A shattering new novel about three women on a heart-wrenching collision course… Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. She’s in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run. Without knowing each other, and with lives that couldn’t be more different, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map: Heart Island, an idyllic place in the middle of a lake in the Adirondacks, owned for generations by Birdie Burke’s family. The harsh and unyielding Birdie is at one with this island, which has a terrifying history all its own. She, too, has consequences to face.

  • New York Daily News “Summer’s Top New Thriller Novels”
  • Publishers Weekly “The Best New Books” (June, 2012)
  • Suspense Magazine’s “Best Books of 2012”


“Stellar… Heartbroken should be on everyone’s summer to-read list.”
USA Today (4 stars)

“One of Unger’s best novels yet.”
Library Journal (starred review) 

“Unger delivers… A first-class page-turner.”
Booklist (starred review) 

“A tense psychological thriller.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

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What Readers Like You Are Saying!

“Read anything of hers and you will be hooked for life!”
—Red (Amazon)

“I am in love with Lisa Unger… I just can’t get enough! Her writing style pulls you right in, the characters are like so many people I know. Heartbroken is a beautiful, dark, heart-breaking tale.”
—Fiona Ogilvie (Amazon)

“Multidimensional and suspenseful, what begins as a family saga morphs into a nail biting psychological thriller, in which the outcome is anything but predictable. Some hearts will be broken, while others will be reborn.”
—Linda (Goodreads)

“It has to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I didn’t want it to end.”
—Carolyn Whitaker (Facebook)