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Lisa Unger

USA flag (b.1970)

aka Lisa Miscione

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies in the US and have been translated into 26 different languages.

She was born in New Haven, Connecticut but grew up in the Netherlands, England, New Jersey and New York, where she graduated from the New School for Social Research. Lisa now divides her time, along with her husband and daughter, between Florida and New York City.

Genres: Mystery

Series contributed to
   6. Let Her Be (2020)
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : Under My Skin

Lisa Unger recommends
Burnt Offerings (2012)
(Daniel Davis and Sam Michaels, book 1)
Michael Lister
"Deep, edgy, and smart, Burnt Offerings is a searing page-turner. Don't miss this stellar outing from a truly fine writer."
Living Proof (2012)
Kira Peikoff
"A tight and suspenseful thriller... A remarkable debut!"
The Winter People (2014)
Jennifer McMahon
"Jennifer McMahon is a writer of exceptional talent, and The Winter People is a hypnotic, gripping and deeply moving thriller. With her beautifully drawn characters and complex, layered, and suspenseful story, McMahon has woven a dream from which I didn't want to wake--and couldn't have even if I wanted to."
Blessed Are the Dead (2014)
(Gabriella Giovanni Mystery, book 1)
Kristi Belcamino
"Kristi Belcamino brings her reporter chops to Gabriella Giovanni, the very best kind of heroine -- smart, plucky, and true. Keep your eye on this writer."
One Kick (2014)
(Kick Lannigan, book 1)
Chelsea Cain
"Chelsea Cain's One Kick has all the bones of a great thriller--a high-octane story that will never let you catch your breath, non-stop action, and twists galore. But it's Kick Lannigan that really gives this stellar read its heart and soul. Kick is a total badass, armed and dangerous. But you'll cheer for her, worry about her--and you'll pray that, if you ever meet anyone like her, she'll be on your side. Chelsea Cain has outdone herself -- and that's no small feat."
Descent (2015)
Tim Johnston
"A pulse-pounding thriller of the first order...a truly captivating read."
The Killing Lessons (2015)
(Valerie Hart, book 1)
Saul Black
"The Killing Lessons is a dark, twisted, and deeply compelling read. Saul Black perfectly inhabits each of his characters, even the most deranged among them, and weaves a breathless thriller that is as beautiful as it is terrifying."
Those Girls (2015)
Chevy Stevens
"Deep and exciting."
Unreliable (2017)
Lee Irby
"Creepy, twisted, darkly funny, and totally riveting, Lee Irby's Unreliable kept me guessing from the first page to last. You'll be off kilter the whole ride on this tilt-a-whirl of a book, and you'll enjoy every second."
Not a Sound (2017)
Heather Gudenkauf
"This is a thrill ride to be sure, but it's also a gripping tale of tragedy and redemption. If you haven't read Heather Gudenkauf yet, now's the time."
The Marriage Pact (2017)
Michelle Richmond
"A twisting, suspenseful, keep-you-up-all-night thriller."
The Take (2018)
(Simon Riske, book 1)
Christopher Reich
"The Take is a slick, elegant, and gripping spy thriller of the first order. With a brilliant heist, a twisting web of secrets and intrigue, and an adrenaline-fueled plot, Reich whisked me out of my world and into his from the explosive first pages. Simon Riske is my favorite kind of hero--flawed, dark, and utterly intriguing. Fabulous!"
The Other Mother (2018)
Carol Goodman
"Carol Goodman is, simply put, a stellar writer."
The Elizas (2018)
Sara Shepard
"A twisting, clever thriller with a smart, darkly funny, and totally unreliable narrator at its heart. I was rooting for the troubled, sharp-tongued Eliza, even as Shepard deftly blurred those very thin lines between lies and the truth, fact and fiction. A sizzler!"
Liar's Candle (2018)
August Thomas
"Tightly-plotted, well-written, and astute, Liar’s Candle is a remarkable debut. August Thomas delivers an atmospheric and twisty spy thriller that manages to be both assured and fresh. With a colorful, authentic sense of place, a rocket-paced plot full of deception and betrayal, and a young, naive heroine, Penny Kessler, at its center, this is both an exciting story of espionage and a compelling coming of age tale."
Jar of Hearts (2018)
Jennifer Hillier
"We all have embarrassing exes, right? You almost feel bad for Geo, the slippery heroine at the heart of Jennifer Hillier’s dark and twisted tale. It’s just that Geo's ex turns out to be a serial killer. And, maybe, just maybe, she had something to do with his first murder; and, oh, that first murder victim was one of Geo’s best friends. Hmm. I was hooked on page one. Hillier’s masterful story-telling and compelling voice pulled me deeper and deeper. The plot only twisted and ratcheted tighter from there until I couldn’t pull away. This is a smart, edgy thriller with lots of surprises. Buckle up."
The Real Michael Swann (2018)
Bryan Reardon
"The Real Michael Swann is a twisting, heart-wrenching journey into a marriage, a gripping thriller, and the story of a family ripped apart by terrible violence. Bryan Reardon grabs his readers on page one, then deftly ratchets the suspense page-by-page revealing slim fragments of truth until the breathless ending. A chilling, haunting read."
Three Days Missing (2018)
Kimberly Belle
