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The explosive novel by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, which the Providence Journal called "A simmering tale of romantic obsession and angst in the tradition of Body Heat or Fatal Attraction, laced with the noirish spirit of James M. Cain. Wonderfully crafted and beautifully executed."Falling in love can feel like a dream-or a living nightmare.Darkness has aThe explosive novel by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, which the Providence Journal called "A simmering tale of romantic obsession and angst in the tradition of Body Heat or Fatal Attraction, laced with the noirish spirit of James M. Cain. Wonderfully crafted and beautifully executed."Falling in love can feel like a dream-or a living nightmare.Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him "loser" and "fatboy" and from his family's deadly secrets.Now that they have both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss-Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex-Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he has met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn't like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen!...

Title : Crazy Love You
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ISBN : 9781451691214
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Crazy Love You Reviews

  • Phrynne
    2019-04-05 21:20

    I quite enjoyed this book and certainly had no difficulty in finishing it but it somehow missed the mark for me. I am usually a fan of the supernatural but in this particular book I felt I wanted something more solid and real. As a result I felt cheated by the ending and felt the author could have made Priss much more dangerous and scary if she had taken the character into a different direction. I did enjoy the way the author leads the reader in circles all through the book. It is hard to be sure who is insane and what is real for much of the time. So still a good book if not as good as Lisa Unger"s others.

  • Beth
    2019-04-16 22:24

    The first two-thirds of CRAZY LOVE YOU is a five-star book, the best kind, the kind that is unputdownable. Ian writes and illustrates graphic novels (a fancy term for "comic books"). As an adult, he's in better shape, but he grew up as an overweight sissy. His mother is confined to a mental hospital because of a horrible crime she committed when Ian was a child, a crime that almost involved him. For these reasons, he grows up with anger management problems and still has them even now.Priss (isn't that name a synonym for "sissy"?) is the child he meets in the woods behind his home. But so what, I thought. I was bored enough that I decided to quit if the story didn't redeem itself by page 50. On page 49 I caught on and realized I shouldn't have been bored. Here's what you need to know right up front so the book is as unputdownable for you as it was for me. (I reread the first 49 pages.)Priss is not what she appears to be; she is a mystery throughout this book. And then so is Ian. Is he crazy? Is he good or dangerous? Is Priss dangerous? Or is she not even real?So why, then, does this book get just an average rating? Because the last third degenerates to the supernatural and becomes just plain silly. If the entire book had been written like this last third, the rating would have been zero. It's too easy to solve mysteries by blaming them on supernatural silliness.

  • Michael
    2019-03-25 21:20

    Ian Paine has had a lot to deal with in his life. As an overweight child, he would be constantly bullied by kids at school and was to scared to stand up for himself. Ian's family would also fall apart after his younger sisters death. After that his mums mental health would deteriorate and his only escape would be to go into the nearby woods to spend time with his only friend, Priss. To start of there relationship was like all other children with lots of playing and fun times. That soon changed when Priss discovers the bullying that Ian has endured and goes out of her way to protect him and make the perpetrators pay.Years later and Ian is doing his best to move on after losing a fair bit of weight, becoming a successful graphic artist with his own popular line of comics and living in New York. Priss though refuses to leave and will continue to be his Achilles heel as he tries to drown his past in booze, drugs and sex. Things will seemingly go full circle when Ian meets the beautiful and sweet Megan and fall in love. Ian wants to be a better man for Megan and after proposing is the happiest he has ever been. Priss though is not happy and will do everything in her power to make Ian suffer for ever wanting to leave her.I can honestly say this books was not quite the way i thought it would be. I pictured Priss as the possessive ex who was very dangerous and although she was creepy i was not prepared for link that connected her and Ian. Nothing in the story is quite as it seems with the story going from one twist to the other at breakneck speed. The question of "is Priss real or just a figment of Ian's imagination" lingers over the story and one that becomes clearer as the story progresses. At it's heart though the story is about love, in all it's bizarre and twisted ways. For anyone looking for a heart pumping thriller with the odd supernatural elements, this book will be right up your ally and comes highly recommended.

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-03 15:24

    Ian Paine is a successful author of graphic comic novels. Life is good, he is wealthy, lives in a cool apartment in New York and has met Megan, the girl of his dreams. But life wasn't always so good for Ian. As a child he was the weird fat boy who everyone shunned and bullied. With a troubled family life and no friends, he spent a lot of time on his own, out in the woods around his home. One day he met a young girl Priss, who played with him and became his friend. She was always there when he looked for her in the woods, eventually following him to art school and New York, where she has become a beautiful, seductive woman. However, there is a dark side to Priss who leads Ian into wild behaviour, drinking and taking drugs. Whenever someone hurts Ian, something bad happens to them and Ian is beginning to believe Priss is involved. But is Priss real or a figment of Ian's imagination from his popular "Fatboy and Priss" graphic novels?This is a rollercoaster of a thriller, addictive and forever leading you on to discover the truth about Priss. The story is fast paced, slipping effortlessly between the real events in Ian's life to the fiction he is creating in his graphic novel. But what is real and what is imagined? The suspense and tension build relentlessly as Ian slides down the slippery slope towards madness and despair and risks losing Megan and everything he has worked for. An excellent psychological thriller. Highly recommended!With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book to review.

