Release Day Review | Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Title: Ink and Bone
Author: Lisa Unger
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Touchstone
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback ARC

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.

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I need to read more of Lisa Unger's books because she has a beautiful way with words. They flow poetically and with ease. The story got to point and kept at it with no other distractions. It was an intense mystery thriller with some paranormal mixed in. 

Finley Montgomery has inherited psychic powers from her grandmother, and while Eloise is the one who assists Jones Cooper on certain cases, it's now Finely’s turn to sit in the driver’s seat and help solve the latest crime in The Hollows.

I’ve been bewitched by the character of Finley. She’s fierce yet quiet, intelligent but wild. She’s not your average heroine, physically nor emotionally. In a way she’s had to grow up on her own. For most of her life, she lacked a mentor to guide her psychic abilities. Her mother constantly told her what she was seeing and hearing wasn’t actually there. 

The family of the missing girl had their own chapters detailing their struggles in keeping their family together after the little girls disappearance. While their situation was intriguing all on its own, I much preferred Finley's chapters. She was very colorful and riveting character.

I've only ever read one of the novellas that follows Eloise (grandmother) and I had no trouble following along with this story. Although this universe coincides with Unger’s other books, this can easily be read as a standalone novel.

Unger creates a vivid atmosphere with detailed descriptions of locations, sounds, and people. Featuring a wide range of interesting supporting characters, the content is so engrossing you won't be able to put it down. I called in sick to life and ended up reading it all day. I’m hoping this was a lead in to a series, because the ending left a lot to be desired, and of course, I’d love to see more of Finley.


Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of fourteen novels, including her latest thriller INK AND BONE.
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,, 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.