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.
After an act of heroism garners instant fame for 30-something New York freelancer Ridley Jones, she receives a faded photo of a man, a familiar-looking woman and a little girl along with a note asking, "Are you my daughter " Shaken, she confronts her parents, who affirm she is theirs by birth; that same day, however, hot new neighbor Jake enters her life, and he's less sure. With breathless speed, Unger is off on an action-packed journey of treachery and intrigue-and sex and romance. Jake turns out to have just as much at stake in discovering Ridley's past as she, but in the way are Ridley's controlling parents; her drug-addicted brother, Ace; her intrusive former boyfriend, pediatrician Zack; and the people protecting the legacy of her Uncle Max, a real estate mogul who used his influence to fund rescue houses for abused women and children. Following leads garnered from scrutinizing the operations of places Max's foundation supports, Ridley and Jake uncover a chilling scheme for taking infants and toddlers from violent homes; their relationship heats up, and Ridley's family gets very edgy. The premise-that there is a dark side to the safe haven law-is deep as well as clever, and Unger plays it out thrillingly. $150,000 ad/promo; 10-city tour. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . good book
Posted June 23, 2012 by JoAnn , AZI liked it, good book. I thought some of it was predictable, but that may be because I watch to many movies. I liked the plot, there were some surprises.
However, I still want to know who murdered Teresa Stone.
2 . Not great, IMO
Posted March 08, 2011 by RG , Ashburn, VAI found this only mildly engaging. Ridley (main character) is supposed to be female, but sure talks like a man. For example, she describes a '69 Firebird as "cherry." She also uses male expressions in describing intimate moments.
Anyway, I felt like it may come together in the end, and it didn't. I was glad to be done when I finished it.
3 . Excellent Story Line
Posted February 17, 2011 by Cindy , New YorkThis was a good book, I recommended it to my book club.
The story was very interesting and the best part was it wasn't predicable at all.
4 . Predictable
Posted September 13, 2010 by Allison , LansingThere was very little depth to the characters in this story and their relationships lacked depth as well. It was hard to get attached to any of the characters. The plot was very predictable and the story became very repetitive. There was one mystery throughout the book that kept my attention and I continued reading to find the outcome, but the mystery was never solved and a lot of major questions went unanswered. Overall, the book came across as corny, cheesy & unrealistic. Good thing I only paid $0.99 for it!
5 . decent read, left some threads hanging
Posted September 03, 2010 by watson7707 , eatontonThe book is a decent read. I did indeed get into the story line and the characters got into my head. My problem withthe book is that there are unanswered questions to the story. Threads that are hanging so to speak. I'm like ok, everything is all tied up nice and neat (the author made a point of doing that) except the most intriging part of the plot!....didn't like that at all.
6 . Couldn't put it down.
Posted August 30, 2010 by MaryBeth , KeewatinI hadn't heard of this author before and bought it because it was such a bargain. I found it very engaging and had trouble putting it down.
7 . Couldn't put it down
Posted August 23, 2010 by Kara , Port OrchardI read this book in one day, I couldn't put it down. Great book! I will definitely buy from this author again.
8 . Can't beat the price
Posted August 23, 2010 by LP , Colorado SpringsI struggled through the first few chapters, but after that I was hooked. Definitely worth reading.
9 . I couldn't put it down!!!
Posted August 22, 2010 by Claudine , Gatineau (QuÃ©bec)This is really a good read and I recommend it to everyone who likes thriller and suspense novels. I started it and I couldn't put it down until the end. Trust me, it's good.
10 . I liked it
Posted August 20, 2010 by Rosemary , Fremont, CAI was shopping for a new author so tried this title. I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the style.
April 17, 2006
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Excerpt from Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
It's dark in that awful way that allows you to make out objects but not the black spaces behind them. My breathing comes ragged from exertion and fear. The only person I trust in the world lies on the floor beside me. I lean into him and hear that he's still breathing but it's shallow and hard won. He's hurt, I know. But I can't see how badly. I whisper his name in his ear but he doesn't respond. I feel his body but there's no blood that I can tell. The sound of his body hitting the floor minutes before was the worst thing I've ever heard.
I feel the floor around him, looking for his gun. After a few seconds I feel the cool metal beneath my fingertips and I almost weep with relief. But there's no time for that now.
I can hear the rain falling outside the burned-out building, its loud, heavy drops smacking on canvas. It's falling inside, too, trickling in through gaping holes in the roof down through floors of rotted wood and broken staircases. He moves and issues a low groan. I hear him say my name and I lean in close to him again.
"It's okay. We're going to be okay," I tell him, even though I don't have any reason to believe this is true. Somewhere outside or up above us a man I thought I loved, along with other men whom I couldn't identify, are trying to kill us, to protect an awful truth that I've discovered. I am hurt myself, in so much pain that I might pass out if I didn't know it meant dying here in this condemned building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There's something embedded in my right thigh. It's possibly a bullet, or a large spike of wood, or maybe a nail. It's so dark I can just barely see the large hole in my jeans, and the denim is black with my blood. I'm dizzy, the world tilting, but I'm holding on.
I hear them up above us now, see the beams of their flashlights crossing in the dark through the holes in the floors. I try to control my breathing, which to my own ears sounds as loud as an oncoming train. I hear one of the men say to the others, "I think they fell through. They're on the bottom." There was no answer but I can hear them making their way down over creaking wood.