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Fragile by Lisa Unger - Reading Group Guide

Fragile by Lisa Unger - Reading Group Guide

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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 Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.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: May 17, 2011
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 “[A] nail-biting whodunit.”
People
“[A] simmering, tragic tale. Fans of authorslike Jodi Picoult will want to read this one in anice comfortable chair.”—Associated Press“This one is a stunner…Unger’s genius isin plotting the story so that the reader neverknows what’s coming next…This is a read thatwill stay with you.”
New York Journal of Books Review 
“Bestselling author Lisa Unger made her markwith a string of successful thrillers—
Beauti-ful Lies 
,
Black Out 
, and
Die for You 
. While hernew novel,
Fragile
, has a mystery (or three)and often unfurls with page-turning suspense,it also mines the more intimate territory offamily and community dynamics.”
Boston Globe
“Unger’s taut and edgy tale stealthily plumbs the depths of desperation that grow more dan-gerous with the passage of time.”
Booklist 
Fragile
delivers everything that Lisa Unger’sreaders have come to expect—a thrilling story that affects complicated and nuanced people.But it’s also a sensitive meditation on the verynature of family and community and the ties that bind us to one another.”—Laura Lippman,
New York Times 
 bestselling author of
Life Sentences 
 ABOUT THIS GUIDE
The questions and discussion topics that follow aredesigned to enhance your reading of Lisa Unger’s
Fragile
. We hope they will enrich your experience asyou explore this tale of haunting memories and thepower to redeem.
INTRODUCTION
Lisa Unger’s novels have thrilled readers around theglobe, blending suspenseful story lines and thought-provoking portraits of humanity. With
Fragile
, she takesus to the very heart of fear, in a town where the sins of fathers are visited upon their sons and love is tested instartling ways.Making their home in The Hollows, a seemingly quaintvillage outside New York City, psychiatrist MaggieCooper and her policeman husband, Jones, are all toofamiliar with the private lives of their town’s longtimeresidents. But when their son’s girlfriend, Charlene,goes missing, they are eerily reminded of their ownyouth, when Maggie’s high-school friend was foundbrutally murdered. Law enforcement proves to be adangerous game in the case of Charlene’s disappear-ance; the top cop in The Hollows is no stranger toMaggie and Jones: he was a bully when they weregrowing up together, and now his son, Marshall, isone of Maggie’s patients, a wounded soul who hassuffered years of abuse. In a race against time touncover the truth about Charlene and the desperatehours when her friends last heard from her, the questleads Maggie to discover a long-buried secret abouther husband
a tragic realization that will threateneverything she holds dear. In a community where thepast is always present and no one is above suspicion,
Fragile
delivers a gripping story of love and loyalty.
 
BROADWAY BOOKS READING GROUP GUIDE
FRAGILE
A NovelLisa Unger, bestselling author of 
Beautiful Lies
and
Die for You 

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