June 8, 2012

Lisa Unger's Twice a suspenseful hit

Twice: A Novel by Lisa Unger

This the third in a series with this main character Lydia Strong, but it was a first for me. I have never read Lisa Unger before, but now look forward to reading more of her books.

Lydia Strong works as a private investigator with beau Jeffrey Mark and her body guard Dax Chicago, a tough Aussie who won't let a serial killer bent on possessing Lydia anywhere near her. Serial killer Jed McIntyre has escaped from the psych facility for the criminally insane. A pro at blending in and disguising himself, Jed can be anywhere, anytime.

Unger creates characters that are so well articulated that they feel like real flesh-and-blood human beings. She is descriptive without using cliche techniques. She fleshes out scenes with description of surroundings detailed enough to help create the scene in your mind without being overly wordy.

One of the interesting aspects of this story is, just when you breath a sign of relief thinking the hair-raising suspense is over, it isn't. The stakes were raised often enough for me to squeeze every spare moment I had into reading this book. I just couldn't wait to see what was next - the mark are a truly well-crafted thriller.


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