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Fragile by Lisa Unger - Excerpt With Bonus Content

Fragile by Lisa Unger - Excerpt With Bonus Content

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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 Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.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?

To read more about Fragile or Lisa Unger, please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
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?

To read more about Fragile or Lisa Unger, please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Aug 3, 2010
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mynovelthoughts reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Fragile is the first novel by Lisa Unger that I've read. I thought that the story was reallt addictive and I managed to read it in a couple of days. However, I began to grow disappointed by the end. There was one part in particular that I found illogical; either I misread it or it was overlooked. I will read other novels by this author and hope that I don't encounter the same problems.
stillwaters12 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was an intriguing read, with a current and a past mystery revealed bit by bit alongside each other. Since they occur in a small town and only one generation apart, many of the same characters are involved in both mysteries. I enjoyed the slow unveiling of the different character's motivations. The book is well-paced, picking up steam toward the end.
pagei_3 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A great read that shows how secrets can spiral out of control, even when you think noone will be affected. It has a lot of twists and turns and the characters are intricate and complex.
shequiltz reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I was interested in this (audio)book in the beginning but began to tire as it dragged on. It is a story of a smallish town and the intertwined lives of several of its residents and now their children. Everyone has secrets and when a teenage girl goes missing, it dregs up the memories of a similar disappearance and murder of a teenager many years earlier. We very slowly learn about the secrets of that murder and how they relate to the present day. This author seemed to need to tie up every last detail, dot every I and cross every T. It became boring. Stop reading this book after you know what happened years ago; the rest is just unnecessary.
livelylady reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The death of a girl a few decades back clashes with the disappearance of a high school girl in the local community. The same people have memories of current and past events. I found it a bit hard to follow, but I am more visual than audio.
labibliophille reviewed this
Rated 2/5
In the cozy New York suburb of The Hollows, all is not well. A teenage girl, Charlene Murray, is missing. Jones Cooper is a detective who is leading the search. He recalls the case of another missing girl. He was a teenager in The Hollows when Sarah Meyers went missing and was later found dead. Charlene's mother remembers it well, as she and Jones were somehow involved in that case.Fragile is another book that travels between the past and the present, but not always so smoothly. Lisa Unger is popular writer, but this is the first book of hers that I have read. For me Fragile was confusing. It was not always so clear which time period we were in, as many of the characters were the same. And the names were confusing, I had trouble remembering who was who.This book was insubstantial. The premise has been done much more effectively in other books. Overall, I would not bother with Fragile.
satxreader reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Oh my! I stayed up until 3 am to finish this book in one sitting. That's several hours I'll never get back. It started strong, but turned completely lame as it got nearer to the "climax". Never read any of Unger's work before and am unlikely to do so now...thank goodness at least I got it at the library.
dgmlrhodes reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I really enjoyed the book. It had themes of regrets, forgiveness and healing. The characters were all believable with good development. Nice story line, although there were too many characters to keep track of and the story would change from present to the past without any type of headings or warning that it was a flashback. It made the book a bit confusing at times. But overall, worth the read. A quick and readable book.
abwahl1998 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I was disappointed with this book! I thought all of the characters were "cliched," and I felt more emphasis was placed on character development rather than the actual story. The constant description of characters through the whole story was a distraction. And, I felt that this didn't really leave the reader much for the imagination.This is the first book I've read by Mrs. Unger. I was not impressed.
bachaney reviewed this
"Fragile" takes the reader to a small New York town in the midst of a crisis. A young runaway is missing, and the town is reeling as it looks to find her. There are echoes of an earlier tragedy in this dissapearance, and the adults of the children involved in the situation can't help but wonder if their old secrets will be dug up. Fragile is written very much like a Jodi Picolt novel. There is a tragedy with children, but the novel spends most of it's time examining the feelings/emotions/past history of the adults in the novel. This can be interesting when done well, but I felt like Fragile had too many story lines and too many main characters, so the novel felt cluttered instead of gripping. Fans of Picolt and similar types of works may enjoy this work, but it was too much for me.

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