  • Veronica ⭐️
    2019-04-16 21:44

    At a time in Ian’s life when he was drowning in anger and sorrow he met Priss, a young girl his own age who always seemed to be running freely around the woods.Priss was always there when he needed someone to talk to, someone to look after him.He was weak, she was strong. She wouldn’t let anyone hurt him. Ian's life had been full of drugs and run-ins with the law but now that he had grown up, changed, he had come to the realisation that Priss was what was messing him up. He had fallen in love with Megan and “wanted” Priss out of his life but he “needed” her in it. Would Priss let him go so easily? Would she be happy to release her hold on him or will his relationship put Megan in grave danger?Crazy Love You is my first Lisa Unger novel and I could not put this book down. It is an addictive psychological thriller. It will have you on the edge of your seat. I felt the full gambit of emotions, sorrow, empathy, heart racing and anxiety. Just when I thought I had it all figured out I read on to find I had it all wrong.A love story that is dark enough to be addictive but not give you nightmares. It will have you double guessing the whole way through.Crazy Love You is highly recommended. I will definitely be reading more Lisa Unger novels. Thank you to netgalley for my copy to read and review.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-12 23:35

    The first half of this book was everything that I love about Lisa Unger's novels. I don't ever remember being disappointed in anything that she has ever written but the ending of this book was really disappointing. Although I wasn't happy with it it's not going to stop me from reading her next novel.

  • Paul
    2019-04-07 16:38

    Crazy Love You – It Gets Under Your SkinLisa Unger returns with Crazy Love You which is without doubt a well written psychological thriller that takes you on an interesting journey while questioning your own sanity. The way Unger has written Crazy Love You it gets under your skin, you just devour the pages to see whether you were correct that is pulsating from beginning to end. To me this is a slight departure from her previous work but it is a fantastic detour such a taut thriller that keeps you on edge throughout.Ian and Priss have been friends since childhood, they have always been there for each other, through the highs and lows of life nothing can seem to separate them. They have their special place in the woods outside of the small town of The Hollows but they seem to encourage each other. One thing that people agree on is that when Priss is around she is a bad influence on Ian, and bad things happen, which she does and Ian covers for her.As an adult Ian and Priss have escaped to New York, Ian is a respectable graphic novelist of the Fatboy and Priss stories, and has a cult following. Priss lives in a squat and bums around New York causing chaos wherever she goes.Ian enjoys using illegal and legal highs whenever he can but when he falls in love with Megan and starts dating her, Priss is none too pleased. Priss sets out to destroy the relationship between Ian and Megan who she wants to herself and not share with anyone. Priss has always been the centre of Ian’s life and she is going to fight to remain there, she does not care how much pain others have to endure for her to remain in control of Ian’s life and destiny.Throughout the book you consistently question yourself about Ian and Priss the rather blurred lines and it is a wonderful sleight of hand by Unger keeps you guessing at least all the way through and even then you have to question yourself. You really hope that there can be an accommodation for both women in Ian’s life but whether that is possible depends if Ian can confront his past, so that he may face his future.The way this psychological thriller is written it will keep you riveted throughout the story, at times you will be shocked and others you can see things coming but like a rabbit in the headlights carry on reading. This really is a cracking read, a compulsive tale which has you rooting for Ian and Megan hoping that Priss can be contained. Lisa Unger draws you in gives you a great thrill ride, that leaves you breathless at the end.

