Black Out

  • by Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by Ann Marie Lee
  • 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"When my mother named me Ophelia, she thought she was being literary. She didn't realize she was being tragic."On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.These are demons she can't fully recall because of a highly dissociative state that allowed her to forget the tragic and violent episodes of her earlier life as Ophelia March and to start over, under the loving and protective eye of Gray, as Annie Powers.Disturbing events - the appearance of a familiar dark figure on the beach, the mysterious murder of her psychologist - trigger strange and confusing memories for Annie, who realizes she has to quickly piece them together before her past comes to claim her future and her daughter.


What the Critics Say

"Twisty, riveting, and enormously exciting. Lisa Unger is a powerful and elegant writer, and Black Outis her best novel yet." (Joseph Finder)
"Black Out is riveting psychological suspense of the first order. If you haven't yet experienced Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?" (Harlan Coben)
"I read Black Out in one hungry gulp, and spent the rest of the night trying to calm my jangled nerves. This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror - one of the best thrillers I've read this year!" (Tess Gerritsen)


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Customer Reviews

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A different kind of thriller

On the surface, BLACK OUT sounds like a typical thriller. A serial killer, thought to be dead, seemingly returns to threaten a woman out of his past. But in Lisa Unger's hands, what could have been a by-the-numbers story becomes much, much more.

First, she turns what could be a predictable plot on its head. Not only isn't the potential victim, Annie, not who she seems - but as the story unfolds, neither is virtually anyone around her - her husband, her in-laws, her friends, even her young daughter. Then, as Unger drops clue after clue, the revelations aren't just surprising - they're unsettling.

But what really sets BLACK OUT apart is the characters' psychological depth - Annie, first and foremost. The story is not just a trip from Point A to Point B. It is a journey through Annie's psyche. And Unger's prose is more than up to the task - at times purely expository, at times entirely dream-like. In the best thrillers, you eagerly await the resolution of the plot, which is certainly the case here. But in BLACK OUT, the real nail-biting surrounds Annie's personal journey - and the resolution there is anything but simple.

I know it's a cliche, but I sat in my driveway listening to the end of BLACK OUT. And then, as the last word faded, I had to keep sitting to think about what I just heard. Even as I'm writing this the story, in all its complexities, has stayed with me.
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If you are into psychological thrillers you will really dig your heals into this one! There are not a lot of books that come by with such great and unpredictable story lines!
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- Lysa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2008
  • Publisher: Books on Tape