Fragile - Lisa Unger


By Lisa Unger

  • Release Date: 2010-08-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 272 Ratings


A thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger about the hunt for a missing girl and one community’s intricate yet fragile bonds.

“[A] nail-biting nuanced whodunit.”—People

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 Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn.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

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.


  • Fragile

    By Happily retired
    Too many characters- hard to keep track. Also keeps changing time frames without warning.
  • Love it!

    By Number 1bookworm!
    This is a great book. Very compelling characters, well developed plot and great tempo. I enjoyed it and will read more from this author!
  • Page turner

    By Leslieleo
    This is the first book I have read by this author; it won't be the last. Good and interesting characters. There are a lot of people coming in and out of this full of flashbacks story, so be prepared to keep wondering who each one is. I had to use the iBook search more than once to find out who was who.