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FRAGILE


By Lisa Unger

Shaye Areheart Books, August 2010 ($24.00)
ISBN-10: 0307393992
ISBN-13: 978-0-307-39399-9

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

The Hollows is an affluent yet insular suburb of New York City. The kind of place where everyone knows everyone else and everyone else's business, including the trivial and the dark secrets. The disappearance of a young woman seems to parallel the disappearance of another young woman decades before. Maggie Cooper, a psychologist, and her husband Jones Cooper, a detective, must revisit the past when suspicion for the second girl's diappearance falls on their son Rick.

Girls disappearing is mysterious but this novel is more about family and community. Do you really know the people around you or close to you? Do you really know them or only think you do?

I think fans of Lisa Unger will find FRAGILE engrossing and thrilling. It wasn't my cup of tea, as they say. I grew up in a small-town that was hiding very dark secrets. "Dysfunctional" described most of the people I knew including my family. I expected more from the story than I found.

Other books by this author include: DIE FOR YOU, BLACK OUT, SLIVER OF TRUTH, and BEAUTIFUL LIES.

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