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From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger comes the second of three short stories 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 distu From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger comes the second of three short stories 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.


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From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger comes the second of three short stories 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 distu From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger comes the second of three short stories 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.

30 review for The Burning Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Delee

    3.5 THE BURNING GIRL is the second novella in the trilogy of short stories by Lisa Unger. It is also my least favorite of the three...but even my least favorite Lisa Unger...is still pretty darn good. [image error] Ten years have past, and Eloise Montgomery is at a crossroads in her life- the strain of her "gift" is taking a toll, and her daughter Amanda has moved far away- distancing herself from her mother's abilities...but no amount of miles between them will change the fact that her own daughte 3.5 THE BURNING GIRL is the second novella in the trilogy of short stories by Lisa Unger. It is also my least favorite of the three...but even my least favorite Lisa Unger...is still pretty darn good. [image error] Ten years have past, and Eloise Montgomery is at a crossroads in her life- the strain of her "gift" is taking a toll, and her daughter Amanda has moved far away- distancing herself from her mother's abilities...but no amount of miles between them will change the fact that her own daughter- Finley- has powers of her own. [image error] This was a little darker and a bit more unsettling than the first installment- and leaves things quite up in the air...So I was very glad that by the time I finished- I was able to slide right into #3...The Three Sisters. Thank you NetGalley!

  2. 5 out of 5

    ☼♄Jülie 

    Really enjoying this series, wishing these books were longer! This is book two in the Whispers trilogy and continues on where book one, "The Whispers" left off. The story just gets better and I'm now eagerly looking forward to the next. These books are a prelude to Crazy Love You and should really be read first. I highly recommend this series as a good compelling read. 5★s Really enjoying this series, wishing these books were longer! This is book two in the Whispers trilogy and continues on where book one, "The Whispers" left off. The story just gets better and I'm now eagerly looking forward to the next. These books are a prelude to Crazy Love You and should really be read first. I highly recommend this series as a good compelling read. 5★s

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Second in the trilogy. Set ten years later, Eloise has come to terms with her psychic abilities and is working as an investigator. But who is the ‘Burning Girl’ that keeps appearing... This series is so good, spooky and riveting! Highly recommend!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    Lisa Unger ramps it up a notch in this, the second installment of her three part e-novella series The Whispers. After reading and loving the first part I was ready for more diving into this. It was better! I was immersed in the plot of this very quickly and drawn in by the creepy moments that are many in the book. This one gave me goosebumps. 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 Lisa Unger ramps it up a notch in this, the second installment of her three part e-novella series The Whispers. After reading and loving the first part I was ready for more diving into this. It was better! I was immersed in the plot of this very quickly and drawn in by the creepy moments that are many in the book. This one gave me goosebumps. 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… Eloise meets The Burning Girl, glad she did, because I don't want to. What does The Burning Girl want of her? As she begins to investigate, can she actually help? What will she uncover?. With taut prose, developing characters and a really engaging plot The Burning Girl captured me totally from the first word to the last, I was fully engaged and on board. There feels like there is more of the ghostly supernatural element in this one, it has that creepy feel to a lot of it. I am really enjoying this series and keen to read the third and final installment to see what it all leads to. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, many thanks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    M. Van

