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One of the hundred books a year I read:

Lisa Unger Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Lisa Unger

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Poppy Lang grieves for her husband, Jack, murdered a year earlier. She suffered a psychotic break after his death and disappeared for several days. She’s trying to focus on rebuilding her life and running the agency she and her husband had started, but continues to struggle with nightmares and hallucinations, including the ghostly appearance of Jack, a mystery girl who may have been his mistress, and a shadowy, hooded figure who many be following her. To keep the horrors at arms length, Poppy self-medicates with drugs and alcohol.

Surrounding Poppy are people trying to help—her mother, her childhood best friend and family, and a police detective who hasn’t solved the murder. In an effort to rebalance her life, she goes on a few dates, including with a man who’s past doesn’t seem to line up with his demeanor.

The narrative is told in first person to draw the reader into Poppy’s broken thoughts and hallucinations, including the struggle to determine what’s real and what’s not.

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