  • Judi Anne
    2019-04-16 20:43

    Young Ian lives with his family in a small town in Upstate New York and he is called Fatboy by his schoolmates. He is bullied and tormented and his only solace is to run to the woods where he can feel safe. It is there he meets Priss and they become best friends. She sets out to get revenge on the boys that are tormenting Ian. She is his protector and he worships her.Fast forward to present day Manhattan, NY. Ian has lost weight and has become a very handsome, self confident man. He is a successful graphic artist who has become wealthy by writing the Fatboy and Priss series. When he meets Megan he falls instantly in love with her but Priss is having none of that. Dark disastrous forces take over and Ian is again consumed with Priss’ powers over him. Unwillingly, he is pulled into a mysterious web of terror."I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
 will you rest upon my little bed?" said the spider to the fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin and if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in."
"O no, no," said the little fly, for I've often heard it said, they NEVER, NEVER WAKE again, who sleep upon YOUR bed."(The second verse of The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt)Ian begins spiraling down and is consumed with Priss’ engulfing strength. Here, the sexual scenes are sensuous and horrifying. Ian pulls away but cannot let go and he tries to cope with alcohol and drugs and begins to question his sanity. After all, his mentally ill mother is in a sanitarium and then there is the question of his baby sister mysteriously dying. Megan begins to doubt their relationship and the reader begins to ask the question ,”Is Priss real or a spirit entity?” Is she the devil incarnate or a figment of Ian’s imagination?The story was odd but very captivating. I carried my iPhone with me to listen to the audiobook. It went with me to the car, the laundry room, the kitchen and everywhere else that I could listen to a few minutes of this surprisingly good suspense story. I’ve really liked the several other Lisa Unger novels I've read and I plan to read a few more in the future. She always writes an entertaining tale and she never disappoints!

  • Julie
    2019-04-04 19:44

    Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger is a 2015 Touchstone publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Wow, Lisa Unger really knows how to weave a twisted tale doesn't she? I'm still coming out of my book coma after finishing this one. Ian Paine is doing pretty well for himself. He is a graphic novelist, making an above average salary, rents a loft in New York and could have his work optioned for the big screen To put the cherry on the cake, he has met the love of his life, Megan. But, Ian has a few unresolved issues from his childhood that threaten his current state of contentment. For starters there is Priss, his childhood friend, his avenger and a prominent character in his graphic novels. The problem is Ian is growing up emotionally, finally, and Priss is none too happy to find that Ian has outgrown her, especially after all she has done for him. For Ian was that kid in school who was easily bullied. An only child, overweight, sheltered, and whose mother was mentally ill. “Ah gym class. Remember it? Institutionally sanctioned torture for society's misfits. God help you in America if you are not thin and fit, attractive, athletic, and coordinated, driven to win at any cost. God help you if you are broken or sad, or even just cerebral, or artistic, or just want to be left alone. You will be told in a million ways- directly, subliminally, - just how deficient you are. But nowhere will that message be delivered with more naked brutality than in a middle school gymnasium.” Such was Ian's tortured life in “The Hallows” while growing up. He is still man child in many ways until he meets Meagan. Meagan makes him want to be a better man, to grow up, to be the kind of guy she deserves. “ Love is like an anesthetic, isn't it? It dulls all the pain, pushes back your worries, quiets your inner demons. Your ten feet tall and bulletproof.” But, it seems that Ian still can't pull everything together for Meagan. He still indulges in drugs and drink, and there is that every pressing problem with Priss, who is getting more and more aggressive as Ian becomes more deeply involved with Meagan. So, you think you have if figured out, then you don't, then you do, then you don't. Trust me, you won't figure it out. Flashbacks provide insight into Ian's dark and morose background, his frequent violent outburst, his relationship with his parents, details about “The Hallows”, and how through the years anytime he found himself in a bind, Priss was always there to rescue him. Is Priss real? A figment of his imagination? An hallucination? The product of an unstable mind? Does the insanity run in the family? A dual personality? Just a character in his novels? I really like this book because of it's imaginative storyline and how it kept me guessing and thinking about the characters. It was pitch perfect pacing, with taut, heart stopping suspense, leading the reader to a pat conclusion, only to rank the rug out from under you time and time again. This novel is relentless. Suspenseful, atmospheric, dark, psychological, but through all the fog and haze of what is real and what isn't, there is one thing that stands out to me. Love. Yes, love. If not for that powerful emotion the conclusion of this book would have much different.You will think about this book long after you finish it. Even as I write this review certain details are still running through my mind making me appreciate the story even more. 4.5 rounded to 5

  • Michael
    2019-03-29 22:46

    Ian is a troubled man who does not have good role models to look up to. According to him,his dad is masculine and frowns upon weak guys like him who has no backbone. While he feels that he should toughen up, everyone else feels justified in their abnormal ways. Adding insult to his injury, his mother is deceased and the only one that he feels connected with is Prissy. Prissy is a reckless girl who he should stay away from, her erratic behavior gets him in more trouble than usual. Whenever he is with her, he feels unsafe but she is therapeutic to him,as they mix anger and love together. The people around him doubt her existence but he is certain that she is more alive than ever. Lurking around in the graveyard, she is the best at pushing his buttons but he secretly disdains the thought of leaving her.Megan the good girl who he dates is not too fond of Prissy. Ian refuses to talk about her, stating their relationship is toxic, but he sees her behind Megan back. Megan is the ideal girl that everyone wants to bring home, she is sweet and trustworthy, the complete opposite of Prissy. Taking things to the next level, Megan wants to marry him and start a family. Ian does not know if that is a good idea, especially since her father is apprehensive about them taking things to the next level. Prissy thinks Ian relationship with Megan is a big joke but Ian is adamant that their relationship is solid.A fire leaves many questioning who started it? Ian is going to have to convince a lot of people of his innocence but he is not going to make Prissy a suspect. Megan and Ian relationship is tested in this twisted, disturbing but unforgettable novel about how far you go to protect the ones you love.Lisa Unger has done it again, she has once again blew my mind about how she develop thrillers! From the first page, to the last, this was full of twists and turns. Absolutely love the writing style, rich character development and how you did not see where the story was going. Ian was such a likeable character, he was sympathetic to Megan but I believe his heart was with Prissy.As another reviewer asked, If you have not discovered Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?