    A nicely crafted novella that has some creepy moments. It's an enjoyable read if you like paranormal fiction, but it leaves you with quite a few open threads. I'm thinking part three;) A nicely crafted novella that has some creepy moments. It's an enjoyable read if you like paranormal fiction, but it leaves you with quite a few open threads. I'm thinking part three;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Part two of a trilogy and a very short story, but pretty entertaining. The audiobook narration is fantastic. On to part 3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy. This is the second novella in the three part ‘Whispers’ series about the psychic Eloise and her strange encounters. I really enjoyed meeting Eloise in book one and am thrilled to be reading the next one. Ten years have passed and Eloise has come to terms with her psychic abilities. She works as a psychic, assisting her partner Ray with his private investigations. She is visited several times by an apparition of a ‘Burning Girl’. It becomes Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy. This is the second novella in the three part ‘Whispers’ series about the psychic Eloise and her strange encounters. I really enjoyed meeting Eloise in book one and am thrilled to be reading the next one. Ten years have passed and Eloise has come to terms with her psychic abilities. She works as a psychic, assisting her partner Ray with his private investigations. She is visited several times by an apparition of a ‘Burning Girl’. It becomes apparent that the child is from the past and is hurting, in some way. She is trying to communicate with Eloise. What does the ‘Burning Girl’ want? Once again the story kept me hooked from the first page and I became entranced with all of the characters. It felt like a natural jump from the first book, as we see Eloise has not simply moved on from her loss emotionally. She is quite a character and it is hard to see why she does not ignore her gifts. Eloise seems to end up in A&E quite frequently, with bumps on the head. I CANNOT wait to read part three of this series. Highly entertaining spooky stuff.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Things are starting to get stranger in this second installment of The Whispers series. A new layer to the story is introduced, and it's pretty freaky. In an awesome way. The story delves deeper into characters' emotions, and the toll that certain 'gifts' can take on a person. The main character is likeable, and the secondary characters are surprisingly well-developed. I'm excited to read the last installment. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this free eARC in exchange for an honest re Things are starting to get stranger in this second installment of The Whispers series. A new layer to the story is introduced, and it's pretty freaky. In an awesome way. The story delves deeper into characters' emotions, and the toll that certain 'gifts' can take on a person. The main character is likeable, and the secondary characters are surprisingly well-developed. I'm excited to read the last installment. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Burning Girl by Lisa Unger is a 2014 Pocket Star publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This second book in the Whispers trilogy picks up ten years later as Eloise Montgomery is now a famous psychic who sees dead people. The story is sad because Eloise is still grieving for the husband and child she lost, while the “gift” she has drains all her energy, has put distance between herself and her surviving daughter, and pe The Burning Girl by Lisa Unger is a 2014 Pocket Star publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This second book in the Whispers trilogy picks up ten years later as Eloise Montgomery is now a famous psychic who sees dead people. The story is sad because Eloise is still grieving for the husband and child she lost, while the “gift” she has drains all her energy, has put distance between herself and her surviving daughter, and people either depend on her too strongly or she is considered a quack and a pariah, often regarded with suspicion. But, when she sees a young girl who gives off an odor like someone who emerged from a fire, she is especially troubled, and unsettling revelations begin to emerge about Eloise's background as she discovers her granddaughter may have inherited her special gift. This second book was just bit off kilter for me compared to the first book, but still very absorbing and chilling. I did not really care for Ray that much, and of course I feel Eloise has been robbed of a peaceful, happy life after having suffered so much. But, there is a third installment and hopefully Eloise will find some kind relief, maybe some answers to her questions, and perhaps a bit more than mere contentment in her life, but even that would be an improvement. Overall I think this book is a bridge to the third and final book, and has set the stage for what is sure to be a compelling read. 4 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Pocket Books for an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review. The Burning Girl is the 2nd novella in The Whispers trilogy by Lisa Unger. I very much enjoyed this installment of the character-driven series. The Burning Girl revolves around Eloise, Ray, Agatha, Miriam, and the mysterious Burning Girl. This novella takes place 10 years after the first. I am not sure why Ms. Unger chose to jump ahead so far in time. Eloise has clearly a I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Pocket Books for an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review. The Burning Girl is the 2nd novella in The Whispers trilogy by Lisa Unger. I very much enjoyed this installment of the character-driven series. The Burning Girl revolves around Eloise, Ray, Agatha, Miriam, and the mysterious Burning Girl. This novella takes place 10 years after the first. I am not sure why Ms. Unger chose to jump ahead so far in time. Eloise has clearly aged and has been through some difficult times. I would have liked to have followed Eloise and her daughter Amanda over this timeframe to see exactly how they ended up where they are 10 years later. Clearly, a lot has happened, and I do love the way this is made clearly evident by Eloise's thoughts and emotions. Despite the significant time gap, I found the storyline very intriguing, and it held my interest from page one all the way to the end. I look forward to picking up the story again in the 3rd part of the trilogy, The Three Sisters, expected out in early January 2015. Normally it would irritate me to have to wait and get another book to finish the story, but in all fairness, Ms. Unger made it clear from the get go that this narrative spans 3 novellas; in addition, book two ends at a good place and does not feel like a traditional cliffhanger. I recommend The Whispers triology for all mystery fans who like or do not mind a paranormal slant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    4 stars out of 5 This is part 2 of The Whispers Trilogy. Eloise Montgomery has her gift of foresight and has developed a business with sheriff, now retired, Ray Muldune. Their business has helped law enforcement and private citizens to find missing persons. Eloise and Ray have also begun a romantic relationship. Agatha is a new character who helps Eloise learn to deal with her gift and the spirits who visit such as the burning girl. In this installment, Ray and Eloise are working on a case of a m 4 stars out of 5 This is part 2 of The Whispers Trilogy. Eloise Montgomery has her gift of foresight and has developed a business with sheriff, now retired, Ray Muldune. Their business has helped law enforcement and private citizens to find missing persons. Eloise and Ray have also begun a romantic relationship. Agatha is a new character who helps Eloise learn to deal with her gift and the spirits who visit such as the burning girl. In this installment, Ray and Eloise are working on a case of a missing wife while Eloise is trying to deal with the burning girl - a very angry spirit. What I enjoyed in this novella is the characters - Eloise, Ray, Agatha and Eloise's daughter and granddaughter, and how each of them deal with 'the gift' which is also a curse. What I did not enjoy was the big jump ahead in time from the previous novella. Fourteen years have passed and while it's easy to follow the story, as I stated earlier, I like the characters and want to be more invested in them. But then, it wouldn't be a novella/ short story trilogy anymore but a full length novel. Conundrum, right? I recommend to those who enjoy a bit of mystery/paranormal story. Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Pocket Books for an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Corley

