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by Lisa Unger
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Crown, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Kelly Thunstrom

Fragile is a mystery in the best sense of the word, with well-developed characters and slow-building suspense. It is the story of missing teenage girls, decades apart, and the connections between their disappearances.

Maggie Cooper is a well-respected psychologist living in The Hollows, a small town outside of New York City. While juggling a busy practice, she tries desperately to keep her relationships with her detective husband Jones and sullen teenage son Ricky going strong. When Ricky's girlfriend Charlene goes missing, the Coopers and Charlene's mother Melody do everything they can to locate her. But is this a recurrence of their worst nightmare from their high school days ... when Maggie, Melody, Jones, and the rest of The Hollows' parents and children had to contend with another missing girl, one who was found murdered? Only time will tell.

Unger does a fine job of connecting all her characters and two subplots (the disappearances of both Charlene in the present and Sarah in the past) to make one gripping novel. She is a masterful storyteller; however, as she states in the author's note, she has also had a personal experience with this. This novel is not to be missed.

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