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Lovers and Liars by Sally Beauman

Lovers and Liars (1994)

by Sally Beauman

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This book took a long time to get into. It was overly long. I don't think it was a good as the other two books of hers I read.

I could not believe Gini, this man attempts to rape her and then later she finds out he has killed her cat. Yet she still felt in the end he was honorable, kind and a good man??? Hardly believable. ( )
  dara85 | Jan 11, 2015 |
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In the first book of a trilogy of seductive, suspense-packed Sally Beauman novels, a man and woman stumble upon a political conspiracy in which nothing is what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted.

Just after New Year’s, four small parcels are delivered to Paris, Venice, New York, and London. Photojournalist Pascal Lamartine is sent a woman’s left-handed black leather glove. Reporter Gini Hunter receives a pair of handcuffs. They soon discover that the anonymous packages may be linked to a breaking sex scandal that could rock the world’s political stage.

Who sent the packages, and why? As the dogged journalists delve into a sordid world of lies and deceit, call girls and secret trysts, Gini and Pascal rekindle their own passionate affair. The truth goes back farther than they imagine . . . to the other side of the world and a long-awaited revenge.


Lovers and Liars is a romantic mystery that takes place in England (mostly) during the 1990s (so it was contemporary at the time it was written.) In the story, an English journalist, Gini, and a French photographer, Pascal, join forces on an assignment about a potential political scandal. As they delve deeper into investigations, they find that there is more to the story than they originally thought. With their lives in danger, they are even more determined to find the truth behind the rumors.

The story is written in third person, mostly following Gini and Pascal. At the beginning of the book, there are four parcels that went out internationally – one went to Gini and one went to Pascal. The objects in the parcels are linked to a political scandal surrounding former Senator now ambassador, John Hawthorne. I think the characters are well developed. Throughout the book, you are never quite sure if one of the characters is telling the truth or not to Gini and Pascal. Gini and Pascal have a past that eventually unfolds during the story. Gini was raised by her step-mother in England because her father ignored her; her step-mother and father were divorced. She always wanted to show him that she could do things – such as journalism. Pascal took pictures of war and now handles scandals as well. Both are thrown together after twelve years to cover a scandal. Can their past get in their way or cause a distraction?

One complaint I have of the book is the length. I think it could have been shortened down and still would have been good. At times, I felt like all the twists and turns (making not only the characters doubt themselves, but you as well) could have been condensed. I like twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. However, for the length of the book, it is a little much. The last part of the book definitely picked up pace and had more action. The book is labeled as "thriller" but I think it is more "mystery" instead. Thrillers tend to be a little more fast-paced throughout the book – at least the ones I have read.

I must admit that reading the book set in the 1990s I forgot how unavailable people could be without cells/mobiles. I had to stop myself a few times and say, "No, they can't just call their cell phones. They don't have any!"

Overall, it was a good book. If you like mystery romance novels with hints of scandal, then you might want to try this book. ( )
1 vote Maria1010 | Oct 19, 2013 |
Over-complicated intrigue that is undermined by its lack of realism: the Parisian male protagonist appears to be able to contact almost anyone in London immediately even if he does not know them. ( )
  TheoClarke | Aug 23, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044922368X, Mass Market Paperback)

Now, from the author of Destiny, comes a novel certain to be as talked about, as richly romantic and wicked, as that number one New York Times bestseller. Lovers and Liars is Sally Beauman's sensuous, very contemporary story of public masks and secret lives, of a "perfect" marriage that is not what it seems, and of lovers long separated yet destined to meet, tumultuously, again.
On a frosty January morning soon after the New Year's revels, an exquisitely dressed, beautiful blonde woman sends four identical parcels to four different destinations: Paris, New York, Venice and London. But the lovely messenger is not who she claims to be.
Photographer Pascal Lamartine receives his package in Paris: it is a woman's black glove, silky, scented, and disturbing. In London, reporter Gini Hunter, daughter of a famous Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, opens her parcel to find even more threatening contents. And within hours, Gini's enterprising editor assigns both her and Pascal to expose the story of a lifetime; a story so rich, so ripe with potential scandal, that it could make headlines--and ruin lives. For Gini and Pascal must penetrate the perfect facade of John Hawthorne, the charming, charismatic U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, to sift through the layers of ever-shifting truth about his life.
The wealthy scion of a famous American family--in short, perfect presidential material--John Hawthorne appears to have thrown away a promising political career to take a diplomatic post. Why? His wife, Lise, a legendary beauty, is a master at seducing the media; her delicate features are a constant presence on the society pages for her charity work, her skills as a hostess, and her unrelenting chic. Yet the exhaustive, adoring coverage has left the real woman mysteriously opaque. And now, unbelievably, she seems to be the source of certain whisperings about her husband.
But beyond the sensational story they are about to unmask--a black-widow web of deceit, betrayal, and dark desires more complex and perilous than they could have imagined--Gini and Pascal must confront themselves, their past, and their brief, passionate love affair twelve years before, when the fascination between them reached a fever pitch only to end explosively. Even as their investigation plunges them dangerously into the hypocrisies of the privileged and powerful, where each surprising revelation is replaced by a new, even more shocking contradiction, past merges with present, taking the two lovers back to the hot, bare room at the edge of danger where, for one burning moment, the world made perfect sense, took perfect shape.
Deftly woven of erotic secrets and unfolding deceptions that stretch across more than two decades, Lovers and Liars is a romantic and spellbindingly suspenseful journey into the mysteries of the heart, where love can sustain the soul--or twist it cruelly.
"First-rate suspense." --Cosmopolitan

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A thriller set in London, starring two childhood sweethearts, American reporter Gini Hunter and French photographer Pascal Lamartine. They are assigned to a story, heavy with political intrigue: a U.S. ambassador with presidential aspirations is involved in a scandal with roots all the way to the Vietnam War. By the author of Destiny.

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