    I am usually not one to jump right into books with psychics or about the subject, however, I have found that I absolutely love this short story series!! The Burning Girl is book #2 of The Whispers series, and finds Eloise Montgomery, several years after discovering the whispers and her "psychic abilities". I fell in love with reading about this family after the first story, so I was slightly disappointed to read about so much lapsed time since the first book, almost twenty years! Disappointment a I am usually not one to jump right into books with psychics or about the subject, however, I have found that I absolutely love this short story series!! The Burning Girl is book #2 of The Whispers series, and finds Eloise Montgomery, several years after discovering the whispers and her "psychic abilities". I fell in love with reading about this family after the first story, so I was slightly disappointed to read about so much lapsed time since the first book, almost twenty years! Disappointment aside, for a short story, Lisa Unger quickly delivered a great mysterious short story, leaving nothing out! It's hard to find a good short story, but I believe Lisa Unger has mastered the ability to write them! I love this series and can't wait to read the last of this short story series, The Three Sisters! For a more in depth review, please visit my blog Chorley Chronicals!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria (RedsCat)

    The Burning Girl is the second in the The Whispers short story trilogy. It's 10 years later in Eloise Montgomery's life. Lisa Unger has created such a nice character in Eloise - and I mean that in every sense of the good way of being nice. She is giving and kind and thoughtful. And she's "different". Not by choice but by happenstance. And dang it, I felt so much concern for her. Every bit she gives takes away takes something from her. I'm anxiously awaiting the third and final installment. I real The Burning Girl is the second in the The Whispers short story trilogy. It's 10 years later in Eloise Montgomery's life. Lisa Unger has created such a nice character in Eloise - and I mean that in every sense of the good way of being nice. She is giving and kind and thoughtful. And she's "different". Not by choice but by happenstance. And dang it, I felt so much concern for her. Every bit she gives takes away takes something from her. I'm anxiously awaiting the third and final installment. I really wish there would be more. Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books & NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The potential is there, I'm just waiting for it to show up. I've heard she's a great crime/mystery writer so maybe I should've started with one of those. This is Unger doing somewhat mystery, somewhat paranormal. The second installment in three, short novellas that lead up to Crazy Love You. I'm confused by how this one just ended the storyline of The Burning Girl without explanation to what was going on. Maybe it will be picked up in the third? Since they are short, I will continue on to The Th The potential is there, I'm just waiting for it to show up. I've heard she's a great crime/mystery writer so maybe I should've started with one of those. This is Unger doing somewhat mystery, somewhat paranormal. The second installment in three, short novellas that lead up to Crazy Love You. I'm confused by how this one just ended the storyline of The Burning Girl without explanation to what was going on. Maybe it will be picked up in the third? Since they are short, I will continue on to The Three Sisters. Hopefully, it will redeem the first two novellas and make me want to read more Unger.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    3.5 Next in the Hollows stories, Whispers was first and this one takes place 10 year later. Eloise is still learning how to use he special skills and has found out more about her family background. When her own young grand-daughter shows evidence of the same skills, Eloise must prepare herself for the talk with her own daughter who tries to distance herself from Eloise and her abilities. Good, entertaining series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bookschatter

