FICTION

In the Blood

Touchstone. Jan. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781451691177. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781451691191. F
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Lana is a deeply disturbed young woman who has found the perfect place to hide: as a student at a small college in a remote New York town. Struggling with a troubled past that includes her mother having been murdered, Lana wants a place where she feels safe and removed. A part-time job as a nanny seems to be the perfect way to earn extra income, but her 11-year-old charge proves to be more difficult than she expected. Bright and manipulative, the boy seems to sense that his new babysitter has a number of secrets of her own. When a friend of Lana's goes missing shortly after they argued in front of a number of witnesses, it seems that her dream of peace is shattered.
VERDICT Unger's (Beautiful Lies) latest offering is full of engaging twists and turns. She tells the story from Lana's point of view but skillfully keeps the reader guessing as to what dark secrets the character is hiding. Fans of mystery and psychological suspense, along with Unger's fans, will be delighted with this imaginative story. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/13; library marketing.]

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