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Lisa Unger is an American award-winning author of sixteen novels, and a bestselling for both the New York Times and on the international front.

Her books- which have received numerous recognition- have been published in twenty-six different languages; selling millions of copies worldwide.

Lisa has astutely walked the fine line between literary novels and commercial thrillers in her career as a novelist; one that has earned her critical acclaim and the admiration of millions of fans worldwide.

She lives in the Tampa Bay, Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.

More about Lisa Unger

Genre: Thriller

Born: 1970


Non Series

  • Black Out (2008)
  • Die for You (2009)
  • Heart Broken (2012)
  • In The Blood (2014)
  • Crazy Love You (2015)
  • Ink and Bone (2016)
  • The Whispering Hollows: Novella (2016)
  • The Red Hunter (2017)
  • Under My Skin (2018)
  • The Stranger Inside (2019)
  • Confessions on the 7:45 (2020)
  • Last Girl Ghosted (2021)
  • Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six (2022)

House of Crows

  1. All My Darkest Impulses (2021)
  2. Fog Descending (2021)
  3. Circling the Drain (2021)
  4. Love the Way You Lie (2021)

Jones Cooper Series

  1. Fragile (2010)
  2. Darkness, My Old Friend (2011)

Lydia Strong Series

  1. Angel Fire (2002)
  2. The Darkness Gathers (2003)
  3. Twice (2004)
  4. Smoke (2005)


  1. The Dark Door (2022)

Ridley Jones Series

  1. Beautiful Lies (2006)
  2. Sliver of Truth (2006)

We Could Be Heroes

  1. Unknown Caller (Book 2) (2023)
We Could Be Heroes

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Black Out

Annie Powers's life in a wealthy Florida beach neighborhood seems happy and complete. She has a husband, Gray, who loves her fiercely, and a beautiful young daughter, Victory.

Things however turn for the worst when demons from her past, which she couldn’t quite recall due to a highly dissociative state, resurface and begin creeping up on her.

Disturbing events trigger bizarre memories, and Annie soon realizes she has to swiftly piece everything together before her past comes to claim her future… and her beloved daughter.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0307338471
Publisher: Broadway Books
Die for You

A thriving career, a happy marriage and a supportive family, Isabel Raine thought she had it all. Until one morning when Marcus Raine, her husband, leaves for work only to never return.

After spending the day frantically trying to reach him through his cell phone and office with little successful, Isabel races to her husband’s office where she ends up getting knocked out cold after a dramatic raid by the FBI.

Exhausted with the many unanswered questions over where Marcus is and who he really is, Isabel seeks to uncover the truth about the man she loves – even if it means risking her own life

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0307393982
Publisher: Broadway Books
Heart Broken

Kate has authored a novel based on an unfortunate love story from her family's past while Emily is a struggling waitress in a toxic relationship; one that leads her to making a dreadful, life-changing decision.

Although they don’t know each other, they both end up heading to Heart Island; a blissful place in the middle of an Adirondack lake and home to Birdie Burke - a harsh, inflexible matriarch.

The three women find themselves on a heart-wrenching collision course full of dark memories, restless ghosts and one another, all the while unaware of Heart Island’s petrifying history.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0307465214
Publisher: Broadway Books
In The Blood

Lana Granger leads a life full of lies. She has told so many lies about who she is and where she comes from, so much that the truth is like an oblivious nightmare beyond her recall.

On the brink of graduating from college with her trust fund growing slimmer, she takes a job to babysit Luke; a troubled, manipulative boy who may just have met his match in Lana - or has Lana met hers?

But Lana resumes her lying ways when Beck, her closest friend, disappears mysteriously. The police raise questions when her where­abouts don’t coincide with eyewitness accounts on the night Beck disappeared, and Lana will stop at nothing to hide the truth.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1451691184
Publisher: Touchstone
Crazy Love You

Darkness has a way of creeping up whenever Ian is with Priss. He could always feel it, even when they were kids playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town. Be that as it may, Priss was still his best friend - his salvation from the bullies, and from his family's deadly secrets.

They've now both escaped to New York City where Ian becomes an accomplished graphic novelist - no longer tortured by his childhood. Priss, conversely, is still trouble, and Ian is growing weary of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay; often with booze, drugs and sex.

He meets Megan whose love impacts positive change, but Priss doesn't like change, and terrible things untold happen whenever she’s hungry.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1451691214
Publisher: Touchstone
Ink and Bone

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is never alone, as she is constantly visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams well beyond her control or understanding. When her abilities become too strong for her to handle, Finley turns to the one person she trusts can help her: Eloise Montgomery, her grandmother, and a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

When a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation of Merri Gleason’s missing daughter; this coming after Merri hired detective Jones Cooper who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery.

As Finley digs deeper into the town, she soon learns that The Hollows gets what it wants…at all costs.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1501101656
Publisher: Touchstone
The Whispering Hollows: Novella

The Whispering Hollows is a spellbinding novella that features reluctant psychic Eloise Montgomery.

