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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,862 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 2010 ISBN: 9780307715401
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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  Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.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?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tfalcone | 2/18/2014

    " Typical Lisa Unger story, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Fick | 2/15/2014

    " My least favorite of her's, but still really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 2/14/2014

    " Engrossing story about a girl who goes missing in a small town. Interesting relationships between the characters, many of which grew up in this same town and now have teenage children who are friends with the missing girl. The story alternates between the past and the present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin J | 2/12/2014

    " This was a good book, but I personally prefer more twists and turns. I guess because my life has plenty of the kind of drama you just can't make up, i like books that are really beyond what might happen in real life. This book seemed to be something that could have really happened somewhere in a small town. It was a good story though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/11/2014

    " So much to this story. Really had to pay attention or you could get lost. Quite dreary and depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karyn | 12/19/2013

    " Hate hate hate books that provide a prologue letting you know something terrible will happen or a character will do something awful. Ruined it for me, couldn't finish. Was a pretty major downer right from page one. "

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

    " an intertwining tail of murder, disappearances and the lives affected by lies and omissions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli Stephenson | 11/28/2013

    " Nothing spectacular (yet I could not put it down---that is how I am with mysteries, I HAVE to know). Good plot, interesting characters, some disturbing parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene Emanuel | 10/13/2013

    " Loved this book it was a good one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 9/4/2013

    " Enjoyed this book, and think you develop an affection for the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brashears | 8/9/2013

    " Great character development and enjoyed the story completely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 7/13/2013

    " A haunting novel that will keep you guessing and wide awake way past midnight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra Morris | 6/16/2013

    " This book captures the small town atmosphere well. The mystery was pretty good but seemed to drag on a bit at the very end. I did enjoy the read but I'm not sure that this is a book that will stay with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 6/9/2013

    " A girl was missing, and though she's run away from home, it brought back memories of another girl who'd gone missing a couple decades before and was found murdered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 4/17/2013

    " I thought this book started out as a fairly interesting and engaging novel. Once the "mystery" was solved, the book dragged on for an additional 100 pages, at least. There was just too much- too many characters, too many perspectives, too many sub-stories, too many loose ends to tie up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 9/26/2012

    " Great book. I related to the mom and her emotions of letting go of a son who is just growing up, the fear you always have that you did not do or could not do enough to keep your family safe and happy. The plot was interesting and kept me wanting to read the book every chance I got. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeny Burrell | 6/24/2012

    " Extra .5 star for keeping me entertained at the in-laws "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlene | 3/20/2012

    " Listened to audio version and it was good road trip material--enough to keep you from falling asleep, but not a must-read by any means. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Maliner | 3/14/2012

    " really good mystery and psychological examination of the ways people's lives intersect. How making choices good/ bad, have ripple effects we sometimes don't realize or understand. Great book to read during a hurricane! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda Simonson | 2/15/2012

    " Slow start, finish is much better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vonda | 12/10/2011

    " I would rate this book a 4.5 if I could. The novel is complex and multilayered with a very satisfying conclusion. It kept me reading well into the wee hours of the morning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 9/19/2011

    " The number of characters/points of view in this book drove me crazy. Many of them were completely unnecessary and barely would have affected the plot at all if they'd been removed. However, I give this one three stars because it did keep me interested enough to read it in two days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 9/19/2011

    " It was good. Had a bit of a twist in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 8/13/2011

    " Overall a good book. Starts you thinking of all of your own "what if's" and "if only's". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Stoner | 6/25/2011

    " As a graduate of the New York School for Social Research, Lisa Unger always invests her novels with so much more than mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 6/15/2011

    " I liked this book and recommend it as entertaining. It reads quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 5/27/2011

    " This is the first book I have read by Lisa Unger and it was a wonderful story. The characters were full, complicated and oh-so human. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/24/2011

    " I really give this 3 1/2 stars. I like some of her other books better. Her writing is good, the story is almost over developed and the ending is too tidy. But I am glad I read it. Entertaining read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 5/23/2011

    " Unger does such a good job of creating dread in the first thirty or so pages that I know I don't have the energy to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennelle | 5/19/2011

    " Lots of twists and turns and everyone seems to be connected in one way or another in this small town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/9/2011

    " Wrapped up a little too neatly at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/3/2011

    " Loved it, I was hooked from the first page "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newett1att.net | 5/2/2011

    " I really liked this story. It was hard at first to determine which character she was talking about when she would change chapters. Once you firgured that out, the reading got easier. I would give this author another chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 4/20/2011

    " This book was just what the doctor ordered, after all the long, long books I've read this year. A quick moving plot and every question satisfyingly answered in the end. Perfect! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/9/2011

    " I liked this book but found way too many instances of circumstances that were beyond belief. Some of the emotions and motivations just did not ring true to me and took away some of the enjoyment I would have felt reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/4/2011

    " This book had lots of twists and turns. About small town life and how the people there can be and are interconnected in so many ways, both good and bad. Good mystery with lots of different characters that all grew up and went to high school together. Secrets and lies that can end up coming out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 4/2/2011

    " I listened to this book and really liked it a lot. Kept me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/1/2011

    " This book stuck with me for awhile after reading. It can be slow, but the ending is worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 3/31/2011

    " Nothing too original in the premise, but an engaging read anyway. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold over one million copies in the United States and have been translated into twenty-six different languages. She currently lives in Florida.

About the Narrator

Nancy Linari is an actress known for The Social Network, Civilization V, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.