Ink and Bone
Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
A girl, spindle thin, rode too fast atop a motorcycle with an electric-purple gas tank and fenders, shiny chrome exhaust pipes. The engine roared, scaring the birds from their perches and causing the animals in the woods to skitter into their burrows. The road before her was a black ribbon dropped carelessly on green velvet, a twisting, turning skein between the trees that had not yet started to turn color. She took the bends tight and in control, feeling the confidence that only youth allows, still blissfully ignorant to the hard fact that consequences can be as unforgiving as asphalt on bare flesh...
Awards and Honors
- Goodreads Choice Award for Best Book Finalist
- USA Today Bestseller
- iTunes Most Anticipated Book of 2016
- Target Emerging Author Book Pick
“Lisa Unger is building a sense of place for The Hollows that rivals Stephen King’s Castle Rock for continuity and creepiness."
—The Raleigh News & Observer
“The tension is palpable, and Unger straddles the fine line between thriller and horror, making this a very exciting and riveting read, sure to appeal to Kay Hooper or Stephen King fans.”
—Booklist (Starred Review)
"Instant page-turner! Fresh new character Finley gets under the skin in this race-against-the-clock thriller that brings together grieving families, small town secrets and a troubled teen whose ghosts aren't just in her past."
—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of FIND HER
"Engrossing, atmospheric, and fast-paced, for fans of dark and twisty psychological suspense, Lisa Unger's INK AND BONE is not to be missed."
—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times Bestselling author of MOST WANTED
“Ink and Bone is like The Sixth Sense on steroids — a dark, dazzling tale in which the light manages to shine through on things that really do go bump in the night."
—The Providence Journal
"I loved this...has a little Dead Zone feel to it, with lots of additional subplots to really create and construct a well-rounded cast of characters...would make a great movie, and I'd love to see some sequels."
“I experienced something pleasantly heartbreaking while reading Ink and Bone, Lisa Unger’s latest mystery-thriller. This horrific, fast-paced novel succeeded in drawing me in by taking possession of my senses and controlling the emotions I thought were mine. Literally... a true nail-biter."
“A gut-wrenching tale of horror and mystery...Strong characters and stellar writing make this a wonderful mix of small-town life with the supernatural."
“For those who like intense psychological mystery at its best. Unger provides."
—The Florida Times-Union
“Unger makes the spectral realistic because anything can happen in The Hollows, and does. In her storytelling, the supernatural jump starts a story about fragile families seeking peace and fulfillment...Without overt violence, Unger delivers a frighteningly real villain who is able to hide in plain sight. "Ink and Bone" is a welcomed return to the haunting The Hollows."
“Unger builds the tension to high intensity...Little by little, the truth is revealed to Finley and to the reader — a dark side that winds through the Hollows like the long-abandoned mines that snake beneath its surface...Ink and Bone takes the reader into dire places, but into the light as well. And Finley? My psychic vibes predict she'll be back."
—Tampa Bay Times
“Lisa Unger learned at a young age to listen to the voices in her head...Now, those voices appear on the page, and without much prompting become the interesting, dimensional characters that make her books so thrilling...Unger’s grasp of trauma and fear have earned her a reputation as a fearless writer of dark, character-driven psychological thrillers."
"Lisa Unger takes you to dark places then shows you the light. The universe she has created in The Hollows — the dead and the living, the haunted and the haunting, the lost and missing — resonates so deeply, it’s a world I want to go back to again and again and am always a little heartbroken to leave...Unger weaves a story that casts a captivating spell, and will leave you feeling haunted long after you turn the last page."
—Jennifer McMahon, New York Times Bestselling author of THE NIGHT SISTER
“Bestselling author Lisa Unger knows a thing or two about building suspense, and she piles on the twists in her latest thriller, Ink and Bone."
"Another terrific novel from one of today’s best thriller writers, period."
—Literary Hub (Bethanne Patrick)
"The Hollows is a world unto itself, as different from the rest of New York as the name implies. Everyone in The Hollows appears to be there for a definite reason...Unger’s beloved characters continue a deftly balanced story that’s supernatural without a creepy aftertaste."
“In a narrative as well told as this, and as robustly linked to a believably created world, populated with memorably crafted characters; Unger’s tale will give even the most skeptical of readers, a chill down their spines. It is worth checking all doors are firmly locked before starting this unsettling thriller."
“Lisa Unger has written the sort of novel that fans of Stephen King and Peter Straub used to eagerly anticipate. Many of her previous books have been dark, but this one is a full-fledged dive into the deep end of the horror pool. The result is an effective and unsettling supernatural tale that will leave you reeling."
“From Harlan Coben to Lisa Scottoline to Lisa Gardner to the team here at Suspense Magazine, we all say that Lisa Unger should be on your bookshelf."
“Ink and Bone elicits heart-pounding emotion...Without painting Unger into a literary corner – her writing is perfect for those who admire Stephen King. But that is not meant to be a comparison by any means. Unger’s style is unique and raw. Her storytelling prowess almost forces the reader to leave the house, mentally, and trudge cautiously into the bitter night."
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