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Lisa Unger

Author of Beautiful Lies

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About the Author

Lisa Unger was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1970, but grew up in the Netherlands, England and New Jersey. She received a degree from the New School for Social Research. Before becoming a full-time author, she had a career in publicity. Her works include Sliver of Truth, Die for You, and show more Fragile. Beautiful Lies was selected as an International Book of the Month and Black Out won the Silver Medal for popular fiction in the 2008 Florida Book Awards. She has also written books under her maiden name, Lisa Miscione. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Lisa Unger

Beautiful Lies (2006) 1,596 copies, 69 reviews
Fragile (2010) 828 copies, 51 reviews
Black Out (2008) 728 copies, 41 reviews
Sliver of Truth (2007) 719 copies, 20 reviews
Confessions on the 7:45 (2020) 685 copies, 28 reviews
In the Blood (2014) 607 copies, 56 reviews
Ink and Bone (2016) 558 copies, 44 reviews
Die for You (2009) 526 copies, 20 reviews
Darkness, My Old Friend (2011) 469 copies, 28 reviews
Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six (2022) 459 copies, 26 reviews
Heartbroken (2012) 414 copies, 18 reviews
Last Girl Ghosted (2021) 366 copies, 23 reviews
Crazy Love You (2015) 321 copies, 31 reviews
The Stranger Inside (2019) 313 copies, 16 reviews
The Red Hunter (2017) 306 copies, 19 reviews
Under My Skin (2018) 300 copies, 25 reviews
Angel Fire (2002) 182 copies, 6 reviews
The New Couple in 5B (2024) 164 copies, 7 reviews
Christmas Presents (2023) 115 copies, 14 reviews
Smoke (2005) 92 copies, 1 review
Twice (2004) 88 copies, 6 reviews
The Darkness Gathers (2003) 85 copies, 2 reviews
The Sleep Tight Motel (2018) 83 copies, 16 reviews
Let Her Be (2020) 45 copies, 4 reviews
The Whispers (2014) 38 copies, 7 reviews
All My Darkest Impulses (2021) 36 copies, 4 reviews
The Whispering Hollows (2016) 33 copies, 4 reviews
Fog Descending (2021) 30 copies, 4 reviews
The Three Sisters (2015) 28 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2023 (2023) — Editor — 27 copies, 2 reviews
The Burning Girl (2014) 27 copies, 2 reviews
Circling the Drain (2021) 26 copies, 2 reviews
Love the Way You Lie (2021) 26 copies, 3 reviews
Unknown Caller 13 copies, 2 reviews
Krásné lži (2007) 1 copy
The Twenty (Short Story) 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

Inherit the Dead (2013) — Contributor — 299 copies, 10 reviews
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 (2021) — Contributor — 61 copies, 1 review
When a Stranger Comes to Town (2021) — Contributor — 60 copies, 6 reviews
Tampa Bay Noir (2020) — Contributor — 36 copies, 15 reviews


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Unger, Lisa
Other names
Miscione, Lisa (birth)
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Tampa, Florida, USA
New York, New York, USA
New Jersey, USA
New School for Social Research (BA)
Authors Guild
International Thriller Writers
Mystery Writers of America
Awards and honors
Silver Falchion Award for Best Novel (2015)
Amy Berkower
Short biography
Lisa Unger is the author of fifteen novels and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. She lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.



This was a really good book! It had me guessing the whole time. While I can understand some of the complaints about certain missing pieces, overall this read was great. I will agree with some of the reviews that state that it's a slow build...and it is. However, I honestly think it was worth it. I had a couple of "ohhhhhh" or "what?!?!" moments...and that's uncommon for me with mystery/thriller books, so kuddos to the author for this one.

I really recommend this book!
prebs29 | 6 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
Too many characters that I didn’t care about.
csobolak | 25 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
I think the endings of this type of book are difficult to write. The last chapters of this book filled my belly but weren’t anything I’d order again. I enjoyed the characters and did not predict the ending. The outcome for the watcher irritated me, it felt reductive although I suppose fair enough since he was just a red herring anyway.
womanhollering | 25 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |
Disappointing mystery thriller.

Chad and Rosie Lowan are over the moon when they inherit a luxury apartment in the historic NYC building known as the Windermere. Soon, however, the atmosphere takes an ominous tone and Rosie begins to fear that there are unhappy ghosts that linger in the apartments, the halls, and the basement. Horrible things have taken place in this building. Suddenly, people they know are dying and Rosie is afraid she might be next.

This was overly long and repetitive with a dual timeline and the one thing I cannot tolerate in my crime fiction -- the supernatural. I did not care for any of the characters and even though the author dangled a lot of red herrings, it was quite predicable and the outcome no surprise. Rosie was annoying and the others quite stereotypical in their roles as friends, husband, and relatives. I listened to the audiobook as I read along, and I found the narrator very irritating with her attempts at doing all the voices though she seemed to channel Rosie's angst and histrionics appropriately. In short, this requires dealing with the slow pace and all the melodrama while suspending disbelief at every turn of the page.

Although I am grateful for the advance copy of the e-book ARC, I can't recommend this unless you enjoy those aspects of this story that I do not.

2.5 stars
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CelticLibrarian | 6 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |



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