Review: Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger


Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger 

Published by: Touchstone

Date of Publication: June 7th 2016

Genres: Mystery Thriller/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Pages: 352

Format: eGalley (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75 stars)



Goodreads Synopsis:

An instant page-turner (Lisa Gardner) that straddles the line between thriller and horror…sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, including Stephen King fans. (Booklist, starred) A young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance. 

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.


I’d like to thank Touchstone for providing me with a eGalley of Ink & Bone by Lisa Unger via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I guess I should start off by saying that horror is NOT my thing! this gal right here has avoided the Freddy intro ever since first hearing it at the age of 10. I was the girl who avoided spook every Halloween & somehow always managed to get “accidentally” egged LOL. The mere mention of a spirit or ghost in my home was enough to keep me up several nights & my dear old g’ma used this as a way to get my sister & I settled down when being too rowdy at night. Fast Forward to 2016 & Spookathon Read-alongs are EVERYWHERE! can’t escape them. I decided to start Ink & Bone since it was described as a mystery thriller with an ominous cover but no mention of spook just a couple of psychics….I can do psychics right?…

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger sunk its teeth into me from the 1st page & never let me go. It starts off with a prologue which I surprisingly enjoyed. It gives us a piece of the puzzle & lingers in your mind as the story unfolds. We get introduced to a couple who have been married for 16 years (unhappily so) with 2 kids. They are both night & day, Wolf is a writer and Merri is an editor. Wolf is also quite the charmer & the player, being unfaithful from day 1. Merri is aware of his philandering but has come to accept it as the norm, knowing that he hasn’t been faithful for longer than a year at a time. Merri also knows that Wolf loves her, they have amazing sexual chemistry, and when its good its great. Its the every day cycle of their lives as parents filled with repetition and very little adventure that bores Wolf. While carrying on a relationship with another woman (complete opposite of Merri), Wolf decides that the family needs a little getaway, packs them up, and heads to The Hollows. A town filled with mystery, death, and sadness but of course at the time Wolf had no idea. Wrapped up in his own needs & wants, Wolf hasn’t found a way to cut ties with his lover and instead is stringing her along. At the end of the day he knows that he loves Merri & that he wants to be faithful, that Merri is the only woman that can truly have a hold on his heart. It’s during a outing with the kids on a hiking trail in The Hollows that everything changes for the worse. Even though we are shown what happens in the prologue, I won’t do so beause I want you ALL to read it for yourselves & enjoy it just as much I did of course HAHA! the events however, only further put a strain on their marriage. Throw in resentment, regret, guilt and what you have is a recipe for divorce…or not? won’t give that away 😉

We also get introduced to Finley Montgomery who i’ve already added to my collection of fave female protagonists. Finley is described as having neon pink & black hair, tattoo sleeves (most of her back is covered), and a motor bike she rides all over town. Finley lives with her grandmother Eloise in The Hollows, they both are survivors of a tragic accident that left them with the powers to connect to the dead. Finley is able to see the dead who linger in this town with unresolved business. Kudos to Unger, the descriptions of these dead ones was haunting & bone chilling which led me to have to read Ink and Bone with the lights on. The Hollows is a place with abnormally high levels of abductions, murder, and abortions. It calls to others who like Finley, are able to see or feel those that have crossed over to the other side. It isn’t long before Finley’s path crosses with Merri & her family. Eleven months after the disappearance of Abbey (Merri & Wolf’s daughter), Meri still feels that there is hope and decides to resume her search by hiring an independent detective known for his work with psychics. Detective Jones Cooper has solved many cases alongside Eloise (Finley’s g’ma) but this time he will find himself working with Finley who is trying to learn how to control & set boundaries for her powers.


