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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,706 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Unger Narrator: Nancy Linari Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollows Series Release Date:
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After giving up his post at the Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He is having trouble facing a horrible event from his past and finding a second act. He’s in therapy. Then, on a brisk October morning, he has a visitor. Eloise Montgomery, the psychic who plays a key role in Fragile,comes to him with predictions about his future, some of them dire.

Michael Holt, a young man who grew up in The Hollows, has returned looking for answers about his mother, who went missing many years earlier. He has hired local PI Ray Muldune and psychic Eloise Montgomery to help him solve the mystery that has haunted him. What he finds might be his undoing. 

Fifteen-year-old Willow Graves is exiled to The Hollows from Manhattan when six months earlier she moved to the quiet town with her novelist mother after a bitter divorce.  Willow is acting out, spending time with kids that bring out the worst in her. And when things get hard, she has a tendency to run away—a predilection that might lead her to dark places.

Set in The Hollows, the backdrop for Fragile, this is the riveting story of lives set on a collision course with devastating consequences. The result is Lisa Unger’s most compelling fiction to date.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 2/13/2014

    " It is interesting, but not special. The Hollows, the name of the town where mysteries abound, is a place of hollowed-out people. Unhappily married couples, unhappy divorced singles with damaged children, and never married but desperately pining individuals all collide, eventually, and several unsolved disappearances are finally resolved. There s a psychic, a retired cop, a psychiatrist, several messed up teens, abused wives and evil husbands, bored wives and mines. It passes the time if you wait for a bus every day. Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry slow to get to anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bea | 2/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The writer, Lisa Unger, created believable characters who all had their own secrets and skillfully wove them into a coherent whole. The story's underlying theme was secrets and lies and the consequences that can result. I will definitely read more of this author's works. Very good read. It kept me engaged with the story the whole way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 1/30/2014

    " Some of Lisa Unger's books are very good, others are not. This is in the latter category. There are numerous small stories that come together at the end but are confusing when she jumps around. Jones Cooper is a retired police officer getting slowly bored by house chores and helping out neighbors. When he is asked to locate a woman, he jumps at the chance. Michael Holt is a disturbed young man who has returned to the home of his deceased father to put the house up for sale. He asks the police to reopen the case of his missing mother. Willow Graves is a young teenager whose mother relocated them from New York City to the small town of The Hollows. She is a typical rebellious teen but is very close to her mother. These main characters all meet on a rainy night when Michael's memory returns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mircats | 1/24/2014

    " Another quality book from Unger. The book doesn't reach a denouement in the last few pages after building suspense, it reaches a climax then ties up loose ends. "

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