"A missing child, a ticking clock-every parent's worst nightmare come true. Kimberly Belle delivers the goods-a rocket-paced story with a heart that will keep you riveted through every hairpin twist and turn. Breathless suspense!"
You Were Made for This (2018)
Michelle Sacks
"A sinister, razor's edge of a book. I was, in turn, totally gripped, completely unsettled, and not just a little freaked out by these brutal characters and the damage they did to themselves and each other. Whatever you feel while reading this dark, twisting story, you definitely won't be able to put it down."
The Banker's Wife (2018)
Cristina Alger
"The Banker's Wife is a glamorous and twisting novel of international intrigue, the secrets and lies that stitch a marriage together, and a wife's desperate search to understand the husband she thought she knew. The rocket-paced plot and transporting sense of place will sweep you away, but it’s the smart, determined women at the heart of the story that keep you riveted through the breathless ending. Cristina Alger delivers on every level."
The Disappearing (2018)
Lori Roy
"As dark and atmospheric as a Northern Florida summer night, The Disappearing is Lori Roy at the top of her game. Her simmering tale is, at the heart, a compelling mystery. But it’s also a deep meditation on family and the secrets and lies that can twist through our lives like a strangler fig. The powerful sense of place and a haunting cast of characters linger long after the book is closed. If you haven’t read Lori Roy, now is the time."
Somebody's Daughter (2018)
David Bell
"Somebody's Daughter is a compulsive, twisty, race-against-the-clock thriller. But it’s also a sensitive meditation on what connects us to each other--and what we’ll do to hold on when life tears us apart. Don’t miss this smart and unrelenting page-turner!"
Too Far (2018)
Jason Starr
"A rocket-paced, propulsive, and utterly addictive thrill-ride. Jason Starr is a master of ratcheting up the suspense page-by-page, making it totally impossible to look away."
Restoration Heights (2019)
Wil Medearis
"An atmospheric and poetic noir debut. Wil Medearis paints a vivid portrait of the changing face of New York City while crafting a compelling old-school mystery against that gritty, thoroughly modern backdrop. A Brooklyn artist turned private investigator—such a clever premise! And its stellar execution—rich with character, and sparking with the friction of all the city's hard edges of race, culture and class—is utterly immersive."
The Liar's Child (2019)
Carla Buckley
"Carla Buckley has a rare gift for character. In The Liar’s Child, she digs deep into the hearts of the troubled, flawed, and all-too-human souls who populate this beautifully written and utterly involving novel. I didn’t so much open the jacket on this book as fall inside the compelling story and get tangled up in all the lives, loves, broken dreams, and mistakes. Then I held tight, white knuckled, through the twisting inexorable ride."
Saving Meghan (2019)
D J Palmer
"Smart, chilling, and full of hairpin turns, Saving Meghan is highwire suspense of the first order."
The Lying House (2019)
Rick Mofina
"A blood pact, a horrific crime, and a lifetime of secret and lies come back to haunt in this layered, engrossing thriller. Their Last Secret is Rick Mofina at his edge-of-your-seat, can't-stop-turning-the-pages best as he dives deep into questions of truth, justice, and ultimately redemption. A riveting, moving read."
A Madness of Sunshine (2019)
Nalini Singh
"Lush, atmospheric, and addictive, A Madness of Sunshine seduces with its beautiful sense of place and layered, compelling characters, then hooks you right in with a riveting noir mystery. When a beautiful girl goes missing and a dark past collides with the brutal present, the truth is as harsh and unforgiving as the landscape in which Nalini Singh's twisting tale is set."
Last Day (2020)
Luanne Rice
"A dark family history. A deeply flawed marriage. The complicated tangle of the ties that bind. Luanne Rice writes with authenticity and empathy, unflinchingly exploring her characters and diving into the shadowy spaces where they hide their secrets. Like all great stories, Last Day is a compulsive, twisting mystery dwelling inside a searing portrait of what drives us, as riveting as it is human and true."
All Your Twisted Secrets (2020)
Diana Urban
"In her smart and gripping debut, Diana Urban crafts a classic Agatha Christie-style mystery with a thoroughly modern twist. Cleverly plotted and full of surprises, All Your Twisted Secrets marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in YA suspense."
The Golden Cage (2020)
(Faye Adelheim, book 1)
Camilla Läckberg
"The Golden Cage is a twisting, brutal tale of betrayal and revenge. Lackberg paints a vivid portrait of a dark and complicated anti-heroine who is both the abused and abuser, victim and victimizer. A chilling, timely read sure to thrill her international legion of fans!"
The Wife Stalker (2020)
Liv Constantine
"A twisty, engrossing house of mirrors."
The Mountains Wild (2020)
(Maggie D'arcy, book 1)
Sarah Stewart Taylor
"Atmospheric and lyrical, THE MOUNTAINS WILD is that rare thing -- a riveting thriller with a beating heart. In this beautifully wrought portrait of love and family, secrets and lies, Sarah Stewart Taylor dives deep into character, all the while ratcheting up the suspense, page by gripping page, through to the stunning end."