This extensive exploration into the life of Eloise Montgomery is a perfect way for newcomers to be introduced to The Hollows, and experience a sense of place that Lisa Unger is building; one that certainly "rivals Stephen King's Castle Rock for continuity and creepiness."

It includes an author’s introduction to The Hollows and an excerpt from the new bestseller Ink and Bone - a thrilling coming of age story for Finley Montgomery and The Hollows.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 9781501134753
Publisher: Pocket Star
The Red Hunter

Determined to look for a fresh start with a growing blog and a home restoration project, Claudia Bishop takes on a crumbling old house; one that she isn’t privy to its ugly history and long buried secrets.

Zoey Drake’s childhood took a dynamic change after the horrific murder of her parents. She has gone on to embrace the rage that propels her years later, finally ready to face the demons from her past (and within) having trained in martial arts.

Albeit strangers taking on completely different paths in the wake of trauma, the two women are on a collision course, seeing as Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1501101687
Publisher: Touchstone
Under My Skin

A year has passed since Jack, Poppy’s husband, was brutally murdered while on his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park.

Poppy fell into an unknown world of agony and despondency in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s murder, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she couldn’t recognize.

She has as such begun to move on as the case was never solved, but those lost days keep haunting her. Determined to unfurl the truth, Poppy plunges into a game of cat and mouse, but will she be able to handle the truth about what really happened?

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0778369783
Publisher: Park Row
The Stranger Inside

When former journalist Rain Winter was twelve years old, she narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. The abductor was eventually found and 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, spending her days as a stay-at-home mom. But when another criminal who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case, forced 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 even good people are drawn to do evil things.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0778389286
Publisher: Park Row
Confessions on the 7:45

Selena Murphy is commuting home on the train when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat. The woman introduces herself as Martha and soon confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

Then the nanny disappears.

As Selena is pulled into the mystery of what happened, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, she begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover…

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0778389293
Publisher: Park Row
Last Girl Ghosted

She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love?

But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.

Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. But isn't that always what women think—that they're the ones to blame? Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She had been looking for a connection, but now she's looking for answers. Chasing a digital trail into his dark past—and hers—she finds herself on a dangerous hunt. And she's not sure whether she's the predator—or the prey.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0778312093
Publisher: Park Row
Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for.

What could be more restful than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah’s generous brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It'll be three couples on this trip with good food, good company and lots of R & R.

But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare.

A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep.

How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0778334224
Publisher: Park Row

House of Crows

All My Darkest Impulses

What really happened to the girl who walked into the woods and vanished forever? It’s a never-forgotten mystery that clings like a shadow in a short story about dark memories and inescapable fears.

For disgraced professor Matthew Merle, the inheritance of his grandfather’s crumbling mansion is both a burden and an offer of safe haven. His childhood friend Claire, a psychiatrist, desperately needs a haven of her own after one of her patients unleashes his dark side. At turning points in their lives, it’s inevitable that they should return to the past. And to Merle House. It’s been waiting for them.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0919SLYHL
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Fog Descending

A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen.

Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. Merle House, the root of Ian’s obsession, could change that. The woods are restless again. Maybe here, Ian will find what he needs—if he’s willing to make a deal with the dark.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0919VBKWT
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Circling the Drain

Is it a hoax, or is it something unspeakably real? In this short story about evil games and spiraling secrets, whatever bargain you strike, there’s a price to be paid.

Mason Brandt dropped out of seminary and found a job at a spiritual center offering guidance to troubled teens. Mason was one himself years ago—a suspect in a young girl’s disappearance. When a female student is found murdered, Mason is dogged by suspicion and flees. He hopes Merle House will offer him sanctuary once again.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0919W53MZ
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Love the Way You Lie

What’s drawn four damaged people back to Merle House? The answer could destroy them all in a gripping short story of the truths we bury and the lies we tell ourselves.

Matthew, Claire, Ian, and Mason haven’t set foot on the Merle family property since the summer they were sixteen. They tried for years to put their history behind them, to forget the mystery of the girl who vanished so long ago. But a powerful force from their past is still at play. This time, there’s no hiding from it.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B091B2CCSZ
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories

Jones Cooper Series


Life is quite simple in The Hollows - a charming, old-fashioned town in the outskirts of New York City where everybody basically knows everybody. Growing up, Maggie Cooper found the microscopic life of a small town draining, but she gladly returns to The Hollows when she becomes a wife and mother.

She uses her skills as a psychologist when the girlfriend of her teenage son disappears while her husband, Jones Cooper, works as the lead detective on the case.

The case however has Jones acting strangely while her son Rick becomes even more withdrawn.

Adamant to unveil the truth, she follows her own lead; one that may destroy everything dearest to her.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0307394002
Publisher: Broadway Books
Darkness, My Old Friend

Jones Cooper is at loose ends having given up his post at The Hollows Police Department. He is having trouble confronting a horrible event from his past and as such seeks help through therapy. But everything changes one October morning when psychic Eloise Montgomery comes to him with predictions about his future – some of which are dire!