    The Burning Girl is the second instalment of an e-novella in three parts, which follows the life of psychic Eloise Montgomery, one of the pivotal characters in the "Jones Cooper" Series ("Fragile" and "Darkness, My Old Friend"). The story picks up ten years on from The Whispers, and although Eloise Montgomery has become accustomed to her abilities there is much more to be learnt about the entities who contact her and about her own family. Once again this is a very flowing, quick and captivating re The Burning Girl is the second instalment of an e-novella in three parts, which follows the life of psychic Eloise Montgomery, one of the pivotal characters in the "Jones Cooper" Series ("Fragile" and "Darkness, My Old Friend"). The story picks up ten years on from The Whispers, and although Eloise Montgomery has become accustomed to her abilities there is much more to be learnt about the entities who contact her and about her own family. Once again this is a very flowing, quick and captivating read, however I felt that this story was rather insipid and too incomplete, and therefore I did not find it as satisfying as the previous offering. Hopefully all will become clear in the final part, "The Three Sisters". This item also contains a preview of Crazy Love You, which will be released after http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MZAS04G/. Crazy Love You is set in New York and in the Hollows (just like the Whispers Trilogy), and it will feature Eloise Montgomery and Jones Cooper, along side the two protagonists Ian and Priss. [Arc provided by Pocket Books through Netgalley]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    "The Burning Girl" is the second in The Whispers series, taking place ten years after "The Whispers". Eloise is now a professional psychic and her daughter Amanda and her new family live across the country. Eloise's daughter is married with two children, but has moved away, unable to deal with her mother's visions. Eloise has learned to use her visions when she can, but now she has a vision that she can't get rid of...the Burning Girl. This girl is full of rage and a danger to Eloise...and now he "The Burning Girl" is the second in The Whispers series, taking place ten years after "The Whispers". Eloise is now a professional psychic and her daughter Amanda and her new family live across the country. Eloise's daughter is married with two children, but has moved away, unable to deal with her mother's visions. Eloise has learned to use her visions when she can, but now she has a vision that she can't get rid of...the Burning Girl. This girl is full of rage and a danger to Eloise...and now her granddaughter is having visions. In this novella, we are introduced to two new characters, Agatha and Ray.Eloise has a partner, Agatha, her mentor that tries to protect her in the spirit world. Eloise is in business with the local cop Ray, who opened a private investigation business, and uses the help of Eloise to assist with solving the crimes, based on her gift. He also is a regular in her life. Agatha sparks questions in Eloise, questions of who Eloise received her talents from and now she is curious and starts her genealogical search. What she finds answers her questions, but what she was not prepared for was her granddaughter Finley having the same visions. This second book in the planned trilogy let me down. It was not as satisfying as the first. Too many questions left unanswered. Maybe that was the point, to deal with these unanswered questions in the last book. I felt the ten years span from the first novella to the second novella, left a gap...I would have liked to have known a little more about what happened between the first book and the second. I feel this information is lacking and would have enriched the story. I want to thank Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Pocket Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    Arc provided by Pocket Books through Netgalley Release date: November 25 th A good follow up to "Whispers", "the burning girl" takes place ten years after the events of the first short story. A thing that you won't find in these stories is any resemblance to the TV series "Ghost whisperer"...just in case someone thinks about that ~which may...or may not, have happened to me~ There's no talking with ghosts in this series. No semblance of an HEA in the end of an episode. In fact, this short, m Arc provided by Pocket Books through Netgalley Release date: November 25 th A good follow up to "Whispers", "the burning girl" takes place ten years after the events of the first short story. A thing that you won't find in these stories is any resemblance to the TV series "Ghost whisperer"...just in case someone thinks about that ~which may...or may not, have happened to me~ There's no talking with ghosts in this series. No semblance of an HEA in the end of an episode. In fact, this short, manages to be even darker and sadder than the first short. Eloise still hasn't managed to let go of her pain, and the whole business of occasionally being able to help people through her visions, sits like a heavy burden on her shoulders. She has a friend to whom she can turn to, and someone who likes her, but she has become estranged from her daughter, and all the visions she keeps having just keep draining her. And then a child appears. An angry girl, the burning girl... I was really invested in this storyline! It was creepy, and scary, and I was looking forward in seeing what was going to happen! Which I guess was naive of me, because these stories are not that type.... You know...the type that gets solved with a pretty bow on top? o_O Despite that, I am still looking forward in reading the third short story ( The Three Sisters) that will be released in January.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    In "The Burning Girl," Eloise discovers some disturbing secrets about her family history-- and the fact that her granddaughter has powers of her own. Moreover, while she's learning these secrets, Eloise is also learning that not all of her visitors are looking for help. Some of them just seem to be inclined to be troublemakers. As in "The Whispers," Unger continues to tell the story of Eloise and how she's managed to cope with the deaths of her husband and eldest daughter. Ten years have passed, In "The Burning Girl," Eloise discovers some disturbing secrets about her family history-- and the fact that her granddaughter has powers of her own. Moreover, while she's learning these secrets, Eloise is also learning that not all of her visitors are looking for help. Some of them just seem to be inclined to be troublemakers. As in "The Whispers," Unger continues to tell the story of Eloise and how she's managed to cope with the deaths of her husband and eldest daughter. Ten years have passed, and although she's learned to use her gift to help others and to keep herself focused, part of her is still shut away from others. Part of this is due to the fact that she shuns the spotlight. She wants to use her gift to benefit those who truly need her, not as some public relations stunt to bring herself fame and money. However, other reasons for her closing herself off could very well be that she hasn't recovered enough from her loved ones' deaths... and she's not willing to share this often misunderstood part of her life in a deep relationship with anyone else. Eloise is a good person, and I've really enjoyed getting to know her in these short stories. The paranormal aspects are well done and work to increase both tension and understanding. With the possibility that her granddaughter has inherited her own powers, I look forward to reading the next short story in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Reviewed First at Brunner's Bookshelf I got this email from Netgalley offering two novellas from Lisa Unger. The premise for these two books was to not judge a book by its cover so there wasn't one when these came available on Netgalley for request. I really liked this idea. I must admit that a really good cover can make me want to read a book or on the flip side make me avoid a book at all costs no matter how interesting it might sound. I threw my name in for these and was fortunate enough to be Reviewed First at Brunner's Bookshelf I got this email from Netgalley offering two novellas from Lisa Unger. The premise for these two books was to not judge a book by its cover so there wasn't one when these came available on Netgalley for request. I really liked this idea. I must admit that a really good cover can make me want to read a book or on the flip side make me avoid a book at all costs no matter how interesting it might sound. I threw my name in for these and was fortunate enough to be selected to review this and the other book. I was intrigued by the idea of a psychic who is finding out dark secrets about her past while trying to figure out the mystery behind the burning girl she keeps seeing. I didn't realize it at the time I started this but this is the second book in the Whispers series. I read these two a little out of sequence but to be honest I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. This book reads like a single story and I didn't feel like there was stuff in this book that I would only know if I read the first one. I will be reading the first part of this series because I was lucky enough to be granted these from the publisher for a fair review through NetGalley. I think I will stop just there. This one isn't really mu cup of tea. Still I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. Short review for a short story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Blankenship

