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Under My Skin

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  663 Ratings  ·  394 Reviews
What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It's been a year since Poppy's husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan's Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn't recognize. What happened to Po
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Park Row (first published September 24th 2018)
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Hypnagogia - the state between sleep and consciousness. Twilight. When you‘re dreaming...yet somewhat awake.

Poppy is a recent widow. Last year she lost her husband to a violent death. Her life since has been a series of breakdowns and desperate attempts at crawling back to a life she no longer recognizes.

The police have no clues why her husband Jack was targeted and killed. To make matters worse, she now has the feeling there’s a hooded figure following her. Is she also in danger? Or was Jack's
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm a huge Lisa Unger fan, but this one just wasn't my favorite of her novels to date. I found myself a little confused in the first half; I had to go back to sections and double check what I had read which became tedious. It's quite possible I'm over the psychological thrillers that have a dream sequence plot, and that's on me. Not a bad read, but left me feeling underwhelmed in comparison to all the other novels by Unger that I've read. Full review to come closer to pub date.

*I received a revi
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"I wonder if anyone notices that I am a ghost in my life."

Poppy's husband, Jack, was murdered one year ago during his morning run in the park. After his funeral, Poppy disappeared. Her best friend and Mother were concerned and even more worried when Poppy showed up wearing a red dress, confused and with no memory as to where she was during those missing three days. Hospitalized with a "nervous breakdown", Poppy recovers but still does not have any memory of those lost days.

"What is read and wha
Susanne Strong
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
4 Stars.

A Crazy Compelling Psychological Thriller!

Poppy lost her husband Jack a year ago now - when he was murdered in what the police say was a random event, though they don’t have any answers as to what happened to him. Poppy, can’t let go of what she lost that fateful night and unfortunately she can’t remember a thing about what happened immediately thereafter, as she disappeared for a few days and everything is still a blur.

Now her dreams consume her, she sees images and doesn’t know if they
Holly  B

I have enjoyed a few of Lisa Unger's novels and I was really looking forward to this one. This one is about Poppy, who is searching for her husband's killer.

It has been a year since her husband was murdered while on his morning jog, and Poppy is struggling to make sense of it. She is determined to get answers. As she dreams/has nightmares she can't seem to reconcile if they are actually "memories" of events that could be helpful in solving his murder. She is also downing sleeping pills that blu
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It has been explained thoroughly. All options have been explored and dismissed. The outcome is inevitable. Yet when this anticipated death arrives, we are stunned and shaken.
If prior warning of deaths arrival stuns us, imagine the effect of a sudden violent murder can be to the loving wife of the victim.
Poppy Lang, the heroine of Under My Skin, waved goodby to her husband, Jack, as he sets off on an early morning jog through Riverside Park. Hours later Detective Grayson is asking her questions b
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Lisa Unger has written sixteen novels and it's a travesty that I have only read three of them. Because OMFG this was really good! It literally competed with waiting for the Quebec election results. Not an easy task since I love my politics. Also, whom ever is responsible for selecting book covers for Unger needs a nice vacation or a raise because suspense books shouldn't be this eye catching gorgeous but these definitely are.
No need to rehash the plot as it's quite well explained in the blurb.
4.5 maze like stars!

Lisa Unger has created a maze that both captivated and surprised me with her latest thriller, Under My Skin.

Poppy, a talented and successful media specialist and photographer, is recovering from the murder of her husband in a what appeared to be a "random act of violence." After his murder, which never was solved, she had a breakdown and was hospitalized. All that she remembers of that time is the day of the murder and waking up in the hospital. Her best friend found her in
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
POV/s: First-person, singular
Triggers? No.
Tone: Defeated
HEA? (view spoiler)

Poppy Lang’s life is in disarray two days after her husband’s funeral. She has a nervous breakdown and can’t recall where she was or what she was doing after Jack was laid to rest. These unaccounted hours are what this story is centered around.

