Tense, atmospheric and addictive, The Stranger Inside is an utterly unforgettable tale of justice, revenge and good vs. evil. And with one of the most compelling antagonists I’ve read in a very long time, this book hits my top five books this summer. The Stranger Inside was, quite simply, phenomenal.
Beautifully written, absorbingly atmospheric, with vividly drawn characters that drew me right in. There are so many deeply thought out themes, particularly centering around justice: what is justice, and how far would some people go to get it? Where is the line between right and wrong? And do the ‘bad’ guys really deserve what comes to them?
The story centers around Rain’s tragic past. She narrowly avoided being kidnapped when she was 12. Her two friends weren’t so lucky, though. Tess was killed and Hank came back a different person altogether. Fast forward to now. Rain is living a peaceful, domestic life as a stay at home mom. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case.
I was pretty stunned by the ending, and that’s a tough feat this days. Lisa Unger’s writing is consistently outstanding, her characters vividly alive, and the plot tense and suspenseful. This is why Lisa is still the Queen of Suspense. I highly recommend this book for any thriller or domestic suspense fans out there.
Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.