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The stranger inside
2019
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Named a BEST BOOK OF FALL 2019 by People Magazine, Boston Globe, BookBub, PopSugar, CrimeReads and more.

"Brilliant.... A well-crafted psychological thriller." --The New York Times Book Review

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.
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Former journalist Rain thinks she'll be happy as a stay-at-home mom, but she still has that investigative itch. And, unlike most reporters, she has a dark past that comes back to haunt her: when she was 12, she was left behind, nearly dead, while her two best friends were kidnapped. Hank escaped, but Tess was brutally murdered. Years later, the madman was mysteriously killed upon his release, and now there's been a string of copycat vigilante murders . . . just ripe for investigation. Rain puts aside her fears and takes a deep dive into her past, but is she ready for what she will find? Hank is now a noted psychologist devoted to helping traumatized children, but what is he hiding about what he does in his free time? 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.--Rebecca Vnuk Copyright 2010 Booklist
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