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Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Critics agree that she is at the top of her game in her latest release CRAZY LOVE YOU - a creepy and complex tale of obsession, addiction, and more, which The Washington Post calls a "sinister thriller." Never one to play it safe, Unger pushes the boundaries and "scores another bull's eye" says Kirkus.
Additional accolades include selections as a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Book, International Thriller Writers Finalist for Best Novel, France's Prix Polar International Best Book Finalist, Silver Falchion Award Winner for Best Book, Florida Book Award Winner, Bookspan International Book of the Month, Target Emerging Author, Indie Next Book of the Month, Best Book of the Year (Sun Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Suspense Magazine, and Amazon.)
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named top picks by the NBC Today show, CBS Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper's Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Publishers Weekly, Washington Life, New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly and more. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger currently lives in Tampa Bay, Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.
Top Customer Reviews
Our gal Ridley is a thirty-something freelance writer who does work for Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, etc., so she is pretty successful. But rents are high in New York City and even successful freelancers are hard pressed at times to come up with the rent. Ridley does not have this problem. She inherited a healthy sum of money from her uncle, "who wasn't actually an uncle," but her father's best friend. He absolutely adored her. This money cushions her against potential poverty and allows her freedom from financial worries. And "freedom" is a concept of immense importance to her.
Ridley's "fairly uneventful life" is turned upside down one morning...the morning she gains a bit more than her share of 15 minutes of fame. She sees a toddler about to be hit by a speeding truck and leaps into the street to save the boy. Fortuitously...or not, a photographer is on the scene and Ridley, in full action, appears on the cover of the local papers. The story is picked up by the morning talk shows where she and her family bask in the glory of her brief but bright spotlight. They have no idea what her moment of fame will bring her...Read more ›
Beautiful Lies is a first-person account of a young woman named Ridley Jones, who contemplates a single act, and the events leading up to this act, that change her life forever. She became a momentary celebrity after saving a child from being hit by a car. Because her heroic and selfless deed was inadvertently videotaped, the world witnessed it on local and even national television, and her exposure enabled the truth of her identity to be exposed as well.
Throughout the tale, Unger/Jones "talks" to her reader. "I know what you're thinking," she often writes. At first I found this a little annoying, but ultimately, I had to admit in each case, she did know what I was thinking. She had me that hooked. Throughout the story, she interjects little gems of wisdom regarding family dynamics where her parents and brother (her biological parents and biological brother???) are concerned, which had me nodding my head and saying "yes!" One of my favorite lines in the book is: "It's strange how memory gets twisted and pulled like taffy in its retelling, how a single event can mean something different to everyone present." Ultimately, the mysteries are revealed and all the characters--particularly the parents, the mysterious uncle, drug-addict brother, sexy man upstairs, ex-boyfriend and his mother, and the mob-linked laywer--are relevant and satisfying.
This is a great, fast read and I recommend it for readers who appreciate good story telling and down to earth characters.
Michele Cozzens, Author of A Line Between Friends and The Things I Wish I'd Said.
The protagonist, Ridley, was so real. She told her story in the first person and addressed the reader directly. I swear, I could be friends with her.
And the story she had to tell... It started so plausably and got so convoluted. But I was with her every step of the way. Unger made me buy a fairly far-fetched plot. But mostly, I just wanted to know what was going to happen. What HAD already happened to this girl.
Here's how it begins: Ridley Jones is a successful freelance journalist in NY. She's a happy person with a loving family and a good life. One day a random act of heroism gets her photo splashed across the news for a week. In the wake of her brief celebrity, she receives a photograph in the mail. It's a photo of man she's never seen, a woman who bares a striking resemblance to her, and a two-year old girl who looks like she did as a baby--though she's never seen a photo of herself that young. The accompanying note says, "I think you're my daughter." Ridley is not adopted.
The story aqccelerates at a break-neck pace from there. But aside from great characters, and a strong plot, this is an exceptionally well-written thriller. It's being billed as a "literary thriller," and I don't know that I'd go that far, but this novel is way above average.
I can't wait to see what Lisa Unger writes next. I hope she writes fast!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved Beautiful Lies. Some of the phrases made my eyes tear. "You die twice; when you loose your youth and when you loose what replaced it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amor Souza
A beautifully written book. I was not familiar with this author and was given this book by a friend. Read morePublished 1 month ago by quietgirl255
Love Lisa Unger's writing style. Great plots, twists & turns.Published 2 months ago by frequent flyer
Well-developed, realistic characters, a plot that twists and turns and leaves you out of breath. Suspense, emotion, and nerves that end up jangled. A great read!Published 4 months ago by Joyous_5
“Lies” is the fifth of thriller novelist Lisa Unger’s dozen or so books, acclaimed as character-centric explorations of fearful situations and events. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jerry Bull
Beautiful Lies is an atypical mystery novel written by author Lisa Unger. It is somewhat long, but has an interesting storyline with great characters.Published 5 months ago by Bernie