This story picks up a year after Jack’s death. Poppy has completed a short stint in a psychiatric facility, has returned to the agency s
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: give-aways, netgalley
Really fantastic!! I've read Lisa Unger before and she never disappoints!! The characters in this book feel so real and believable. I felt their struggles and frustrations. The ending was a complete surprise, as all good mysteries should be.

I highly recommend this book for all psychological thriller book lovers!

Special thanks to NegGalley for the advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.
Lisa Gardner
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Unger is one of my favorite suspense novelists. I love this very Hitchcockian tale of a recently widowed woman, still searching for the truth behind her husband's recent murder.

In the time since her husband, Jack’s brutal murder, almost a year prior, Poppy had spiraled into depression; lost days that she had no memory of; moved out of their comfortable and well-loved home to a stark and sterile apartment; and tried to keep the business that she and Jack owned, running. Poppy’s visits to her psychologist were regular and calming but once she was back into her life, her uncertainties and grief continued. Poppy’s best friends, Layla and Mac, tried to care for her, bu
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Poppy’s husband Jack was killed whilst out jogging in Manhattan’s Riverside Park. Poppy is not coping with her loss and is dependent on sleeping pills,unsure whether her dreams are dreams or reality that she has forgotten about.

It was a real life sliding doors moment, if she had of gone for a jog with Matt would he still be alive?

This story was like peeling an onion, every layer revealed another layer as memories were retrieved. I wasn’t sure who was more confused with what was going on me or Po
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of Under My Skin by Lisa Unger from Net Galley for my review.

An exciting and twisty psychological thriller that will keep you reading and wanting more.

Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Under my Skin by Lisa Unger is a psychological thriller about Poppy who's husband Jack is murdered one morning while he is out running.
Poppy is determined to find out who the killer is and why this has happened. Unfortunately she is having nightmares and is taking a lot of pills. She thinks someone is stalking her and she is having blackouts and losing time.
I found this book really confusing and this affected my enjoyment of the book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and HQ for my e-copy in excha
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
So, I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Lisa Unger. I was ecstatic to get my hands on an early arc of Lisa's newest book.

I found myself a tad bit confused in the beginning and had to check couple of times that the characters matched up etc. This became a tad annoying for me and tad tedious. It's a high probability that I may just be a little over psychological thrillers?? haha

Poppy's husband was murdered to a random event as the police have told her. Poppy can't let go of her husband.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A intentional confusing psychological thriller that may just get under your skin

Poppy‘s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during a morning run in Manhattan. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spirals into a dark depression and disappears for several days, only to turn up disheveled and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. She can’t remember where she was or who she was with. She was hospitalized with a nervous breakdown. As her depression continues she is unable to t
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa Unger is a new favorite author for me. This is the third book I've read by her and all of them have been really good! Poppy was a good character who was dealing with the fact that her husband was murdered and the case hasn't been solved. Poppy had a breakdown and had to get help from a counsellor as well as medication to help her sleep which she is mixing with pills her friend Layla gave her and alcohol. Poppy thinks someone is following her, but she doesn't know what is real and what is im ...more
Helen Power
A year ago, Poppy’s husband was brutally murdered while out for an early-morning jog. Poppy can’t remember what happened to her in the days following his death. She hasn’t been the same ever since.  At night, she’s having terrible nightmares, and during the day, she keeps seeing a hooded man who follows her everywhere. But how much of this is real? Are the nightmares memories? Does the hooded man even exist? But, most importantly, does Poppy have buried memories of who killed her husband, and if ...more
JuJu (Julie)
3.5 ⭐‘s. Haunting suspense with a touch of paranormal! Poppy narrates the story, alternating between past, present, dreams and memories—sometimes unexpectedly. At times I wasn’t sure which of these I was reading, and felt as confused as Poppy! I would have given it a higher rating if some of the transitions were easier to follow. However, when I wasn’t confused, I was totally enthralled by Lisa’s storytelling.