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was sitting on my porch listening to the rain when I decided to start the Burning Girl. Four hours later my husband peeks out asking if I am going to come in anytime soon. I was shocked how much time went by. This is a credit to Lisa Unger and her smooth, fluid, and enthralling style of writing. Seriously?How I have never read a Lisa Unger book before? In The Burning Girl I was introduced to Eloise who has psychic abilites. S I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was sitting on my porch listening to the rain when I decided to start the Burning Girl. Four hours later my husband peeks out asking if I am going to come in anytime soon. I was shocked how much time went by. This is a credit to Lisa Unger and her smooth, fluid, and enthralling style of writing. Seriously?How I have never read a Lisa Unger book before? In The Burning Girl I was introduced to Eloise who has psychic abilites. She is a kind hearted sweet lady who tries to help every spirit/ghost that seeks her out but sometimes it just isn't that easy. The Burning Girl is young and full of rage. Together with her Private Investigator friend they uncover what truly happened to this girl who is surround by and is literally on fire. This book had everything I love in a story. Fantastic writing, smart dialogues, believable characters, mystery, ghosts, and a quick pace that never leaves me bored. I am impatient reader and cannot stand it when a story line is drug out to the point where I start skipping and skimming to get to the conclusion. Lisa Unger had me hanging on every word. As soon as I finished this story I went to her website and Amazon where I quickly purchased 4 of her books. If you have yet read anything by Unger, start with The Whispers and the read The Burning Girl.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jann Barber

