Ink and Bone

inkandboneAuthor: Lisa Unger

Publisher: Touchstone

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: In this explosive psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, a young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance.

For as long as she can remember, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen.

But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift.

A gift that is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as Finley lands in the middle of a dangerous investigation involving a young girl who has been missing for ten months and the police have all but given up hope.

With time running out there’s only so much Finley can do as The Hollows begins to reveal its true colors. As she digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, nothing is what it seems. But one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

 

Review: What a scary, scary book! It started out as a somewhat paranormal mystery (I call it paranormal when anyone has extra senses or can read minds). It went from there into an even more grandiose scheme–not only were some of the people malevolent–the place itself was like a black hole for evil. Interesting plot that was borne out in the player’s behavior throughout the story arc.

Finley moved back into the Hollows to live with her grandmother for more than one reason. First, the friends she was hanging around with were having a bad influence on her. Second, she wanted to learn how to control and use her gift, and her grandmother Eloise was willing to teach her. Last, it felt like home. Unfortunately, one of her friends followed her there–Rainer, her boyfriend. Was he a help or a hindrance?

When Eloise and Finley are called to join the case of a missing little girl, time is of the essence. She’s already been gone for ten months, and the mother is hanging on to her sanity by a slender thread. Finley’s powers seem to be growing as she takes the psychic lead as in the case–but she’s torn. Her grandmother had let the gift consume her–never really having a private life–but Finley is trying to learn to use boundaries. But as she learns, sometimes the voices and visions don’t wait for anyone.

Ink and Bone was a spooky read, with a lot of secondary characters and a very murky, malevolent environment adding to my sense of unease. That along with several surprises at the end made this a suspenseful, heartbreaking read.

Add it to your summer list.

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