  • Emily Bishop
    2019-04-06 23:44

    As a fan of Lisa Unger's, I was eagerly awaiting this new 'psychological thriller' and rushed out to purchase it on it's publication date. Unfortunately, I was bitterly disappointed. If it wasn't for how much I enjoyed her previous books, I would have stopped reading when I worked out the twist - very early on. I wouldnot classify this as a psychological thriller, with such strong supernatural themes- and would not recommend anyone who has not read Lisa Unger's other fantastic books to start with this one.

  • Deborah
    2019-04-15 23:40

    It’s a case of life imitating art for Ian Paine. Or wait, should that be art imitating life?Ian’s a successful graphic novelist with a series, Fatboy and Priss which is loosely based on his own life. Chubby as a child, 10 year old Ian was friendless until he met Priss. They became friends and Priss saw Ian through some rough times, including family tragedies.Twenty years later Ian is a world away from his childhood home in The Hollows. His success has set him up in a trendy New York loft where he happily spends most of his time drunk or stoned and engaged in a casual on-again / off-again destructive relationship with Priss; the latter having the knack of appearing when Ian's at his most vulnerable.Until one day he sees Megan. Megan’s sweet and earnest and Ian can’t help but fall in love with her. Despite knowing they'll incur Priss’s jealous rage.Crazy Love You is another book which is hard to discuss at length without giving too much away.Unger cleverly spins this tale so we don’t exactly know what’s happening. I’ve mentioned in recent reviews of Fleur Smithwick’s How To Make A Friend and SK Tremayne’s The Ice Twins, that there are some similarities between these three novels. And it’s bizarre I seem to find myself reading books with a similar undercurrent or theme.Read the full review in my blog: stars

  • Brenda
    2019-04-24 23:41

    This book has left me befuddled. Was the protagonist really mentally ill? Was there a curse on the family through the generations? Were there supernatural happenings? I feel like I've lost touch with reality with this book. Maybe someone with an interest in comic books would like this, or understand this, more than I did.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-19 16:26

    This is a book that will make your stomach turn flips as you read it. Unger kept me from trusting that anything would be okay in this book. Quite a journey.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling
    2019-04-01 19:45

    My View:This book will have you twisted inside out trying to work out what is real and what is not.A great psychological drama with characters that you will empathise with, sympathise with and be very wary of. As you read on and become involved in this drama you will start to doubt who is real …art is reflecting life a little too consistently mirroring chapters in Ian’s graphics books (or is it the other way round?) and this will have your head in a spin. This is a love story with delusions, hauntings, drug dependency and psychosis. This is a fast moving intense and very emotional psychological thriller – Ms Unger is at her best her as she delves into the psyche of her characters and shares with you their very dysfunctional lives that are teetering on the verge of meltdown. At the heart of this narrative are the basic human needs of being loved and wanted and listened too; we are all motivated by love and fear and this book has massive helping of each ingredient. The character Ian Paine (such an appropriate name considering Ian’s lot in life) writes and illustrates graphic novels for a living. I love the way the author uses the script and literal illustrations in Ian’s graphic novel, Fatboy and Priss to provide an alternative voice, an alternative reality in this novel. Trouble is we don’t quite know whose voice it is and its voice becomes more real as Ian’s hold on reality slips. Ms Unger exposes so many social issues in this novel; post natal/partum depression, child abuse, drug dependency, psychosis and addictions of all varieties. It is an eye opening experience reading this book, delving into worlds that blur and constantly redefine themselves. It is hard to know what reality is, which events/voices are the hallucinations and I like that this book plays with the perception of reality. Drug induced psychosis is a very real problem for so many people, especially young people and I am glad this novel highlights this issue. This is a fascinating read and one that I think is enhanced by reading Ms Unger’s short story series based in the town of Hollows where Ian grew up and the dramas started. This is a great psychological thriller from the master of the genre.

