Bestselling Tampa Bay author Lisa Unger talks ‘Stranger’ at Oxford Exchange next week

The book landed on several best of lists.

click to enlarge Bestselling Tampa Bay author Lisa Unger talks ‘Stranger’ at Oxford Exchange next week
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A new psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger marks the Bay area local’s 17th release, and she’s celebrating by coincidentally giving a book talk on September 17.

The chat built around The Stranger Inside — which People magazine included her new book in the Best Books of Fall 2019 — will put Unger’s fans inside of Oxford Exchange where they can chop it up with the mind behind what Crimereads called one of the “5 New Psychological Thrillers to read in September.”

The book’s plot generally revolves around the idea that good people do bad things. In it, 12-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escapes abduction while walking to a friend’s house — but her two best friends, Tess and Hank, do not. The abductor is eventually released from prison before someone delivers real justice by killing him in cold blood. Problem is that Rain, who quit her job as a journalist to be a stay-at-home home, starts to feel her dark childhood seeping into her perfect suburban life as a stay-at-home mom. When another released murderer is found dead, Rain can’t draw herself away from the case.

Unger lets Rain revisits her dark past while exploring the mind of both perpetrator and victim. If you’re response to the death penalty or vigilante justice is, “Well, they deserved it,” then you probably want to read this book.

Tickets to see the Best of the Bay-winning author (“Best Local Fiction Writer,” 2015)  and 20-year St. Petersburg resident start at $5. More information on getting a signed copy is available via Oxford Exchange.

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