Sneak Peek at Lisa Unger’s Darkness, My Old Friend

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies and Fragile returns to The Hollows, delivering a thriller that explores matters of faith, memory, and sacrifice.

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.

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lisa-unger-photoLisa Unger is an award winning New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author. Her novels have been published in over 26 countries around the world. She now lives in Florida with her husband and daughter. Her writing has been hailed as “masterful” (St. Petersburg Times), “sensational” (Publishers Weekly) and “sophisticated” (New York Daily News) with “gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose” (Associated Press). Her newest novel, Darkness My Old Friend, is available for pre-order now and will be in stores wherever books are sold on August 2, 2011.

Visit Lisa online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @LisaUnger.

Thank you, RIFers, for your comments! Congrats to winners JoAnne and Debra. We look forward to hearing about their book group discussion of Darkness, My Old Friend and sharing it with all of you in upcoming posts. While this giveaway offer is expired, we’d still love to learn about your group and welcome your comments!

Is your book group all women? All men? Co-ed?

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Are there any types of books your book group will NOT read?

What keeps your book group together – what motivates you to join the discussion every month?


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About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

  • Kim

    My Book Club was lucky enough to be selected to read this book. And although I haven’t been able to finish it yet, so far it is fantastic! This is my first experience with Lisa Unger, and I definitely want to read more. I think everyone will really enjoy this book!

  • Nancy

    Our book club is all women and we like to have study guide material/discussion questions but we usually can keep things going no matter what =)

  • Debra H.

    Our bookgroup is co-ed and consists of my husband and I, plus two other couples in our neighborhood. We get together monthly to discuss the books we’ve been reading, and of course to socialize. We all like the same types of books, and change genres every few months, just to keep the discussions interesting. While we do not rule out non-fiction, we mostly stick with fiction.

    Currently, we are reading Lisa Unger’s previous books, so Darkness My Old Friend would fit really well into our current selections.

  • Ruthie B

    Our group is all women even though men have been invited!
    Yes we use guides if there are any.
    We have read everything except a self help book.
    Our book club is a group of neighbors that meet in each others homes, so I think the neighborly friendliness & cozy home environment just contributes positive vibes for us!

  • Daphne

    Looking forward to reading it!

  • Hedy

    Some friends and I are in the process of starting a book club….this would be a great first book!!! I don’t feel that there would be a type of book that we won’t read….just interested in great stories and time to discuss and socialize.

  • faith

    no book our book group wont read

  • Janet Bedell

    Our book club is comprised of men, women, young, old, working, retired.

  • Joann Bally

    Would love to read this book, thank you so much

  • Lacey Kirchmeier

    I would love to read this book!

  • Jacquelyn Lane

    There are a bunch of ladies on my online group that would love to read this book. We have done Buddy Reads of another of your books previously.

  • Jacquelyn Lane

    There are a bunch of ladies on my online group that would love to read this book.

    Previously we have done group reads of your books.

  • Ellen Bruennig

    Our book group is all women who currently live or lived in the neighborhood. We are women in our 40’s and 50’s. Last month we read Fragile and really enjoyed it!

  • Jessica Hildreth

    Our group is a mixture of many different book lovers. We like a lot of different genres. That’s what makes the books go ’round. Thanks for all you do for us book lovers.

  • Barbara

    Our Book Club has been in existance for over ten years. We have six members and two of us have been in it from the very beginning. We have a great time socializing, drinking wine, having appetizers and ending with dessert and coffee or tea. We also try to fit the food into the theme of the book that we are discussing, We all feel that we have made life long friendships.

  • Sherry

    Our book group is women and we read anything!!

  • JoAnne Vincenti

    Our book group is a group of library people, men and women both. We have used reader’s guides, discussion questions, and/or other materials made available by the author/publisher at times and discuss a variety of different genres. I think what keeps us meeting is our love to read and the enjoyment of sharing what we have read with others.

  • Jerry Crandall

    Sounds tantalizing. Would like to read.

  • Gay Norton

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  • Kathi

    I would love to read this book!!!!!!!! Thanks for the offer 🙂

  • Ann Beauregard

    sounds like a great book!!!!!!

  • Crystal

    I would love this book!!!!!

  • David Roth

    I’m not in a group, but I just read the book and posted my review here:

  • Clenna

    I am dying to read this book.

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