Ink & Bone

Finished Ink & Bone by Lisa Unger.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

An instant page-turner (Lisa Gardner) that straddles the line between thriller and horror…sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, including Stephen King fans. (Booklist, starred) A young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance.

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.”

Holy crap, this book.  It grabbed me and didn’t let me go and every time I thought that I couldn’t possibly be more tense, it basically laughed in my face, and ratcheted the stress level up by another, say, 10 points.

There’s almost nothing I can add to the synopsis without spoiling something, so here’s what I can share: Finley is all kinds of badass.  She has this “gift” that she doesn’t want and can’t quite figure out how to use.  She knows that she needs to learn how to turn it off and on, but obviously that’s easier said than done.

Even if you aren’t a fan of thriller/suspense-type novels, this one is worth checking out.  Of course there’s a lot of suspense here (read: I lost my breath several times) but this is also about families: Abbey’s family, which is not doing well since her disappearance, and Finley and Eloise are at the forefront, of course, but relationships are at the heart of this novel.

Highly recommended.

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