The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger – Book Review. @lisaunger @HQStories #TheStrangerInside


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.



Rain Winter was a journalist, who left her job to be a full time mum to her daughter, Lily. But her investigative brain won’t give up and she starts to look in to a murder case…could this be a serial killer? 

As a child, she was almost kidnapped, but during the terrible event, her best friend died, and another, Hank was traumatised too. Investigating the murder case has brought back memories of this terrible time.

She also finds links, to other killings, of criminals who got away with a crime. Is this killer avenging the innocent?

I won’t say much more as I would hate to spoil any part of this twisted, dark tale. Yes, the killer is identified quite early, but this in no way reduced the nail biting tension. A real thriller in the true sense of the word. Brilliant.

Thank you to Jessica at Harper Collins for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.




Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE. With millions of readers worldwide and novels published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The Edgar-nominated UNDER MY SKIN is also a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize, and the Macavity Award for Best Novel. And the original short story THE SLEEP TIGHT MOTEL is a #1 bestselling single.


Unger’s critically acclaimed books have been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Indiebound, Goodreads and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.(courtesy of Goodreads) 

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