The Second Mother (2020)
Jenny Milchman
"Rich in atmosphere, expertly plotted, and populated by characters that live and breathe, The Second Mother is as much a portrait of survival and redemption as it is a harrowing deep dive into the secrets and troubles of an isolated island in Maine. Jenny Milchman writes with insight and compassion, creating a vivid sense of place, and masterfully ratcheting up the tension page by gripping page."
Girls of Brackenhill (2020)
Kate Moretti
"A looming castle, a woman haunted by her sister’s unsolved disappearance, and long buried secrets clawing their way up to the surface—Kate Moretti deftly weaves it all together in a gripping gothic ghost story of the first order. Girls of Brackenhill is full of chills, thrills, and dark surprises. You won’t stop turning the pages until the stunning end—and even then you’ll be sleeping with the lights on. Don’t miss it!"
If I Disappear (2021)
Eliza Jane Brazier
"A propulsive thrill ride full of surprises right through the firecracker ending."
Do No Harm (2021)
Christina McDonald
"Do No Harm is a pulse-pounding deep dive into the dark heart of addiction. The stakes couldn't be higher in this smart, breathlessly-paced, and emotional novel about love, family, and how far we'll go when our child's life hangs in the balance. Riveting, ripped from the headlines, and not to be missed."
Never Far Away (2021)
Michael Koryta
"Michael Koryta is a powerful and masterful writer with bone-deep understanding of his characters, and a gift for perfectly- paced suspense. With its transporting sense of place, and elegantly layered but utterly breathless story, Never Far Away is the raw, emotional, and riveting work of a craftsman at the top of his game. By far one of the best books I've read this year."
Her Dark Lies (2021)
J T Ellison
"J.T. Ellison weaves the old and the new, art and history, mystery and love story into one stunning tapestry of a novel. Elegant, propulsive, and utterly unputdownable Her Dark Lies is the work of one of our most talented thriller writers at the very top of her game."
When the Stars Go Dark (2021)
Paula McLain
"Lyrical and beautiful . . . a riveting deep dive into trauma, survival, and obsession. With her deeply flawed and utterly compelling heroine, elegant prose, and layered, twisting story, Paula McLain has penned an extraordinary novel of literary suspense, as gripping as it is unique and unforgettable."
You Will Remember Me (2021)
Hannah Mary McKinnon
"Riveting, smart, and utterly diabolical. You Will Remember Me is psychological suspense of the first order. Hannah Mary McKinnon knows how to keep us gripped and gasping at each layer revealed, each twist that we never see coming. Skillfully wrought and expertly executed, this chiller will keep you mesmerized right through the jaw-dropping ending. Don't miss it!"
Choose Me (2021)
Gary Braver and Tess Gerritsen
"Don’t miss this edgy, twisting, rocket-paced story of marriage, betrayal, and the damage we do to each other in the name of love."
Closing Costs (2021)
Bracken MacLeod
"From the explosive first pages, through every hairpin twist and turn, and right to the shocking final scenes, Bracken MacLeod expertly ratchets up the suspense page by breathless page in this stellar home invasion thriller."
For Your Own Good (2021)
Samantha Downing
"Downing's spare prose packs a wallop as she deftly ratchets up the suspense with every hairpin turn of this lean, mean, surprising, and utterly propulsive thriller."
The Last Mona Lisa (2021)
Jonathan Santlofer
"THE LAST MONA LISA is a pacy, seductive international thriller of the first order. With its seamless blend of action, intriguing maze of family secrets, and the gripping, emotional journal entries of a long-dead art thief, this is a transporting novel, made all the more captivating because of the true story at its heart. Don't miss it!"
Hold Me Down (2021)
Clea Simon
"Lyrical, layered, and full of surprises. Simon has penned a raw and emotional thriller with a heartbeat, about lost dreams and missing friends, regrets and buried memories, the final note reminding us that it’s never too late to start again. Provocative, moving, and suspenseful."
Dance Among the Flames (2022)
Tori Eldridge
"Tautly written, mystical, and action-packed DANCE AMONG THE FLAMES will take you on a wild, thrilling ride through centuries and continents. Eldridge is at the top of her game, delivering an irresistibly sweeping adventure that will linger long after the gripping story ends. Don't miss it!"
Two Nights in Lisbon (2022)
Chris Pavone
"An elegantly twisting, lyrical, rocket-paced international thriller of the first order. With sterling prose, layered characters, searing insights, and gripping suspense, Chris Pavone writes with a deep knowledge of the world we live in - its many injustices, flaws, and the bending, dangerous road we sometimes must take to justice."
Kismet (2022)
Amina Akhtar
"Amina Akhtar had me at ravens! Then she kept me turning the pages with her colorful cast of characters, keen insights, and layered, engaging heroine. Kismet is darkly funny, sharply observant, and full of surprises. Don't miss this utterly original and wildly entertaining thriller."

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