New York Times Bestselling author

The Stranger Inside

The Stranger Inside

Even good people are drawn to do evil things…

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice—and killed him in cold blood.

Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?

Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them.

Pre-Publication Praise

  • A Best Books of Fall 2019 Winner! (People Magazine)
  • Critic's Fall Book Picks (The Boston Globe)
  • Best Thrillers of Fall 2019 (BookBub)
  • Best New Books of September 2019 (PopSugar)
  • The Month's Best in Crime, Mystery and Thrillers (CrimeReads)
  • September Book Club Picks, Must-Read Novels (Bookish)
  • The Most Anticipated Thrillers of Fall 2019 (SheReads)
  • Best Crime, Mystery and Thriller Books of September 2019 (MysteryTribune)

"Unger writes smart, chilling thrillers, and this outing bodes to be one of her best."
The Boston Globe

"Riveting...first-rate crime fiction."
Tampa Bay Times

"Surviving a crime is the beginning of the story, not the end, in this astute, engrossing thriller."
Kirkus, starred review

"Unger's latest thriller relentlessly uncovers a multitude of secrets, leading readers down a delicious path of fear, lies, and long-awaited justice, with an ending that will leave jaws dropping."

"Cleverly plotted...Unger’s well-honed craft shows in her unmasking the avenger early on and using the reveal to ratchet up suspense."
Publishers Weekly

"A darkly thrilling tale of survival and obsession. Lisa Unger never disappoints."
Riley Sager, New York Times Bestselling Author of Lock Every Door

"It’s not often that I'm stunned by the ending to a novel and think to myself, 'Wow. That caught me off-guard.’ But The Stranger Inside is rich with surprises from the very first page: it’s a smart, taut thriller about those wounds we carry inside us that sometimes just don't heal."
Chris Bohjalian, #1 Bestselling Author of The Flight Attendant and Midwives

"Loved it!! Frightening, utterly compelling but also sharply insightful, compassionate and with a dark, atmospheric heart. Highly recommended."
Gilly Macmillan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Nanny

"Tense, atmospheric and addictive, The Stranger Inside is an utterly unforgettable tale of justice, revenge and good vs. evil. And with one of the most compelling antagonists I’ve read in a very long time, this book hits my top five books this summer. The Stranger Inside was, quite simply, phenomenal."
Cristina McDonald, author of The Night Olivia Fell

"Unger is masterful at creating villains—I’ll say no more—and for her heroines who are vulnerable but always strong."
CrimeReads (Lisa Levy)

"Unger blurs the lines of right and wrong in this riveting thriller."

"Unger is a sure bet for those seeking a nail-biting thriller with enough twists and turns to have you gasping for air by the time you finally reach the ending."
The Real Book Spy