Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone

Book - 2016 | First Touchstone hardcover edition
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For as long as she can remember, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can't control these powers and there's only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift. A gift that is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as Finley lands in the middle of a dangerous investigation involving a young girl who has been missing for ten months and the police have all but given up hope.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2016
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501101649
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 29, 2019

Ehh, this one is just ok. Usually I really enjoy Lisa Unger's books but I just couldn't like this one.

Jun 03, 2018

Three chapters into it and I find it not to my liking.

Sep 26, 2017


Jul 01, 2017

Really liked this. Loved the supernatural element to it. Can't wait to read more by this author.

Jun 27, 2017

Very Good.

Jun 18, 2017

Great book, a real page turner. Looking forward to more by Lisa Unger.

SPL_Heather Oct 01, 2016

A full review of this supernatural thriller can be found under "Summary," which was first published in the Stratford Gazette on 29 Sept 2016.

Sep 22, 2016

My Summary: Ever since Finely Montgomery was young she has been able to see people others could not. Her grandmother, Eloise, says she has the gift – the psychic ability to see the departed that her grandmother also possesses. After years of struggling with an unbelieving mother, Finely decides to up and move in with Grandma Eloise for college, in The Hollows. Quickly Finely and Eloise are at the center of an investigation involving a missing girl abducted while on a hike through the woods with her father and brother. Are the voices Finely hears from the other side those of a girl who has passed on or is she still alive? With winter approaching quickly, it is of upmost urgency they find the young girl soon.

My Thoughts: Ink and Bone, a well written suspenseful mystery told from third person POV, took me on an twisty-turny adventure through an intriguing psychic and ghostly world. The characterization of the protagonist, Finely, a thrill-seeking-motorcycle-riding-bad-boy-dating young woman, had me cheering for her from the beginning. I found the storyline of this novel to be very captivating and the prose to flow nicely. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good mystery with a supernatural twist.

Upon Googling Lisa Unger, I learned she has several books out. I look forward to reading more from her soon.

Jun 25, 2016

This was just Ok for me. A supernatural mystery that seemed like it would qualify for the young adult section. Definitely would not consider this in the horror genre. I liked Finley and the general plot of the story, but you could see where the story was going and it seemed slow to get there. Also was disappointed in the reveal at the end.

Jun 24, 2016

I was hesitant to get into this book as I am not a big fan of stories with strong ties to the occult and psychics. However I did read this only because I am aa big fan of Lisa Unger. She did not disappoint with the tale as the main character struggles with her "new found" abilities and how this affects her life. Great read that is hard to put down as Finley moves out into the world to help a family find their daughter. You soon find yourself drawn into her world and those that she sees and hears that lead her to the results of her search.


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SPL_Heather Oct 01, 2016

Lisa Unger brings readers on a missing child case in Ink and Bone. Finley Montgomery has seen people that others cannot since she was a child. When another tattoo or the roar of her motorcycle can’t drown the voices any longer, Finley moves in with her famed psychic grandmother Eloise in The Hollows in upstate New York. She’s here to ostensibly attend college, but more importantly, to learn from her grandmother some skills to deal with her “gift.”

When private detective and friend Jones Cooper tries to bring his sometimes-partner Eloise in on a case, she calmly tells him that it is Finley’s case. Finley, who is just learning to hone her abilities, reluctantly agrees but desperately wants to help the family recover their missing daughter. Finley is uneasy with her psychic abilities, but soon learns that the messages that she receives from the dead cannot be ignored.

This atmospheric thriller uses fully realized characters to immerse readers into the story. Instead of the flatter characters typically found in suspense novels, the backstories, thoughts, and problems that best-selling author Lisa Unger creates for her characters help to craft a richer story. The novel is told in the third person and chapters are told from multiple character’s perspectives so that we have a more complex plot that moves forward with a quick pace. The dark setting of the small town of The Hollows in a wooded mining community sets a great tone for the unsettling story.

While the missing child plot may be unappealing to some readers, the focus of the story is on the characters and their growth. This is a standalone novel but characters have appeared in previous series for readers who want to explore them deeper. The supernatural elements of the novel are essential yet downplayed – the focus is on the investigation. This genre-bending novel is a great read if you like character development in your thrillers.

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