Author: Lisa Unger
Published: June 2016, Touchstone
Format: ARC E-copy, 352 pages
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.
My thoughts: It's no surprise that I am a huge fan of Lisa Unger, so of course when I saw that her latest was coming out, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I am really enjoying this new turn she seems to be taking with her last few books - while they are still psychological thrillers without a doubt, there's this little bit of paranormal/supernatural aspect to it that gives it a little extra something that makes it just a little bit more creepy and intense.
I love Finley's character...she's one tough cookie that has come to live with her grandmother, Eloise, in order to get a handle on her newfound abilities. She rides a motorcycle and is covered in tattoos - she's a real badass! But at the same time, she's hearing these noises and just wants them to stop and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the noises go away. She is willing, albeit somewhat reluctantly to work with Jones Cooper, on the cases of the missing girls - could that be that the strange noises Finley is hearing are leading her to?
This book will pull you in right from the start and have you frantically flipping pages as you race to find out what will come next. There's plenty of backstory interspersed with what is happening in the present, including the story of the missing girls, Finley's abilities, and her relationship with Rainer, her boyfriend who ended up following her to the Hollows.
I'm curious, though, as to what happens next and where we go from here...some pretty big developments occur in this book. I really love the partnership that ends up working out between Cooper and Finley and would love to see more of that and I definitely haven't had my fill of Finley herself...she's too much of a spitfire to be done with yet! I think we've only scratched the surface with her in this book...but I guess only time will tell!!!