Thoughts Overdue #8

Thoughts Overdue #8

(WARNING! Lots of spoilers)

In the Blood by Lisa Unger is a crime thriller, bordering on supernatural thriller. The main plot goes like this - 

College senior Lara Granger is a pathological liar. Her past is a mystery to the reader and she keeps it so, throughout the novel. But, she meets her match, when she is asked to babysit a manipulative 11 year old kid. Beck's friend disappears, not soon after and Lana begins too do what she does best - lying. But the police remain skeptical of her statements. So, what exactly is happening? Does the kid she's baby sitting for, know more than he lets on? Read to find out.

I began this book with a lot of high expectations. My friends had recommended it to me and I got caught into the hype. I really wanted to like it.

The prologue was great (really great), but, the beginning was really low key and boringish (is that a word?) for me. But, I got to a point where the novel gradually picked up and I thought that I might start to actually like this novel.

Turns out I didn't.

I admit there were a few parts in the novel that I actually liked. Like Lane's confusion and gradual acceptance of who he was. Looking back, I think that was the only redeeming quality of this book for me.Well, that and some of the descriptions. Lisa Unger actually knows her way around words but, I felt somewhat disappointed in the way this novel turns out. 
I was actually able to figure out a couple of the initial plot twists.  So, YAY me!!!

After this plot twist (I can't tell you what it is, You'll have to read the book to find out). I felt that I was being bombarded with plot twist after plot twist and it just got to a point where I felt it was all really implausible.
I really do like thrillers on the unbelievable side like Behind Her Eyes. It was slightly unbelievable but, I LOVED it. This novel on the other side was just kinda lackluster to me. After the initial reveal, the twists came at such a pace that I was left reeling and got to a point where I didn't even care about what other twists will come next. I began to feel numb near the end of the book.

If you want a novel that barely makes sense which is a mish-mash of psychological thrillers, then this is THE novel for you.

A dysfunctionally dysfunctional family : check
An unlikeable female MC : check
A weird plot : check
A gigantic amount of plot twists : check
Some romance (albeit forced and toxic) : check
Useless side characters : check
Useless back story of side characters : check
Missing girls : check
Teenage angst : check
Bonus: weird scavenger hunts , meaningless tantrums , and child abuse (mental).

But, I have to give credit where it is due: The atmosphere was maintained throughout the novel. The creepy setting of The Hollows was kept up throughout the book. And that's great.  Overall, this book wasn't up to my expectations at all. But, I just might give this author's other books a try.