by Lisa Unger
Series: The Whispers #2
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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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.
Sharon - Obsession with Books
The abrupt ending would frustrate me, I’m pleased you enjoyed it up until the end – I do enjoy a good mystery.
A great review Kimba.
I am hoping we get answers in the next book.
Bummer! Hopefully the next one will make up for the abrupt ending.
Oh lord I hope so Diana
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.
The actual series is very successful, and I loved the first part of this trilogy prequel so we shall see
Creepy is nice sometimes, sad the book fell a little downhill for you though. Great review.
I wanted a conclusion regarding the case, and hope I get answers soon
aww sorry to hear this one fell a little short, hope the next one fixes that!
Thanks Lily appreciate it 🙂
What a shame that the end was cut off. Here’s hoping the last one makes up for it.
fingers crossed, thanks Sharon 🙂
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! 😀
thank you Nick…that is exactly how I reacted
I really, really love these kinds of books. Jan 5th you say. I’m thinking I’m going to be shopping right around then. 🙂
Anna from Shout with Emaginette
I think these might be e-book only so you can shop in your pajamas!
Thanks for the post!
It is a shame when novella’s end abruptly like that, hopefully the final book has all the details and leaves you satisfied!
Eep..right I am hoping
Ah what a shame Kim. I hope the third and final novella in the series rocks the boat for you. Thanks for sharing as always!
fingers-crossed my friend
Melissa (Books and Things)
Sounds more like a serial. I don’t enjoy those. I’ll wait until they are all out. Not my kind of ending at all.
These are actually prequels to a long running series.
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.
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
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
These are crime thrillers with a paranormal twist . I get it, and the series has very high ratings..so I will try those
This story line fascinate me. I think it needs on my TBR list
Enjoy Betty 🙂
I cannot decide..you said creepy and dark…I like that in a book :).
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.
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 ><
If the case involving the burning girl had concluded it would have ranked higher for me
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.
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.
I have this and the first one I need to explore them during COYER. 🙂
I am excited about reading the series that is already out because of these.
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.
thanks for understanding how I felt. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
I like when the paranormal weaves into a criminal case.
A Voracious Reader
Ok, those types of endings need to stop. Like, yesterday. Why?! Whatever happended to a beginning, a middle and an end? blerg
hehe…I agree. *drinks from Dean Winchester glass and smiles*
Brandi Breathes Books
Aw sorry to hear that you didn’t get many answers
Thanks Brandi..it happens
I like creepy, creepy is good. But wow, 10 years later. That’s a huge jump.
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.
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
I would wait to see if the third novella delivers a conclusion 🙂
Some bloglovin thing is making it impossible to read this review..well not fast anyway 😉 I need to check in with bloglovin it seems 😉
On my blog itself? Like a pop-up or through bloglovin’ itself?
It’s so sad about the end mainly when everything was so good…
Right..I want to know more 🙂
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.