This book had me at the edge of my seat in certain parts & in others it had me searching for the light switch. The writing is haunting and a bit disturbing, I found myself wanting to know more about The Hollows but NEVER wanting to visit. The Hollows is described by Eloise to be some sort of vortex or place of power (maybe even a vacuum) that acts like a magnet for negativity which would explain all of the death. We even get to see dead spirits of three young girls who were accused & burned as witches. Unger brought The Hollows to life for me, it was a very atmospheric read that left me googling to see if it exists…haven’t found it yet (thankfully lol). I also felt that although there was resolution, we also get a sense that she’s leaving the door open for more. I can only hope that this gets turned into a series since there seems to be plenty of material & Finley is only just now getting acquainted with her powers. I did find The Whispering Hollows which is a collection of 3 short stories introducing us to The Hollows (before Ink and Bone was published) & I will be reading this in November since it’s only 159 pgs. & my curiosity for The Hollows is unusually great. If you’re looking for your next Booktober or fall read, Ink and Bone is the way to go 😉


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30 thoughts on “Review: Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger”

    1. Thank you 😊💕 When you live on a Brooklyn Street in NYC, walking down the block on Halloween can be considered risqué 😂 I had no choice coming home from school. 3 years in a row 😒 one year it came from an upstairs window smh. Horror has never been my thing lol but this one was spookfilled & I managed ok LOl I’m not ready for King but maybe I’ll try his Bill Hodges’s trilogy since that’s more of a thriller

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  1. Lol gotta love NYC and all these damn eggs. Lord knows how many times I’ve been inside a bus and it gets egged. Anyways!! Awesome review, I have ordered the book already and plan on reading it sooner rather than later! I loved how you described the writing to be “haunting” yessssss I need it! And Salem vibes??? hmmmmmmm

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    1. Absolutely Salem vibes all the way! I know you’re gonna enjoy this one, the writing IS haunting & I just need more of it LOL smh. Let me not go from complete horror avoider to a big horror fanatic 😂😂😂 thanks Gretchen 😉

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  2. I want to read this one so bad! I’m actually impatiently waiting for my check to hit the bank so I can order it. I’m like you and scare really easily (yet I still watch all of those scary movies and wonder why I can’t sleep 🙈) so I’ll keep in mind to read this with the lights on haha. Great review, Lilly! 😊

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    1. Haha! I’m not there yet, the watching of the scary movies that is 🙈 at least when reading, my imagination does it’s best to pull the breaks when it’s getting real haha! Thank you Melissa 😊💕 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😉

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      1. For me, I think it’s the opposite because with scary movies I always end up covering my face but with books I can’t not read all of it. I end up more freaked out by scary parts in books than scary movies 😂. You’re welcome and I hope so too. 😊

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  3. Fab review! Just like you, horror is not my thing, but I have decided to muster the little courage left in my body after Stephen King’s books drained me of any desire to read horror again, and this book sounds perfect to dip the toe back into a genre I am so afraid of!

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  4. I am so glad you got over your horror fear and read this book because this review is amazing! And I’m so glad you loved it. That’s the worst when you recommend a book and the person doesn’t like it. Lately, I must be recommending good ones. 🙂 Finley is an awesome female protag. I loved her and the whole development throughout the story. The noises from the start had me so intrigued, and then after that prologue, I was like what is happening? I was dying to know. It’s like the perfect amount of mystery and creep. 🙂

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    1. Yes Jill! Thank you for recommending this one to me😬 it was the perfect amount of mystery & creep like you said. I need more Finley in my life though lol, really hoping this gets turned into a series. Are you going to read the prequel 3 short stories that introduce The Hollows? I’ve added it to my November TBR since it’s short & something I can read at the office 😆 you’ve been recommending some really good ones 😉

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  5. Lmao, you avoided the Freddy intro? I love singing it when I’m just doing household chores :’). Uh, okay, that’s actually pretty creepy. Forget I said that XD. Fabulous review Lilly! This book has been on my TBR since I’ve read some of the other raving reviews out there, but now it’s even higher up there because The Hollows sound like a place I do not want to be stuck in, but definitely want to read aaaall about as well!

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    1. Thanks Anne! & if you were standing next to me & broke out in that theme song, you’d probably turn around to the sound of a swinging door…my hasty exit LOL! The Hollows is def a place you don’t want to live in but can’t help wanting to read more about. Fingers crossed for a series 😉

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