The Stranger Inside By Lisa Unger
‘The Stranger Inside’ is the latest book by Lisa Unger.
Rain Winter left journalism behind to focus on her baby daughter. But when a man acquitted for murder is killed, in the same way as his suspected victims, Rain sees a pattern emerging between a series of cold cases. Meticulous and untraceable, this killer strikes in the dead of night, making sure that the guilty are suitably punished for their crimes. As Rain’s investigation deepens, she must face up to dark secrets in her own past and the realisation that the killer may be closer than she thinks…
I spent my Sunday with my head buried in this book. A story of conflicted morals and lucky escapes, this psychological thriller was gripping from the start.
The story is seen through multiple narratives, namely Rain, who as a child avoided kidnapping but in doing so loses her best friend and leaves her other friend severely broken. Taking a break from her job as an investigative journalist, she decides to investigate into a series of murders where the victims have been convicted of a crime and are killed in the same way as their victims. As Rain starts to investigate into this story, it brings back unexpected feelings that she thought she had hidden. The other narrative is from the killer, giving an interesting slant to the story, as they justify their actions.
The story is written at a clever and fast pace, immediately drawing the reader in with the unreliable narratives, which gives the an excellent twist to the story. Rain is a complex character, as much as she tries not to think about her ordeal and the impact it had on her life, it really has shaped her into the woman that she has become. A woman who believes in justice and is determined to find out the real identity of the ‘Night Hawk’ killer.
Atmospheric from the first page, ‘The Stranger Inside’ is superbly crafted and well plotted story, with drama and suspense lifting from the page, this is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Unger and will most certainly not be the last!
You can buy ‘The Stranger Inside’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.