Michael Holt returns to The Hollows, where he grew up, to find answers about his mother who went missing a number of years earlier. He hires local PI Ray Muldune and Eloise Montgomery to assist in solving the mystery, but what he finds might be his undoing.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0307465184
Publisher: Broadway Books

Lydia Strong Series

Angel Fire

Lydia Strong’s obsession with bringing brutal murderers to justice emanates from the killing of her mother when she was a child. The investigative consultant and bestselling true-crime writer has made a salubrious living out of chasing the monsters thanks to her powerful intuitions that seldom fail her.

When three adults who are loners and drifters go missing, no one seems to take notice except Lydia who enlists the help of Jeffrey Mark - a former FBI agent who solved her mother's murder.

The real hunt however begins when someone goes after Lydia herself...

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0307953094
Publisher: Broadway Books
The Darkness Gathers

Bestselling true-crime writer Lydia Strong receives an anonymous distress call soon after she returns from a tour of promoting her last case. The anonymous cry begs her to find and protect Tatiana Quinn, and a few other girls who desperately need to be rescued.

The acclaimed investigative consultant takes on the case, but someone powerful wants her to drop it; so much that they summon for the re-emergence of one of Lydia's sworn and most dangerous adversaries.

In her quest to trace Tatiana's disappearance across the country and overseas, Lydia Strong must also find the man who has put a price on her head…

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0307953117
Publisher: Broadway Books

Julian Ross, an accomplished artist, has just been found standing over her husband’s bloodied corpse in their apartment in New York City. Although she claims that she slept peacefully while her husband was stabbed to death right beside her, the police have their reservations, given that Julian’s first husband was murdered in a similar way.

Julian as such turns to crime writer Lydia Strong who buries herself in the case with the help of her partner P.I. Jeffrey Mark.

In the midst of trying to solve the murder case, Lydia finds herself in a precarious position as Jed McIntyre, the serial killer who murdered her mother, is on the loose in New York, and baying for her blood…

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0307953179
Publisher: Broadway Books

Lydia and her husband, P.I. Jeffrey Mark, are visited by an NYPD detective who informs them of the disappearance of Lily-one of Lydia’s former writing students.

Lily, who has been missing for over two weeks now, tried to get in touch with Lydia before she disappeared. Could it have something or perhaps everything to do with the death of her brother; one which Lily had always refuted as suicide?

In this final installment of the Lydia Strong series, bestselling novelist Lisa Unger, who authors it as Lisa Miscione, takes us through an emotional roller-coaster as Lydia and Jeffrey look to solve the puzzle of the disappearance.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0307953155
Publisher: Broadway Books


The Dark Door

Pip Duke’s life has descended into chaos following the death of her father, a bestselling horror writer. She now hears voices all the time, saying troubling things like: Your father’s friends and family are after his money, or you shouldinherit everything. The voices also say she killed her dad, and the police are after her.

To silence these disturbing thoughts, Pip checks herself into an inpatient therapy center. However, the place is far from calming. She can’t trust the staff, and the voices in her head continue to say terrible things. There are those who want you released—only so they can continue to profit off your father’s name. A different voice says some wish to claim her inheritance by getting her declared insane . . .

If Pip hopes to ever know peace again, she must explore the depths of her psyche, sort through her memories, and unravel the secret that will be her key to freedom.

NB: This novella is also part of the Bibliomysteries / Death Sentences short stories by various authors.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B0BGKMG1F8
Publisher: Road

Ridley Jones Series

Beautiful Lies

Ridley Jones would still be living the lie she called her perfect life if only she had slept ten minutes later or just taken the subway rather than waiting for a cab.

Now she finds herself in the wrong place at the right time to unleash a series of events that begin with a mysterious package on her doorstep.

Left with little option but to question everything she knows about herself, given how the package informs her that her entire world is nothing but an illusion, Ridley roams into a dark territory where everyone is hiding something.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0307336828
Publisher: Broadway Books
Sliver of Truth

Ridley Jones- who stepped off a street corner and into an abyss of violence, deception and fear in BEAUTIFUL LIES- makes a valiant attempt to get on with her life when an act as humdrum as picking prints at a photo lab sends her on a ghost-finding mission.

A figure of the same man, albeit not easily identifiable, erringly appears in quite a number of pictures she has taken over the last year.

Ridley is however not the only one seeking to know who the man is, and she soon finds herself at the center of a far-reaching investigation - unassertive on whom to trust.

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0307338495
Publisher: Broadway Books

We Could Be Heroes

Unknown Caller (Book 2)

Charlie Kroft’s job at the crisis center means she’s often seen as a hero: she’s helped countless people climb out of the deepest pits of personal despair. But when one phone call thrusts Charlie into the spotlight, she must contend with the hidden pain that drives her…and with the mysterious stranger who knows the truth.

NB: Here is the complete list of the We Could Be Heroes Series by various authors:

Pigeon Tony's Last Stand (2023) by Lisa Scottoline

Unknown Caller (2023) by Lisa Unger

Trouble (2023) by Janelle Brown

These Cold Strangers (2023) by J. T. Ellison

Kill Night (2023) by Victor Methos

Author: Lisa Unger
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0BN2M952C
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
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