    I received this through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first I have read anything by Lisa Unger, but won't be the last! I didn't realize that The Burning Girl was a short story, as I didn't pay attention to the title page and just jumped right in. It is also the second of three stories that span a thirty year period. Unger uses her words well. If a reader is new to this trilogy, Unger manages to give background without retelling everything relating to Eloise from the firs I received this through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first I have read anything by Lisa Unger, but won't be the last! I didn't realize that The Burning Girl was a short story, as I didn't pay attention to the title page and just jumped right in. It is also the second of three stories that span a thirty year period. Unger uses her words well. If a reader is new to this trilogy, Unger manages to give background without retelling everything relating to Eloise from the first story, The Whispers. Her characters ring true, and even if you are skeptical about psychics, you will enjoy Unger's storytelling abilities. I also enjoyed the fact that things weren't necessarily tied up in tidy packages by the end of the story. In fact, when I turned the page and realized there was no more to The Burning Girl, I said, "What?" and flipped back in case I had missed something. I like how Eloise handled the variety of situations that cropped up in this story. I would recommend this to other readers. It might be good to being with The Whispers; since these are stories, they move quickly. Sometimes, you just have to let go.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling

    My View: The perfect accompaniment to Crazy Love You. In the last few day I have read the short The Whispers, followed by the novel Crazy Love You and now the second short story, The Burning Girl; I can see how the series of shorts and the book all fit together perfectly and each book enriches the reading experience of the other. If I had realised the importance of the short stories to the novel I would have read the two short stories first. The Burning Girl – we learn so much more about Eloise and My View: The perfect accompaniment to Crazy Love You. In the last few day I have read the short The Whispers, followed by the novel Crazy Love You and now the second short story, The Burning Girl; I can see how the series of shorts and the book all fit together perfectly and each book enriches the reading experience of the other. If I had realised the importance of the short stories to the novel I would have read the two short stories first. The Burning Girl – we learn so much more about Eloise and her “gift” and her life and some details about the Burning Girl that are only hinted at in the novel. This is an exciting read. I still hope that Eloise’s story becomes a novel in its own right – there is the potential for so much more to be told here. Loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I'm a little disappointed with this one 10 years has passed and you don't find out anything about the burning girl or what happened to the baby I'm a little disappointed with this one 10 years has passed and you don't find out anything about the burning girl or what happened to the baby