  • Linda Strong
    2019-04-06 21:24

    I wish I could say this was a love story and stop there, but it's much, much more.Ian meets Priss as a young child ... right after his mother kills his baby sister. Ian has always been a lonely child and when his mother is committed to an asylum, things become worse. He is teased and tormented at school, day after day.... until Priss makes them pay for hurting her new friend.Ian soon learns that when Priss is unhappy ... terrible things happen.When Ian meets Megan, Priss is not happy ...not happy at all.This was such a disturbing book for me to read. It has all the great elements ... a great story, well-written, a deep dark mystery to get lost in. It's also a story of revenge. Maybe it's a ghost story ... and maybe it isn't. Ian and Priss and Megan are all so perfectly fleshed out. They come to life with this author's descriptions.It is Ian's voice who tells the story ... it is stated in the book ..I believe that you believe. That just about sums it up.I have read several Lisa Unger books .. this is my favorite. Strongly recommend this one to anyone who likes psychological elements with their reading. Mesmerizing Psychological Mystery 5 Stars hands down!

  • Judy Collins
    2019-04-17 18:20

    Wow, was it fun, fun, fun to catch up with Lisa Unger’sFatboy and Priss, in this much awaited psychological thriller, CRAZY LOVE YOU--which I devoured in one day! THE WHISPERS: If you have read the other titles leading up to the main attraction with teasers, introduced in the novellas--the writer, creator, and illustrator, Ian Paine. He is now a successful graphic novelist, with a famous comic series featuring characters: Fatboy and Priss.In his popular series, Fatboy is fat, a nerd, and a loser. Priss is smoking hot, a sexy red head and a favorite among all the teenage and adolescent boys. The fans are unaware, Ian was Fatboy, and Priss was his only childhood friend and salvation. Two souls, with a tragic childhood, lost in the small town called, The Hollows outside of New York. Fatboy had a difficult childhood bullied at school his entire life. It is only when he left the town, worked out, lost weight, new clothes, apartment, new haircut, identity, did he become a successful novelists living in New York, a changed man. (with unhealthy addictions). Priss was always there for him, when no one else was. However, now that he is successful and independent, does he still need Priss? She is always there tempting him and pulling him in. Is she a real person, or just an imaginary friend he created when he was younger? Ian meets a new gal (a nanny) at the park named Megan. Megan is the nice girl, who comes from a good family, unlike his own dysfunctional one. He wants this life so bad; however, Priss continues to draw him into her world. As the relationship between Megan and Ian grows and becomes more serious, Priss is threatened, making Ian feel more insecure and pulls him back to the Hollows, a place where he never wants to find himself again. After he has worked too hard to escape the whispers, the voices, his childhood, the memories, and the negativity of this small town.With flashbacks from Ian’s childhood yearsto the present, we learn of more destruction. From his mom with mental illness, a dead sister, a dad which is emotionally removed, and a grandmother which used food for comfort. What about Priss, her role? Now, Megan is in danger and Ian may lose everything with self-destructive behavior, unless he confronts his past to find the real reason behind his relationship with Priss and The Hollows. What does Priss really want and is he strong enough to face the future, and have a normal relationship with Megan and a future family.As Ian’s present and personal life, collides with his fantasy characters –readers will be glued to the pages to learn the final fate of these two partners in crime. You will learn of the horror of Priss' childhood and why these two were bound emotionally, to one another. A fast-paced suspense psychological thriller, leaving you guessing reality versus fiction, and good versus evil. CRAZY LOVE YOU can be read as a standalone; however, would recommend reading the novellas in order to get a good ideas of the craziness of The Hollows. All are 4-5 star thrillers and Lisa Unger has some creative imagination! The Whispersis an e-novella in three-parts, spanning 30 years in the life of Eloise Montgomery, who discovers her amazing gift in the wake of tragedy. Its tendrils reach back to FRAGILE, the novel in which Eloise first appeared, and ahead to CRAZY LOVE YOU. I listened to the audiobook,narrated by Jeremy Bobb, with a perfectly matched voice for Ian for an outstanding performance. This is definitely one you will not want to put down. JDCMustReadBooks The Whispers #1 The Burning Girl #2 The Three Sisters #3

