The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger

December 17th, 2014 Kimberly Review 57 Comments

17th Dec
The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger
The Burning Girl
by Lisa Unger
Series: The Whispers #2
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger comes the second of three stories in an e-novella about a psychic medium and the strange secrets she begins to uncover--for better or for worse. Ten years after Eloise Montgomery discovers her psychic abilities, she is a full-fledged working psychic, with a partner and a business. Now, in The Burning Girl, she's discovering some disturbing things: secrets about her genealogy that are, perhaps, best left in the past; that her granddaughter Finley has powers of her own; and that not all of Eloise's visitors actually want to be helped. Some of them are just looking for trouble... Writing with the same taut prose that earned her critical acclaim for her explosive thriller Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger delivers a spellbinding story that will leave you wanting more.

The Burning Girl the second novella in a Whispers Story by Lisa Unger picks up ten years after Eloise Montgomery first discovered her physic abilities. We see the toll this gift has taken on her, and get updates on her daughter and the detective who helped her on her first case.

Espresso Review of The Burning Girl 

The Burning Girl once again impressed me with Unger’s writing ability and solidified her as an author whose works I will continue to explore. However, this was not a favorite. The story of the Burning Girl was creepy, dark and had me spellbound. As Eloise tried to ignore this entity, she also worked a case involving a missing wife, and discovered more about how she developed this gift and the implications for loved ones. Doesn’t Burning Girl sounds fantastic? It was right until the end. This is a very short novella, and things just ended like someone chopped off the tail end of it. I honestly thought it was a mistake. My only hope is that the final novella The Three Sisters due out on January 5, 2015 gives me answers.

About Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author. IN THE BLOOD is her latest psychological thriller. And a brand new series of short stories (THE WHISPERS, THE BURNING GIRL and THE THREE SISTERS) will be released over the next few months, followed by a new hardcover CRAZY LOVE YOU in Feb. 2015. Her novels have been named top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper’s Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Life,Publishers Weekly,New York Daily News, Indie Nextand Amazon (Top Ten Thriller of the Year.) More than 1.8 million copies of her books have been sold in 26 languages.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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57 Responses to “The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger”

  1. kindlemom1

    This sounds like it was so very good until that cut up ending! Darn it, I really hate when that happens. Overall though this sounds like a great creepy series.

  2. blodeuedd

    Some bloglovin thing is making it impossible to read this review..well not fast anyway 😉 I need to check in with bloglovin it seems 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      On my blog itself? Like a pop-up or through bloglovin’ itself?

  3. Alreem

    I’m not so into mystry ,, but I love to read something I’m not used to read between time to time .. but I’m still not sure about this one 🙂 lovely review

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I would wait to see if the third novella delivers a conclusion 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was and I get this is a prequel history of sorts, but I am thinking I would have preferred a full length novel instead of these novellas.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe…I agree. *drinks from Dean Winchester glass and smiles*

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    While the paranormal is not my go-to genre, I have enjoyed some of these kinds of books recently…and I am a Lisa Unger fan, so I may have to give this trilogy another look. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rita

    I have read and enjoyed Ms. Unger’s books, but some more than others. I didn’t know she was writing in novella trilogy form also. I know you are disappointed in the end, but I have read several books lately that just stop… seemingly in mid-sentence,,, to be continued in the next book. I think it’s supposed to make you excited to read more, not irritated 🙂

    I’m not sure what I feel about novellas and serials. I used to feel that there wasn’t enough room for decent backstory so I haven’t been seeking this form out in past years. Thanks for a good review, made me think that perhaps I should give this a go just because of author’s name.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If the first novella followed the same, I would have expected it. Usually the over all arc leaves you hanging not the case itself..and that is what happened.

  6. Sophia Rose

    Oh yeah, I cry foul when books end like that too. It always startles me when I’m deep into it and not ready to be done. Hope it does give some closure in the next book.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am excited about reading the series that is already out because of these.

  7. Katherine

    This sounds good! I like that they’re a novella series so I have the character development but I’m not making quite as much as a time commitment. I was intrigued by your review of the first one so I’m glad the second stayed strong.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      What I like is that these tell you more about the physic who assists in the series..and Unger is good I just wish the actual case in this one came to a conclusion.

  8. Faye

    Man, I was reading your review and my eyes popped out at the fact it was a novella when so many things were happening all at once. I can definitely understand the sentiment that it seemed like it was cut too short. Awww ><

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If the case involving the burning girl had concluded it would have ranked higher for me

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wait till I review the final book in the trilogy Paij because this is good, but momma needs answers and if the next book jumps another ten years with no info on the burning girl I will be a tad upset.

  9. Braine Talk Supe

    I’ve been seeing her books everywhere lately but I’m not familiar with her style so I skipped it. I love a good suspense though but I want something that’s a 5-cup read. I want my mind to go BOOM! LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are crime thrillers with a paranormal twist . I get it, and the series has very high ratings..so I will try those

  10. Tyler H Jolley

    I hope you get your answers next month! When I don’t get resolution at the end of a book I literally have dreams/nightmares for weeks.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh me too..I don’t mind the overall arc questions but usually in these type of books the individual cases see resolution. Gads. ..lets hope I get answers..LOL

  11. Naomi

    It is a shame when novella’s end abruptly like that, hopefully the final book has all the details and leaves you satisfied!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think these might be e-book only so you can shop in your pajamas!

  12. Nick

    Well that ending would not please me!! Especially if it was unexpected and it just ends like that. I mean a cliffhanger for a novella? EEKS! Can you blame me for not reading novellas, Kim? LOL! 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I wanted a conclusion regarding the case, and hope I get answers soon

  13. Candace

    That’s too bad it ended too soon. I do love books with psychics and I remember hearing of this series. Probably here, actually. I’ll have to look up the first and see if it’s on my list already.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The actual series is very successful, and I loved the first part of this trilogy prequel so we shall see