Lisa Unger (née Miscione; born April 26, 1970) is an American author of contemporary fiction, primarily psychological thrillers.[1][2]

Lisa Unger
Lisa Unger
Lisa Unger
BornLisa Miscione
(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 52)
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Alma materThe New School for Social Research


Miscione was born in New Haven, Connecticut but grew up in the Netherlands, England and New Jersey. She spent her teens in the Long Valley section of Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey.[3][4] Miscione moved to New York City after high school, where she graduated from the New School for Social Research and spent a decade working in publishing in New York. After a vacation in Florida, where she met her future husband who was vacationing from Detroit, she changed direction. She married Jeff Unger, resigned her job, moved to Florida and gave herself a year to sell her first novel. Fairly quickly she found an agent and sold a deal to produce four crime novels.[2]

Unger published ten books[2] and became an internationally bestselling author with her books being translated into twenty-six languages, with around 2 million sales.[3][5][6] Her first four books were published in her maiden name of Lisa Miscione.[4] Her first release as Lisa Unger was Beautiful Lies in 2006.[2][4] In the Blood won the 2015 Silver Falchion Award for Best Novel (Crime Thriller).[7] and was a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller 2014.[8]



  • Beautiful Lies (2006) – Ridley Jones #1
  • Sliver of Truth (2007) – Ridley Jones #2
  • Black Out (2008) – Standalone
  • Die for You (2009) – Standalone
  • Fragile (2010) – Jones Cooper #1 (The Hollows book 1)
  • Darkness, My Old Friend (2011) – Jones Cooper #2 (The Hollows book 2)
  • Heartbroken (2012) – Standalone
  • In the Blood (2014) – Standalone (The Hollows book 3)
  • Crazy Love You (February 2015) – Standalone (The Hollows book 4)
  • Ink and Bone (June 2016) – Jones Cooper #3 (The Hollows book 5)
  • The Red Hunter (April 2017) – Standalone
  • Under My Skin (Oct. 2018) – Standalone
  • The Stranger Inside (Sep 2019) - Standalone
  • Confessions on the 7:45 (Sept. 2020) – Standalone
  • All My Darkest Impulses (May 2021) – House of Crows #1
  • Fog Descending (May 2021) – House of Crows #2
  • Circling the Drain (May 2021) – House of Crows #3
  • Love the Way You Lie (May 2021) – House of Crows #4
  • Last Girl Ghosted (Oct. 2021) – Standalone
  • Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six (Nov. 2022) - Standalone

Writing as Lisa Miscione. Re-released in 2011 by Crown Publishing Group:


  • The Whispering Hollows (2016) (The Hollows series)


  1. ^ Corrigan, Maureen (March 29, 2015). "The dead are more dangerous than the living in the thriller 'Crazy Love You'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Bancroft, Colette (August 6, 2011). "'Darkness, My Old Friend' author Lisa Unger a sunny personality with a taste for dark side". The Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Franze, Anthony (January 1, 2014). "A Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Unger". The Big Thrill. Delaware: International Thriller Writers. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017. A Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Unger by Anthony J. Franze"], The Big Thrill, January 1, 2014. Accessed May 18, 2016. "My teen years were spent in a small town in New Jersey called Long Valley. When I turned eighteen, I left for college in Manhattan and spent the next thirteen years in New York City. My brother swears that Long Valley was my inspiration for The Hollows.
  4. ^ a b c Cogdill, Oline H. (November 15, 2013). "Exploring the Dark Places: Lisa Unger". Publishers Weekly. New York City, New York: PWxyz, LLC. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ Cole, Christine (February 9, 2015). "Male protagonist adds spice to Lisa Unger novel". The Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  6. ^ Wimbley, Lacretia (August 7, 2016). "'Ink and Bone': A supernatural mystery thriller, deep in a small town". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  7. ^ "In the Blood - Lisa Unger". Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller 2014 - Goodreads Choice Awards". Retrieved 4 September 2016.

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