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-04-02 18:26

    Ian Paine had a painful childhood growing up in the Hollows, a small rural town in Upstate New York. He found solace with his friend Priss and his love of comic books. Bullied and accused of crimes he did not commit he sought escape to New York City. He becomes a successful graphic novelist and through it all Priss remains his friend and confidant. Priss has a whirlwind personality filled with booze, drugs and sex. She is very protective of Ian, and their relationship is quite toxic. Ian is growing weary and is ready for something more when he meets and falls for Megan. For the first time in forever, his life is falling into place perfectly, but Priss is not happy and the tale that unfolds sends their lives spiraling out of control.Unger weaved such an incredible tale from Ian’s childhood to his wildly successful Fatboy graphic novels. I love how she kept me as the reader on edge as I tried to discern fact and fiction. A subtle paranormal thread and side characters took me further down the rabbit hole. Ian while not entirely likable is a character the reader comes to care for even as we question everything. Megan is sweet, and their romance is sprinkled throughout the book. The focus if Crazy Love You, is on Ian and his relationship with Priss. It was brilliantly done.The synopsis of Crazy Love You is vague, and I make it a point never to reveal more. I think that with this book in particular the joy is in the discovery. I went into this with nothing more than the synopsis and loved how Unger allowed the tale to unfold, weaving the past into the present and connecting the dots. The characters are fleshed out, the story is vivid and the tension and danger increase as the story progresses.If psychological thrillers and unreliable narrators are your thing, Crazy Love You will knock your socks off. I cannot wait to explore more of Lisa Unger's work.Copy provided by publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Rosanna Leo
    2019-04-03 20:43

    Wow. This was a really good read, one that left me conflicted but in a good way. I found that, even though protagonist Ian has a horrible childhood, I found it hard to muster up sympathy for Ian the man. I wanted him to smarten up, man up and move on. However, he's a broken spirit and his journey is a difficult one. I felt I'd figured out the riddle of Priss early on, but the author weaves in so much suspense you are happy to go along for the ride. Will Ian confront his demons? Will he be able to leave the specter of Priss behind and have a healthy life with Megan? Ms. Unger keeps the reader guessing right until the end, and even afterwards. I'm not entirely convinced Ian has vanquished his ghosts. I'm not sure he ever will. And that sense of wonderful foreboding is what makes this story shine.

  • Laura
    2019-04-03 23:40

    I'm having a hard time rating this book, to be honest. I was thinking about rounding up from 3.5 to 4 stars but I'm feeling less than enthusiastic about the ending. It is worth mentioning that there was an interesting focus on inner vs outer demons that captured and held my attention throughout the book.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-05 23:21

    4.5 Crazy good !! Lisa Ungers best yet.

  • Sam Still Reading
    2019-04-21 19:26

    I know a lot of people really like Lisa Unger’s books. I’m partial to the odd psychological thriller myself. I read In the Blood last year and thought it had some clever, creepy moments. So I thought I’d try her latest book, Crazy Love You to see what kind of twisted journey I could be transported on. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. While the book’s plot moves at a breakneck speed, I guessed the twist early on and I kept reading, hoping to be surprised by a blind turn or a subtle piece of evidence I’d missed. But it didn’t happen. Not even the ‘but it was all a dream’ ending. There was no punch, no tricks, no nothing. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I not guessed the twist, but I think there were so many hints that it’s pretty hard not to work things out.Crazy Love You has a very interesting plot though. It’s told from the first person perspective of Ian, a successful graphic novel artist and author living in a really cool loft in New York City. His life is pretty sweet, he’s found a great girl in Megan and people love his Fatboy and Priss stories. Ian has a sad past though – his little sister died as a baby and his mother lives in a psychiatric institution in The Hollows (a familiar setting in Unger’s books). Ian was also teased for his weight as a child/teenager, but he always had his friend Priss. She was his strength, but she had a nasty habit of getting him into trouble. Ian’s starting to work out that Priss is a bad influence on his life, but Priss doesn’t want to let their relationship end. What’s great is how Ian’s life is mirrored in his Fatboy and Priss novels. I loved reading how the next story would develop even more than Ian’s real life, because it had that element of fantasy and positive spin to it.As for the characters, I started off sympathising with Ian. As the novel progressed, I lost my patience with him. He’s essentially weak and although there are other factors at play, he’s increasingly unlikeable. I didn’t feel that Megan deserved him – she was a good girl, rather innocent but I wondered how their connection could stay so strong. Was it her need to save Ian, redeem him? I felt she brought much more to the relationship than he did. And as for Priss – she’s a firebrand. Determined, she won’t let anybody stand in her way – which is exactly what Ian needed to balance the weak parts of his personality. Even though she wreaks havoc in the story, I wish she’d done something with the ending. I felt it was a bit of a cop-out, a letdown. I like thrillers to have some form of sense, rather than relying on unproven subjects to ‘explain’ why things happened that way. (I’m not going to spoil the ending here).The story of Crazy Love You is good, but the ending just didn’t do it for me. Other readers may not see the twist or be happy for the ending to be slightly ambiguous/implausible, but I’m afraid I couldn’t forgive that. I would like to read a Fatboy and Priss novel though!Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the eARC. My review is honest and unbiased.

