On the surface, Annie Powers's life in a wealthy Florida beach neighborhood is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her. These are demons she can't fully recall because of a highly dissociative state that allowed her to forget. Disturbing events trigger strange and confusing memories for Annie, who realizes she has to quickly piece them together before her past comes to claim her future...and her daughter.
Today something interesting happened. I died. How awful, they'll say. How tragic. And she was so young, with everything ahead of her. There will be an article in the paper about how I burned too bright and died too young. My funeral will be small...a few weeping friends, some sniffling neighbors and acquaintances. How they'll clamor to comfort my poor husband, Gray. They'll promise to be there for our daughter as she grows up without me. So sad, they'll say to each other. What was she thinking? ...
Honors and Awards
- Today Show Top Ten Pick
- Florida Book Award Winner
- Shortlisted for Prix Polar International Award for Best Book
- Best Psychological Chillers by Women Authors, of all-time from Mystery Tribune
Praise for Black Out
"A hurricane of a thriller...impossible to extract yourself until the last page."
"Unger's latest keeps the adrenaline pumping with a roller-coaster plot and harrowing psychological suspense...well worth the ride"
"Black Out is riveting psychological suspense of the first order. If you haven't yet experienced Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?"
—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"I read Black Out in one hungry gulp and spent the rest of the night trying to calm my jangled nerves. This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror-one of the best thrillers I've read this year!"
—Tess Gerritsen, #1 Internationally bestselling author
"Twisty, riveting, and enormously exciting. Lisa Unger is a powerful and elegant writer, and Black Out is her best novel yet."
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
"Full of twists and turns... A great read for anyone craving some suspense."
—NBC Today Show "Top 10 Summer Reads"
"Unger does a masterful job of keeping the reader engaged... As Black Out spirals through one shock after another, it becomes increasingly clear that not only can [the narrator] Annie trust no one else, she can't always trust herself."
—St Petersburg Times
"A largely gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose... Unger...create[s] the perfect razor's edge of tension."
"A powerful, penetrating, and truly frightening look at a compromised mind in a series of desperate situations... [Black Out] is an outstanding example of the psychological thriller."
—Naples Sun Times
"[Unger]...delivers such a ride you don't want the whirligig to stop."
—New York Daily News
"Black Out made me want to stay up reading, and it kept me up when I was done. You'll want to skip ahead to make sure things end okay. Don't do it. Let Unger work her magic."
"Unger expertly turns what could have been a routine serial-killer story into a haunting odyssey for Annie, dropping red herrings and clues along the way until the reader feels as unsettled as Annie."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In her first stand-alone novel Unger continues her tradition of page-turning action and intriguing plots...Highly entertaining."