Fragile by Lisa Unger
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New York Times bestseller, Good Morning America Top Book Pick, Walmart Bookclub Pick, and Unger named an "Emerging Author" by Target! 

Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It's a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another's kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows's insular embrace. As a psychologist, her knowledge of family histories provides powerful insights into her patients' lives. So when the girlfriend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie's intuitive gift proves useful to the case--and also dangerous. 

Eerie parallels soon emerge between Charlene's disappearance and the abduction of another local girl that shook the community years ago when Maggie was a teenager. The investigation has her husband, Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely.  Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.  In a town where the past is always present, nobody is above suspicion, not even a son in the eyes of his father.  

"I know how a moment can spiral out of control," Jones says to a shocked Maggie as he searches Rick's room for incriminating evidence. "How the consequences of one careless action can cost you everything."

As she tries to reassure him that Rick embodies his father in all of the important ways, Maggie realizes this might be exactly what Jones fears most. Determined to uncover the truth, Maggie pursues her own leads into Charlene's disappearance and exposes a long-buried town secret--one that could destroy everything she holds dear. This thrilling novel about one community's intricate yet fragile bonds will leave readers asking, How well do I know the people I love? and How far would I go to protect them?

About Lisa Unger

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Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold more than 1.5 million copies and have been translated into twenty-six different languages. She lives in Florida. Visit
Published July 28, 2010 by Crown. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the novel’s most moving scene, Ricky offers his tormented father the understanding and acceptance Jones is shamed to realize he has never given his son.

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When Charlene disappears one night after a fight with her mother, Maggie and Jones wonder if she ran off to Manhattan, but are reminded of the disappearance 20 years earlier of Sarah Meyers, whose mutilated body was found after she vanished on her way home from school.

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He goes on to spend years in state prison before he dies by his own hand.With this background, we fear that Charlene has been abducted or murdered by the evil force or forces that killed Sarah.

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Book Reporter

A senior at The Hollows High, Rick can hardly wait to graduate and get out of this town.

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Tampa Bay Times

Their teenage son, Ricky, is rebellious in the standard-issue manner — punky clothes, pierced nose, questionable girlfriend — but bright and basically a good kid.

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Gather Books

However the author, Lisa Unger develops an intricate description of each character, covering not only their past secret lives as well as their present lives.

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Deseret News

"Fragile" (Shaye Areheart Books, $24), by Lisa Unger: Folks in a small town descend into darkness and revisit long forgotten memories when a young girl disappears in "Fragile," Lisa Unger's latest novel.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

The Crosby family are all policemen and bullies– “the gene gets stronger every generation.” Jones hates his mother for dominating his life, but dominates his son and disbelieves him in turn, reflecting his own fears onto Ricky without bothering to think about who the new generation really is.

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Chick Lit Central

The Hollows is a place of refuge from the big city, a place where parents come to raise their children with time honored values and in the safety of a close community.

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