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    2.5 stars As with The Whispers, this is a well-written book by a great writer, but I don't care for the psychic/paranormal storyline. If I would have realized the way these books were headed I wouldn't have chosen to review them. If you like that sort of thing, these are great books. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own. 2.5 stars As with The Whispers, this is a well-written book by a great writer, but I don't care for the psychic/paranormal storyline. If I would have realized the way these books were headed I wouldn't have chosen to review them. If you like that sort of thing, these are great books. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    I enjoyed this novella but I am having a harder time getting into them because they end before I get a chance to really care about the characters. This story reminds me a bit of a Lisa McMann or Lois Duncan story but still looking forward to finishing the story off. meh

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Originally posted on This Chick Reads *Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* If someone told me months ago I'd give Lisa Unger's book 2* I would certainly laugh in his face. I mean, it's Lisa Unger, the woman who rekindled my love for psychological thrillers! But that day has come, and with a terrible pain in my heart I have to write this review because I owe that much to the kind publishers who've approved me for this title on NetGalley. 'The Burning Girl' is t Originally posted on This Chick Reads *Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* If someone told me months ago I'd give Lisa Unger's book 2* I would certainly laugh in his face. I mean, it's Lisa Unger, the woman who rekindled my love for psychological thrillers! But that day has come, and with a terrible pain in my heart I have to write this review because I owe that much to the kind publishers who've approved me for this title on NetGalley. 'The Burning Girl' is the second in a series of novellas, and though I was not crazy about the first part either, I still looked forward to it.However, I was greatly disappointed. It's a sequel centered once again around Eloise, just followed 10 years after the last time we saw her in 'Whispers'. She's still getting visions but by now she's accepted her 'gift' and even starts her business utilizing her psychic abilities. This felt a bit strange, honestly. I mean, I'm all about using psychic gifts, but not when they are called 'a business'. I guess, when someone starts thinking of them as 'business' they somehow lose all the magic. But that could be just me, and it's certainly not the main reason for the low rating. While I was not particularly fond of Eloise in the first part, I have to admit I disliked her even more in this part. In the first part, maybe because of the tragedy that happened to her husband and older daughter, I got to see her more emotional side. It kills me to say this, but she's lacking some depth and is not a very memorable character. The last thing I'd want is to sound harsh, as I still have loads of love for Ms Unger and think she's a great writer, however these novellas (especially this second one) were neither gripping nor intense. There was some drama around these visions of the burning girl Eloise experiences, but what bothered me most was that both the blurb and title are misleading. If I say more, there might be some spoilers..so I'm just gonna stop here but consider yourselves warned. The ending was...pretty open and I honestly, felt like the story left this big mess in my head and loads of unanswered questions. I'd still read more from L.Unger, she's a terrific writer, however maybe these paranormal twists may not be her thing. Or maybe it's me..I don't know really, I'm still shocked I gave one of my fave authors 2*.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cleopatra Pullen

