- Written by: Lisa Unger
- Published by: Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, February 10, 2015
- Length: 352 pages
- Source: arc from the author in consideration of an honest review
Summary: Love hurts … Sometimes it even kills.
Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.
Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…(publisher)
My Thoughts: From the start I felt sympathetic towards Ian, a young child doted on by his mother until his little sister is born. It’s unclear at first but after she kills her infant her depression is much deeper. The rumors are shushed but she is sent to a psychiatric hospital and Ian spends his life with whispers behind his back. His drawings and art become his life, and his friend Priss. The pleadings of Priss saved him once and he know she would defend him against anyone. He learns her temper is fierce.
His success as a graphic novelist doesn’t fix his personal life. Now grown Ian’s father has died and he still returns to visit his mother in The Hollows. His novels are all about Fat Boy and Priss, she is a sexy,super hero still fighting his battles. They appear to have a dysfunctional on again off again romance, also fueled by drugs and alcohol.
As Ian falls for nearly perfect Megan he senses that Priss is sabotaging his life, popping in, destroying drawings and causing problems. Ian is not in the best shape. He’s trying to clean up and plan a wedding and happily ever afters, but someone is in his way.
This books is gripping. Priss was dark and mysterious. The most frightening books are the ones when you don’t know what the evil really is.
Loved this book, and Lisa Unger’s work in general. Grab it!!