Ink and BoneBook - 2016
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, Finley is terrified by 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.
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Lisa Unger brings readers on a missing child case in Ink and Bone. Finley Montgomery has seen people that others cannot since she was a child. When another tattoo or the roar of her motorcycle can’t drown the voices any longer, Finley moves in with her famed psychic grandmother Eloise in The Hollows in upstate New York. She’s here to ostensibly attend college, but more importantly, to learn from her grandmother some skills to deal with her “gift.”
When private detective and friend Jones Cooper tries to bring his sometimes-partner Eloise in on a case, she calmly tells him that it is Finley’s case. Finley, who is just learning to hone her abilities, reluctantly agrees but desperately wants to help the family recover their missing daughter. Finley is uneasy with her psychic abilities, but soon learns that the messages that she receives from the dead cannot be ignored.
This atmospheric thriller uses fully realized characters to immerse readers into the story. Instead of the flatter characters typically found in suspense novels, the backstories, thoughts, and problems that best-selling author Lisa Unger creates for her characters help to craft a richer story. The novel is told in the third person and chapters are told from multiple character’s perspectives so that we have a more complex plot that moves forward with a quick pace. The dark setting of the small town of The Hollows in a wooded mining community sets a great tone for the unsettling story.
While the missing child plot may be unappealing to some readers, the focus of the story is on the characters and their growth. This is a standalone novel but characters have appeared in previous series for readers who want to explore them deeper. The supernatural elements of the novel are essential yet downplayed – the focus is on the investigation. This genre-bending novel is a great read if you like character development in your thrillers.
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