  • Bookschatter
    2019-04-21 17:38

    Crazy Love You  by Lisa Unger is an intriguing and taut  psychological suspense narrated from the point of view of Ian, a man with a lot of baggage from his past. I devoured each page, and although I had worked things out when I was just ten per cent into the story, this just added to my excitement and eagerness to read on. I think that if I had just picked up this book, without having read a previous piece, I would have had a completely different take on the events being presented to me, which may have kept me guessing but may have ultimately left me confused. Therefore, if you are considering reading this book, I would strongly suggest you first read The Whispers e-novella, which comprises of three parts: "The Whispers", "The Burning Girl" and "The Three Sisters".  Ensure to read them in that order. I would recommend these novels to anyone who is comfortable with paranormal and supernatural events,  I truly enjoy Lisa Unger's writing style and will endeavour to acquaint myself with her back catalogue. [ARC received via Netgalley]BooksChatter

  • Kari
    2019-04-02 16:45

    I've had Crazy Love You on my TBR list for a while. I'm regretting waiting over a year to read the book. because really enjoyed it. The story-line ended up going in a completely different direction than I thought is was going. The main character in the story has ties with The Hollows, a small town with secrets and ghosts. Ian is a graphic novelist living in New York City. His best friend Priss is a bad seed who always gets him into trouble. His drug addition doesn't help matters. When he meets Megan, the love of his life, Priss seems to not want to let go of Ian and let him be happy.As I said, I thought this book would go in one direction, but ended up being something completely different. I won't give away too much of the plot because there are a few twists that will surprise you. I ultimately did like Ian. It was hard to watch him self destruct. But honestly, I found myself rooting for him and especially Megan.I do recommend this one. I thought it was creepy and full of suspense. I plan on looking up this author's other books involving The Hollows.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-03-28 18:24

    I was a little bored with this one from start to finish. Solid writing but I didn't care for the story. I was underwhelmed after giving five stars to her last book, In the Blood.

  • Kimberli Galvez
    2019-04-03 19:35

    move over Steven king... this book is mind blowing and will have you reading until late at night. I give this one 10 stars.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-23 17:29

    5 Hauntingly-Great-Stars! ☆☆☆☆☆This book proves that you don't need fancy covers, endless sex scenes or cursing to be a good; a really good book. Give me a good story with a captivating plot any day of the week and you'll see me smiling while reading. Crazy love you puts all other books to shame. They can't compare to the mix of heart, suspense & horror in this compulsively addictive story. I loved everything from the characters to the flow of the story. Every character had personality and was unique in their own way. I had a clear description of each person and what they contributed to the story. Priss is what you picture a hot badass to be. She's wild, strong, fun and doesnt take crap from anyone. Theres only one problem with her. Priss is bat-sh!t crazy! She vindictive, vengeful and full of rage on Ian's behalf. Ian is sweet, corny, funny and honest. He doesn't skirt around the truth which is refreshing.Ian's mother...hell, she scares me. I think even more than Priss does. What mother just leaves her baby crying in dirty diapers to take a nap?!?! I was enraged, upset, horrified and confused all at the same time. And then just when you try to come to terms with her being a detached mother, she does the unspeakable...Megan, :) , Megan is sweet and pretty and naive like most sheltered girls. Even though she grew up around money, she didn't let it taint her, and that is a rare quality. Her love for Ian makes me smile. Its deeper than just list or affection. Its the kind of love we all dream about. Pure, and everlasting.I remember, at Page 49 was when i officially started questioning Ian's sanity. Does he have split/ dual personality disorder? Schizophrenia? I loved not knowing what was real from what was imaginary, until the climactic ending that had me on the edge of my seat. The resounding theme of 'the Hollows never let you leave' was held true even till the end, which kinda broke my heart. I wanted Ian and Megan to get their happy ending, and in a sense they did... but trapped in town of Hollows.

  • Diane Cuipers
    2019-04-09 18:29

    Aan de kant gelegd flauw boek !

