Beautiful Lies: A Novel

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Crown/Archetype, Apr 18, 2006 - Fiction - 384 pages
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If Ridley Jones had slept ten minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the beautiful lie she used to call her life. She would still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfect—with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.

But that’s not what happened. Instead, those inconsequential decisions lead her to perform a good deed that puts her in the right place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that brings a mysterious package to her door—a package which informs her that her entire world is a lie.

Suddenly forced to question everything she knows about herself and her family, Ridley wanders into dark territory she never knew existed, where everyone in her life seems like a stranger. She has no idea who’s on her side and who has something to hide—even, and maybe especially, her new lover, Jake, who appears to have secrets of his own.

Sexy and fast-paced, Beautiful Lies is a true literary thriller with one of the freshest voices and heroines to arrive in years. Lisa Unger takes us on a breathtaking ride in which every choice Ridley makes creates a whirlwind of consequences that are impossible to imagine . . . .


A featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Mystery Guild, and Rhapsody Book Club.

Also available as a Random House AudioBook, a Large Print edition, and an eBook.

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Review: Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones #1)

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I gave this book 4 stars instead of 3 because the psychology in the book, the way Ridley is being manipulated by those around her and how she fights back. I thought the writing and descriptions of relationships was very interesting. Other than that, it was just a basic, good thriller. Read full review

Review: Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones #1)

User Review  - Allison - Goodreads

My only complaint was the main character not seeing some things about her beautiful lies that were obvious to me reading but I guess that goes with the tenacity we all have to want to keep our lives ... Read full review

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Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 26 different languages.

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