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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: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307917645
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/21/2014

    " The characters were interesting and quirky. I enjoyed the ex-police officer the most and his struggle to find a place in life. The teen was a bit too angsty for me. But, all in all, I finished and felt satisfied by a good mystery and coming to care about the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabra | 1/11/2014

    " I liked this one much better than Fragile, except, like the other one, it was really obvious how the story would play out. The author also jumps from one character's perspective to another alot. Just when I'm getting interested she jumps to what the son has to say, then the neighbor, then a stranger, then we go back in time. At one point I got confused on who she was talking about and had to backtrack. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/6/2014

    " Didn't care that much for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Sanders | 12/27/2013

    " second book on the Hollows series, loved it! and....kindle readers, free from the library :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 12/15/2013

    " Very good but not as good as others by Lisa Unger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Livingston | 12/14/2013

    " A couple of chapters in, so far so good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/4/2013

    " I was torn between giving this book 2 stars or 3. I liked the story but the characters didn't seem to have a common bond at the ending. Usually you can see how the characters played off each other in the end, but they just left me feeling empty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 12/2/2013

    " Excellent book. I just love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/20/2013

    " I listened to this on audio book. Great for long runs. Suspense but good characters and story as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/14/2013

    " Didn't realize this was the second one and I should have read Fragile first. But good character development and some interesting self realization although with all the therapists not much happenened in their offices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Lunde | 8/9/2013

    " Probably the best Lisa Unger novel yet. For those of you that loved Fragile, this is a must read. I think the quality of Ms. Unger's writing and her storytelling just keeps increasing with every new book; and it was fun to re-visit Jones and Maggie Cooper in the Hollows after the events in Fragile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Garabrandt | 7/14/2013

    " I loved this book! It was great to re-visit sone characters from the last book, especially Jones. The new characters were well rounded and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Sheik | 6/19/2013

    " Really liked this follow up to Fragile. Lots going on in this small town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 4/5/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. This was a very good psychological thriller dealing with past and present mysteries, familial struggles, teenage angst, panic attacks and loss. I loved the character of Jones Cooper the ex-cop who is instrumental in solving everyone's problems from domestic chores to dark mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernice Noble | 2/21/2013

    " very good book. love this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 1/13/2013

    " As usual, Lisa Unger delivers a good tale of interesting chaacters and suspense. Just a bit dark, not so much as her first couple of books. I'm looking forward to an obviious sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 7/10/2012

    " I love Lisa Unger but was just a little underwhelmed by this book, mostly because I solved the mystery pretty quickly. I did enjoy revisiting the characters and setting from her previous novel, as well as meeting some new characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 6/28/2012

    " I thought this book was okay, but was looking forward to more suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen Cosenza | 2/1/2012

    " While I like the characters in this book, I think it was nowhere near the level of Lisa Unger's previous work. I slogged through it, but I was disappointed with it. Her other books were incredibly hard to put down; not so with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia | 10/31/2011

    " Entertaining story, compelling characters, I could read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 10/28/2011

    " second book on the Hollows series, loved it! and....kindle readers, free from the library :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisher | 10/26/2011

    " definitely wish I'd reread the previous book but oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 10/18/2011

    " I thought this book was okay, but was looking forward to more suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 10/15/2011

    " I love Lisa Unger. As stubborn as Jones Cooper is I love Fragile and Darkness, My Old Friend. I hope she continues to write about the Coopers and the Hallows. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 10/9/2011

    " This had the potential to be a real thriller, but it just missed the mark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beadles | 10/6/2011

    " Author is adept at the English language - a big plus for me. Good characterization, interesting plot. I've liked all of her books (exc. perhaps the second one - didn't care for the people).
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/29/2011

    " Good, dark mystery with characters who take hold of your heart and force you to invest in them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen & Gerard | 9/28/2011

    " WOW, oh wow!! Lisa Unger's books are always so good and "Darkness My Old Friend" is no exception! The story line is great, the characters are well developed and the writing is superb! What more in a book do you want? I highly recommend this one!

    (Gerard's review) "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is an award-winning internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold over two million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages.

About the Narrator

Nancy Linari is an actress and Eaphones Award–winning narrator. She has appeared on Fringe, Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and General Hospital. Her theater credits include I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, and I’m Not Rappaport.