  • BookNerdsBrainDump
    2019-04-16 19:43

    Short Take: Uh… what just happened here?I think I’m getting cranky in my old age. Or maybe it’s that I’m lazy, and I just don’t like to think too hard anymore. Maybe my OCD is finally winning, and I just can’t be happy unless everything is wrapped up in a nice neat package, with the corners all taped down and the loops on the bow exactly the same size.Take, for example, Crazy Love You. This was a really, really, REALLY fun book up until the end. Ian Paine’s life is one big raw deal. As a child, he suffers through a terrible incident that ends with the death of his baby sister and his mother’s institutionalization. His father tries to make sure he’s OK, but is one of those manly types who has a hard time with emotions. A relentlessly bullied teenager, Ian turns to food and comic books for comfort. And he turns to Priss - his one and only friend, confidant, lover, avenging angel, his everything, for a very long time. Priss gets even with the bullies and unkind teachers for him. She’s dark and angry, but she doesn’t care how much he weighs, or how much of a social outcast he is. She’s also all he has. He never questions the twisted roads she leads them both down. Eventually, as an adult, Ian begins creating his own comic series “Fatboy and Priss” which becomes successful enough for him to move to a luxury apartment in Manhattan.Priss moves as well, and the two still see each other occasionally. But then Ian meets Megan. Megan is, quite simply, good. She’s working as a nanny, and actually really cares about the little boy she watches. She’s kind, and pretty in a simple way, and open - everything Priss is not. Ian falls head over heels in love with Megan, and she with him, and their lives couldn’t be any more perfect but for one thing: Priss isn’t happy. And when Priss isn’t happy, very bad things can happen.There’s a lot of meat to this one. We get flashbacks to when Ian was a lonely, furious teenager, and little drips of insight into who Priss is, interspersed with the scary and bizarre things that are happening to both Ian and Megan today. Crazy Love You shines so hard in these parts. Lisa Unger is fantastic at building these characters, and putting them in jeopardy, and making me flip pages faster and faster to get to the answers. Ian is an unreliable narrator, and we don’t know if he’s lying or hallucinating or telling the honest-to-God truth throughout the book. Priss is a cypher, maybe real, maybe not, maybe a delusion or a ghost or just a really mysterious person. Megan is drawn to Ian for her own reasons that don’t necessarily make sense to anyone else. What’s great about all of it is that the characters are so damn real. From Megan’s compulsion to be a caretaker, to Ian’s anger and self-loathing, you really get a feel for who these people are, and even when they are behaving in ways you don’t agree with, their actions are exactly what you’d expect.But none of the story clicks together in any kind of satisfying way by the end. Had the first seven-eighths of Crazy Love You not been so great, I would probably be a lot more forgiving of the ending. I've always thought that the open ending is a cop-out. "Was it this, or was it that? WE MAY NEVER KNOW." Ugh. It's not thought-provoking, or mysterious, it's just ambiguous and a little lazy. It's a way to avoid having to tie up loose ends or fix inconsistencies. But then again, damn, those were some great characters, and the pace was perfect, and the steadily increasing threats and assaults made Crazy Love You impossible to put down. What the heck, I'd still recommend it for those reasons.The Nerd’s Rating: FOUR HAPPY NEURONS

  • Tamara
    2019-04-16 23:48

    Review originally posted:Traveling With T This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.Crazy Love YouIan, when he was growing up, did not have a good life. He was overweight, he used food for comfort. He didn’t fit in with his classmates. He was bullied.One day, he meets Priss. She doesn’t go to his school- but she lives near his house. They meet and play and have fun. Priss becomes his protector. And Ian needs protecting. His life has not been easy- and Priss has been a friend to him- when no one else would.Years later, Ian has shed his loser image. He’s lost weight, become successful, has a series of graphic novels based on him and Priss. He’s wildly popular now.And yet- as much as life has changed… it’s still the same.Because of Priss.Priss is still in his life, although their interactions have changed. Ian is not always weak. He does not always need Priss to take care of him. Sometimes, Priss actually does more damage. But, Ian can’t shake her. They were best friends. Their lives were linked.When Ian meets a new girl- a girl he could be serious about- he wants to change. He wants to give up all the bad habits he’s had and be a man worthy of her love. Priss has other ideas, though. And she’s not willing to let Ian go.Traveling With T’s Thoughts:Wowza. This is my 3rd Lisa Unger novel. CRAZY LOVE YOU makes you wonder at times if you are going crazy. What is real? What is in Ian’s head? Is Ian an unreliable narrator?I kept going back and forth in my head about this book. Like I enjoyed it quite a bit- and I would find myself turning pages to find out what would happen next. Then it got to a point that it almost took on a much more sinister tone than I was anticipating (and I CANNOT read that kind of stuff at night before I go to sleep) so I put the book down to finish the next morning.Each time I thought I had something figured out for sure, that I knew where Lisa was headed- well, she just laughed and took the book elsewhere. By the end, my head was so twisted (but in a good way!)Ian was a character that I couldn’t decide about. He would be sympathetic at times, then at times I would want to shake him so hard his teeth would fall out (please don’t tell Priss I said that!) In the end, when all was revealed, I was entertained. I thought some of the last twists that Lisa threw in were nice touches.So, what is the verdict? This being the 3rd book of Lisa’s that I have read- I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did IN THE BLOOD, but way more than I did FRAGILE. I’m def recommending the readers of Traveling With T to give this book a try- especially if you dig a psychological suspense book!Bottom Line: Buy. Borrow. Steal (not really!) Get this book.*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration by Touchstone Books. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*CRAZY LOVE YOU was a Traveling With T selection for Futuristic Friday Jan-March 2015.Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,T @ Traveling With T