Poppy tells us about her husband’s unsolved murder and the guilt she feels. She keeps r
Kristy K
It feels like I haven't finished a book in weeks. Under My Skin had the unfortunate luck of being read during my reading slump and busy work month. This may have contributed to my lackluster feelings about the book; I'm not sure. I do know that I struggled with the first half of the book, and I found part of the ending a little over the top, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

I have an issue with books that use insomnia or pill popping to make an unreliable character. I'm just not a fan of tha
Alafair Burke
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do we know the difference between memories and nightmares? Under My Skin is a twisty, captivating psychological thriller that explores the lingering toll of grief and the enduring power of love and loyalty. This is Lisa Unger at the top of her game.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talk about a book that will make your head spin!! I will admit for the first bit I was slightly confused but I think that’s mostly due to the fact the Unger is such a fantastic writer that she just drew me into the tangled web that is Poppy’s life so wholly. Once I caught on I was utterly hooked, and found myself totally caught up and invested in this one.

I haven’t so strongly felt a characters paranoia and unease since The Woman in the Window, I had similar feelings while reading this especiall
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Under My Skin was a solid 4 stars for me. A psychological thriller that centers around main character Poppy. Poppy is in a bad place-ever since her husband was brutally murdered by some unknown assailant, she has been coping by sleeping very little and taking pills. Worse, most likely due to the lack of sleep and the pills, she can’t always separate reality from the imaginary and is prone to blackouts and flashbacks.Throughout the book, Poppy is obsessed with solving her husband’s murder, which ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
It's been a year since Poppy lost her husband, Jack, who was brutally murdered during a run through Manhattan's Riverside Park. She has never truly gotten over his death. And stranger still is the fact that Poppy disappeared after the funeral and later shows up in a tight red dress before collapsing. Poppy doesn't have a clue to what happened to her during those days, and the murder of Jack is still unsolved. Poppy is having nightmares and blackouts, and she has problems telling the difference b ...more
Sherri Thacker
Under My Skin is about a woman who has lost her husband in a horrific crime one early morning while he was jogging. The story goes back and forth between the real time and her dreams but she can’t figure out what was real, what was a dream. I found myself getting confused many times during this book but I wanted to find out if they found the killer(s). I enjoyed this book and will look for more books written by Lisa Unger. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to re ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a story about Poppy and her journey after her husband Jack is brutally beaten to death while out for an early morning run. A run that they usually do together,except that morning, Poppy was ill and opted to stay in bed. Think how guilty you would feel that you weren't there with Jack. That maybe your extra presence could have prevented it. Is that what is going on with Poppy?

We are taken for a wild ride inside Poppy's head a year after the murder of Jack. Her entire life has unraveled.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poppy is grieving the loss of her husband. It has been a year since he was murdered, and the case has not been solved. Soon after her husband's death, Poppy disappeared from her family and friends for a few days. She never told them where she was or what she was doing, and, in fact, Poppy has blocked those days from her memory. Now that Poppy is attempting to move on, she wants to remember those days, and feels that if only she could regain her memories, she could discover what happened to her h ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dreams and pictures, pictures and dreams.

Jack and Poppy are successful photographers, living a “picture perfect” life in New York. Until one cold morning when Jack unknowingly jogs to his death, the victim of a random act of city violence. Poppy is left to pick up the pieces of their life together, but she’s a haunted woman. More and more often, she simply breaks from reality. Are her visions real or dreams? Hallucinations or memories? Chemical induced phantoms or genuine ghosts? How can you sol
Wendi Lee
*4.5 stars*

Another stunning book by Lisa Unger!

A year has gone by, but Poppy is still reeling from the unsolved murder of her husband, Jack. It doesn’t help that she lost time shortly after his funeral, or that her reality is being peppered with hallucinations of places she’s certain she’s never been, and people she’s never met. What happened to Jack? And is someone stalking Poppy, or is she slowly losing her mind?

I loved this thriller. You feel unsteady the whole time you read, the scenes beau
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Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels. Her new release UNDER MY SKIN is named one of the most anticipated and top thrillers of fall 2018 by BookBub, Bookish, Library Journal, Booklist, PopSugar and CrimeReads!

Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been voted “Best of the Yea
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