Title: Ink and Bone
Author: Lisa Unger
Date published: June 7th,2016
Page Count: 352 pages
Where I got the copy: Got a copy of the book from Netgalley(Thank you for the copy)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 hearts)
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.
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger is building a sense of place for The Hollows that rivals Stephen King’s Castle Rock for continuity and creepiness.
**I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.This doesn’t effect my opinion on the book**
Psychological thrillers aren’t something I read everyday,so this was a welcome change,oh well,all psychological thrillers are.Do I need mention that it was the blurb that caught my attention?Yes,it was the blurb that drew me to the book.And now,let’s get into talking about this book!
The cover of the book ,as far as I know,speaks of a certain place in the book,The Hollows woods,if I remember right.That place is like the centre of the book,like not in the way that everything in the book happens there,but more like the root of everything lies there,so you know,in my opinion,there couldn’t have been a better choice of cover.
The title,I didn’t actually figure out what it might mean,but as all other such times ,I’ll make a wild guess.The Ink might refer to how the Hollows grip spreads far and wide,and how it gets what it wants,and Bone,probably the hole/ditch that we come across at the end,you ‘ll know I’m talking about if you have read the book,if not,you should go give it a read.
The writing style is not very complex,it has a style,a thrill to it,though at places it was a bit difficult to grasp the meaning.And it took time to get into the book,like I mixed up characters in the first few chapters,which I actually had to reread,the whole New Penny,Old Penny thing was a bit confusing.Oh wait,I just realised something!Holy crow!I got to go and check about it asap,but don’t worry it’s no way affecting the review cause the review is spoiler free!
The first half of the plot was kind of slow,a bit dragged and not much happening but almost everything that happened in the first half was important to set stage for the second half,like some details might feel like just a filler,but mind me,they all play a role towards the final solution.And also,at some point of the book,like long before the final solution,you’ll feel like there’s not much more to be revealed and all that is left to happen is for the two separate happenings ,those with Finley and those with the little girl,to come together.And then the plot twist smacks you in the face.Those were my favourite parts,the completely unexpected twists out of just nowwhere.But I must tell you,the story is horrifying and chilling and sad and joy,but believe me when I say it was worth it.I’m actually super glad I asked it for a review,cause otherwise I wouldn’t ever have read this book.
We are left out with the characters now.Every character,especially the good ones are independent ,strong-willed characters in their own way.Take the protagonist Finley.SHe has the strength to do what is right, her decision making abilities are really appreciable,the way she follow her gut instincts,yes,she is initially unsure of her abilities,but hey ,that’s what character development is all about,right?Then there’s her grandmother ,Eloise,she has a really strong mind for her age.Jones Cooper,everything he did,they were just great.Rain was another character that I liked,he’s Finley’s supposed love interest,and he goes to odds to be there for her,I seriously appreciate his stubborn nature in this case. Merri Gleason and her faith,how I wish things had gone the way I thought them to be.
Now I realized that this book,had a lot of characters.Like even if they were there for a short time,just few scenes,they all had an impact,something that I like about this book.You’ll live for the second half of this book.I would have liked to have a second book for this one too,but still,it has a satisfactory ending.
If you are looking for a psychological thriller,you should go pick up this one,it’s worth it.
About the Author:
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen novels, including INK AND BONE (2016 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist) and her upcoming standalone thriller THE RED HUNTER (April 2017.)
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon.com, Independent Booksellers, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Sun Sentinel to name a few.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.
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