Under My Skin
What if the nightmares are actually memories?
It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?
The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts—there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?
I like him. I do.
There's always a but, isn't there?
He's talking and I should be listening. I'm not. Does he see it, that I'm scattered, distracted? Doubtful. He doesn't seem especially observant, has that way about him that people do no. As if they are putting on a show of themselves, as if the moment is being watched rather than lived. He glances about as he talks. Up at the television screens over the bar, all on mute, all tuned in to different sporting events. Down at the phone that sits dark beside him. Back to me, off again to the rowdy table across from us—a postwork gathering I'm guessing from the rumpled suits and tired eyes.
Awards and Honors
- Edgar Award Nominee
- Macavity Award for Best Novel Nominee
- Hammett Prize for Best Novel Nominee
- Booklist Best New Book
- Library Journal 2018 Killer Thriller
- CrimeReads Most Anticipated and Best Book of 2018
- PopSugar Best Mystery & Thriller of Fall 2018
- Bookish Fall 2018's Most Exciting New Mysteries & Thrillers
- BookBub Most Anticipated Thriller of the Season, Fall 2018 Best Mystery Book and Editor's Pick
“Unger brings the reader along as her narrator's grip on reality is tested and keeps the twists coming in this standout thriller.”
—Kirkus, starred review
“Another fine psychological thriller from a master of the genre.”
—Booklist, starred review
“Searing psychological thriller.”
“Enthralling...It’s a story that will get under your skin indeed, and the shocks don’t stop until the last page.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“Unger knows how to craft a tale that not only incorporates characters that feel real, but also weaves a baffling puzzle that keeps readers guessing. For a story that is steeped in grief and darkness, Unger's steady hand keeps hope shining throughout, so it's not difficult to enjoy this captivating thriller.”
“Lisa Unger draws you in from page one”
—The News & Observer
“Bestselling author Lisa Unger’s latest protagonist, Poppy, might be the most unreliable narrator since The Girl on the Train—and we are here for it”
“Lisa Unger – the queen of psychological thrillers – takes us on a tension-packed ride with one of this year’s most intriguing and gripping unreliable narrators … a masterclass in suspense thriller writing … don’t miss it!”
—Lancashire Post (UK)
“UNDER MY SKIN is a twisting labyrinth of a book where nothing is as it seems, dreams bleed into reality, and the past is the future. Lisa Unger is one of my favorite writers. And in this tilt-a-whirl of a psychological thriller, she’s at the top of her game.”
—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of LOOK FOR ME
“Lisa Unger’s deliciously intense and addictive thriller got under my skin. I picked it up, got drawn into this dark, tangled tale, and couldn’t pull away until it was done. Gripping suspense at it’s best, uniquely Unger.”
—Karin Slaughter, #1 Internationally bestselling author of PIECES OF HER
“UNDER MY SKIN is a perfectly dark and unsettling, spellbinding thriller. Told with both eloquence and urgency, Unger knows just how to hook her readers and reel them in. This book is not to be missed.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL
“How do we know the difference between memories and nightmares? UNDER MY SKIN is a twisty, captivating psychological thriller that explores the lingering toll of grief and the enduring power of love and loyalty. This is Lisa Unger at the top of her game.”
—Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of THE WIFE
“UNDER MY SKIN will not only get under your skin but will crawl up into your brain and toy with you...This novel cements Lisa Unger's place as one of the top writers of psychological thrillers and is not to be missed.”
“A winning blend of mystery, psychological thriller, and ghost story, UNDER MY SKIN lives up to its title, telling an intimate story of tragedy, betrayal, obsession, and secrets...The book is a labyrinth, full of twists and turns, but one that makes for fascinating and rewarding reading.”
“If you’re looking for a thriller that not only gets your heart pounding but also gives you some insight into the complexities of the human mind and heart, then UNDER MY SKIN should be next on your list. While there are puzzles to be solved and clues to be deduced, Unger’s new book with its beautifully crafted characters and astute observations of someone navigating extreme trauma and loss, is a refreshing change from your usual, run-of-the-mill murder mysteries. The result is a masterfully woven web of emotions, suspense, and dream-like writing”
“Lisa Unger's craft is so astonishing that it makes me want to cry tears of appreciative joy... you don't want to miss it.”
“A truly compelling read...saying goodbye to the characters makes it hard to turn the last page.”