Into the Blood by Lisa Unger
Since its first person and since she’s emotionally scarred by a crime she witnessed, readers might expect the narrator to be largely unreliable. They would be right.
Lana has told so many lies to herself and others, she cannot even recognize the truth anymore.
A mentor suggests she take a job since her trust fund is drying up. A babysitting job pits Lana against a troubled eleven-year-old boy who seems to know a lot about the disappearance of Lana’s friend, Beck.
Lana and Luke play a dangerous game, a scavenger hunt, that breaks Lana’s façade and puts her and everything she holds dear in peril.
The novel moves a break-neck speed; it can be read as a stand-alone novel or as part of Unger’s The Hollows series. In The Blood was an Indie Next pick.