    The Burning Girl is the second in a set of three novella’s featuring Eloise a psychic medium who only realised she had this power following a car accident in which caused the death of her husband and one of her daughters. This was the basis of the first book in this series, The Whispers. The Burning Girl starts ten years on from the end of The Whispers, a device that allows the author to introduce some new characters most notably Agatha a commercial psychic who listens to, and advises Eloise when The Burning Girl is the second in a set of three novella’s featuring Eloise a psychic medium who only realised she had this power following a car accident in which caused the death of her husband and one of her daughters. This was the basis of the first book in this series, The Whispers. The Burning Girl starts ten years on from the end of The Whispers, a device that allows the author to introduce some new characters most notably Agatha a commercial psychic who listens to, and advises Eloise when the visions she sees and the voices she hears gets too much for her. When Eloise notices the smell of burning in her house the vision that becomes clear is particularly horrifying but the scene is from many years ago so what is this ghost trying to tell her? Eloise isn’t after fame or fortune. Far from it, her psychic powers have made her neighbours wary of her and her remaining daughter has moved far away. Eloise sees the visions to help solve crimes and since her power is elusive and can’t be summoned up she alone must find the link between the past and the present in this episode. For a novella there is a lot packed into this story which is pleasingly backed up with authentic characterisation. I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of the supernatural but I think the fact that Eloise is a reluctant psychic has helped me get over this aversion and allowed me to thoroughly enjoy this series. Lisa Unger is a master storyteller which means that the pace and the plot work in harmony to give an unusually satisfying read considering the length of the book; I didn’t feel cheated by the brevity at all. I’m not entirely sure that this was quite as satisfying as the first book in the series as there were far more loose ends in this one which I hope will be tidied up in the third and final part due to be published in 2015; The Three Sisters. Lisa Unger has chosen to set The Three Sisters some ten years on from The Burning Girl and I will definitely have to read this part to see what happens to Eloise next. I’d like to say a big thank you to the publishers Gallery, Threshold Pocket Books for giving me a copy of this book in return for this honest review. The Burning Girl will be published on 25 November 2014 in the US and is due for release in the UK in February 2015.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    When The Burning Girl opens, we find Eloise vacuuming while a young girl glowers on her couch. That child isn’t really there; she’s one of those lost girls Eloise “listens” to when her psychic attunement kicks in. Almost fourteen years after the deaths of her husband and older daughter, Eloise is at something of a crossroads in her life and the strain of her unwanted knowledge of people in terrible peril has clearly worn on her. Her younger daughter, Amanda, lives as far away as she can get beca When The Burning Girl opens, we find Eloise vacuuming while a young girl glowers on her couch. That child isn’t really there; she’s one of those lost girls Eloise “listens” to when her psychic attunement kicks in. Almost fourteen years after the deaths of her husband and older daughter, Eloise is at something of a crossroads in her life and the strain of her unwanted knowledge of people in terrible peril has clearly worn on her. Her younger daughter, Amanda, lives as far away as she can get because she’s so unnerved by her mother even though she cares about her deeply. Eloise’s partner, Ray, wants more from her than she can give and Eloise sees no relief ahead from the burden of knowing things that can be so very painful. A woman named Agatha may be the only one who can save Eloise from falling victim to her own sensabilities. Eloise is a woman nearly consumed by the emotions of others and it’s apparent that the visions and the whispers are in control. I’ve never had any such experiences but her pain is palpable and I had no doubt, as I was reading, that she was nearing the edge of sanity. It was like seeing an old acquaintance years after you first met and wondering what terrible travails life had brought her in the intervening years. Her struggle to survive seeps through the pages and I frequently wanted to put an arm around her for just a moment. The first novella in this trilogy had more edge to it but, by the time The Burning Girl ends, I really did feel that Eloise might at last be finding a kind of peace. I’m looking forward to Ms. Unger’s The Three Sisters to see how this nice woman will fare.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    "The Burning Girl" picks up ten years after "The Whispers." Eloise has become somewhat used to her gift and has made increasing use of it since the death of her husband. Not everyone is so pleased, though. Eloise's daughter has distanced herself over the past decade and some of the citizens of The Hollows are understandably wary - and even critical - of Eloise's ability. When the angry spirit of a girl accompanied by smoke and fire begins to appear to Eloise, she is curious and wants to help. Bu "The Burning Girl" picks up ten years after "The Whispers." Eloise has become somewhat used to her gift and has made increasing use of it since the death of her husband. Not everyone is so pleased, though. Eloise's daughter has distanced herself over the past decade and some of the citizens of The Hollows are understandably wary - and even critical - of Eloise's ability. When the angry spirit of a girl accompanied by smoke and fire begins to appear to Eloise, she is curious and wants to help. But Eloise is warned off of involving herself with such a spirit. Meanwhile, retired cop turned PI Ray Muldune has taken on a complicated missing persons case and has asked for Eloise's assistance. I enjoyed this one even more than the first! The burning girl herself is incredibly intriguing and the progression of Eloise's character is really wonderful. Both tales are quite short - easy to slip in when you've got limited reading time - and I'm really dying to read the third now as well. ("The Three Sisters" is out Jan 5.) And of course this little trilogy is leading up to Unger's upcoming novel, Crazy Love You, out February 10. Lisa Unger really is one of the best thriller writers of the day. Her characters are flawed and well-drawn and her stories are tense and fabulously plotted. Some of the books are connected and do have a reading order. If you enjoy the Whispers trilogy (or if they've piqued your curiosity) and you've not yet read any of The Hollows tales, I suggest starting with Fragile (it's one of my favorites!).

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