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Beautiful Lies: A Novel by Lisa Unger

Beautiful Lies: A Novel

by Lisa Unger

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Ridley Jones is a freelance journalist living in an East Village apartment; she’s between assignments so has a free day and what better way to start that breakfast with her ex-boyfriend. On the way to meet him she happens to witness a situation with a distracted mother and a runaway toddler and saves the child from a potentially lethal traffic mishap. A Post photographer happens to capture her heroic act and she’s a minor celebrity for the next few days. But the publicity draws attention, and a mysterious package delivered to her door includes information that proves her entire life is a lie. Before long she finds herself at the center of a large conspiracy and doesn’t know whom to trust.

This is a fast-paced thriller with an intelligent, resourceful, courageous heroine who thinks – and acts – for herself. Yes, there is a romantic interest, but Ridley doesn’t just rely on Jake to save her. She’s strong-willed and independent, and takes matters into her own hands. Some plot points seemed to get a little overboard, but on the whole this was an entertaining read. I’d definitely read another book by Unger.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Disappointing and predictable. The premise was interesting, but the writing left much to be desired. From out of nowhere the author would suddenly start talking to the reader and the language in such dialogues bore more resemblance to a teenager’s diary than to the supposed reflections of a 30-something freelance writer who was published in notable magazines. This novel was billed as a thriller, but I found nearly everything about it less than thrilling. I read somewhere that this was the first of a series featuring the main character, Ridley Jones. If that is correct, I think I will pass on future adventures. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Entertaining read with a good storyline. A little bit let down by a lingering ended, which didn't feel quite as well crafted as other aspects of the book, generally, though, a pretty enjoyable story. ( )
  donnambr | Nov 27, 2014 |
Really keeps you guessing. You can see where it's going easy enough, but telling the good guys from the bad guys - that's another thing all together. Just like Ridley, you won't know whom to trust. ( )
  DonnaB317 | Oct 7, 2014 |
Awesome book! What a thriller and a good story line-AND a local author as well! ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
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As he was anonymous, without a name . . . at all

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Ridley Jones has been living a lie. A mysterious package showed up on her doorstep one morning and the beautiful lie she used to call her life was over. Suddenly, everyone in she knows feels like a stranger. She has no idea who's on her side and who has something to hide—even her new lover, Jake, might have disturbing secrets of his own.

Now she's determined to find out the truth, even if it means risking her life. Ridley embarks on a breathtaking pursuit where every choice she makes sets off a whirlwind of consequences that are as frightening as they are shocking.

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An impulsive good deed transforms the mundane life of Ridley Jones, a young New York City writer, when she receives a mysterious package that forces her to question everything she knows about herself and sends her on a dangerous quest.

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