Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Ink and Bone
by Lisa Unger

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Touchstone (June 7, 2016)
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Mystery | Suspense | Paranormal
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Ink and Bone…And out of the gate...BAM! I’m sucked in by a picture of a mysterious girl and pleas for forgiveness. Fade to black, and the meat potatoes of this tale truly begins! Findley has inherited the family gift for psychic abilities. She hears voices, strangers, and they all want something from her, but she does not understand what she needs to do to silence them, so she goes to the one person who knows, the one person who can help her, her grandmother. Eloise is famous, her abilities have been used by law enforcement and with her cryptic guidance, Findley learns to understand what is going on with the voices, the people she sees and how she can help.

Children are going missing in the small town called the Hollows and the race is on the find one girl she thinks is crying out for help. Together with a private investigator, she is about to undertake a dark journey from which she will exit a changed person, if she lives. What the voices are telling her leads her to more than one lost child, it uncovers the horrors of one family, twisted and depraved searching to assuage their guilt by replacing their own daughter. How many girls will Lindsey save? Will she save them all or will they at least receive closure for all that was done to them? What of their families? Who will receive the greatest gift and who will be crushed one last time?

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger starts ratcheting the tension levels from the beginning, until finally when you think you have reached the top of the roller coaster, that final pull to the free fall of the answers and closure coming in at warp speed, you find a jarring bump in the road. So many sub-plots, so many viewpoints, all converging and crashing into each other only to find a big sign that states: “But Wait-There’s More…” From that point, it became a little murky, a too twisty in an overcrowded car. I loved every page until the point that we were taken off road and the conclusion became the untied ends of threads missed.

I received an ARC edition from Touchstone in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. If I had a Guardian angel his wings would be Red for the blood of Christ.