Review of In the Blood, Lisa Unger
One of my absolute favorite book ever
When I just before Christmas found myself with a review copy of Lisa Unger's new book In the Blood in my hands, I had no idea that it was going to be one of the biggest reading experiences of the year. Actually, one of the biggest reading experiences I have ever had. I loved this book so, so much and read it in just a few days, for reasons I for once actually can sum up in a few short words:
First of all, Lisa Unger's writing is captive, interesting and extremely well performed. Second of all, the story is well researched, the book has a Jungian red thread (and that a story has a red thread being built on Carl Jung's theories is something that I adore). And third, the story is so dark and dirty that its like it has been dragged in mud somewhere, or more likely, dragged in the mud of the human mind. And believe me, that is something extremely positive as I am a big fan of literal darkness.
In this book, we meet Lana Granger who is about to graduate from University in a little place called The Hollows somewhere in upstate New York. As she realizes that she is about to graduate she takes a job, which is taking care of an eleven year old boy named Luke, to adjust herself to the future. Luke, who is a troubled boy, is also extremely manipulative and soon a mental battle between the two begins. At the same time Lana's best friend disappears and Lana who is hiding a big secret has to continue to lie to keep the secret from coming out.
This book is about darkness. The darkness that the human being hides from herself and the book is so amazing that I am seriously thinking of reading it again right away and I am blown away with Lisa Unger's writing skills. This is my first encounter with, as what I am going to call her from now on, The Great Unger, but its definitely not the last one. Actually, I wish I could read all her books all at once. So please, if you like dark books and is a Gillian Flynn fan, you cannot miss this one. One of my absolute favorite book ever.
Submitted: 5 januari 2014