or if it was a d
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Chris
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was like losing my own mind and losing the current sense of time and events.

The story is scattered with people, places and having different timelines and flashbacks. What was/what actually was; what is/what actually is; what possibly could be. I had to check myself more than a few times; go back and re-read what I already read just to make sure I wasn’t the one who was losing it. It really didn’t help at all that I was not feeling well and was in a cold and flu medicinal state
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Lisa
There’s almost always a single germ for each of my novels. A moment, a line of poetry, a news story, a piece of junk mail . What happens next is -- a bit odd. I start to hear a voice, or a couple of voices. And these voices draw me through my narrative. I don’t have an outline. I don’t know who is going to show up each day or what they are going to do. And I certainly don’t know how the book is going to end.

For UNDER MY SKIN, it wasn’t a single moment, as there often is. It was something Carl Ju
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Judy
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Unger is a new favorite author for me. This is the third book I've read by her and all of them have been really good! Poppy was a good character who was dealing with the fact that her husband was murdered and the case hasn't been solved. Poppy had a breakdown and had to get help from a counsellor as well as medication to help her sleep which she is mixing with pills her friend Layla gave her and alcohol. Poppy thinks someone is following her, but she doesn't know what is real and what is im ...more
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