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Sliver of Truth: A Novel Hardcover – January 2, 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Ridley Jones Series

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Starred Review. Bestseller Unger's sensational second thriller (after Beautiful Lies) puts her in the same league as such genre masters as Peter Straub and Peter Abrahams. From the cryptic opening section, which ends with a New York Times reporter finding her husband bleeding to death, Unger grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go. Meanwhile, the FBI informs Ridley Jones, a magazine writer, that her late uncle, Max Smiley (who's really her biological father), is still alive and being sought by assorted international players on all sides of the law. Rapidly finding that little in her life is what it seems, Jones is horrified to be confronted with evidence indicating that Smiley is a misogynistic monster of the first order, who may have played a role in the murder of the reporter's husband. Unger's gifts for dialogue and pacing set this far above the standard novel of suspense and will leave many anxiously awaiting her third book.
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*Starred Review* Unger's popular debut, Beautiful Lies (2006), introduced readers to Ridley Jones, a New York freelance writer who rescues a toddler who wanders onto a busy Manhattan street. The press attention Ridley's heroic act attracts brings to the surface a series of startling truths, which Ridley's adoptive parents have kept from her all her life. (They gained custody of Ridley through Project Rescue, an organization with links to organized crime.) Ridley's late, beloved uncle Max, it seems, was really her father, a complicated man with a dark, twisted side. In this sizzling sequel, a shadowy figure in a trio of photos prompts Ridley to wonder whether Max is indeed dead. Unger's plot bursts from the starting gate and never lets up, as Ridley pieces together the puzzle that is her past. Just a footstep or two behind her is rogue FBI agent Dylan Grace, who has his own distressing motivations for wanting to know Max's whereabouts. The deeper Ridley digs, the more she doubts herself and the "uncle" she thought she knew. But Ridley (who suggests a more serious version of Janet Evanovich's self-deprecating Stephanie Plum) is never deterred: "Sometimes there is only one choice in the pursuit of the truth; sometimes turning away just isn't an option." Allison Block
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307338460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307338464
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ann M. Macpherson on April 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Everyone else has summarized this story so I won't get into the content of the book. I was debating in the beginning if I should continue reading this. It was a very slow and somewhat confusing start. Then suddenly--Bang----it went into full speed ahead and twisted around corners with a lot of fast paced excitement. I was rooting for Ridley and Jake, then for the FBI agent, Dylan Grace and hoping Max was really a "good" guy. But things kept changing. It's not a book to do power reading or fast skimming. You must read every line or you'll miss some of the action. Honest. And you don't want to miss any of this action----up until the very end.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy every word. It's a great read-----a fun ride.
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After a harrowing year of unexpected revelations that turn her life inside out, Ridley Jones is still adjusting to her new reality. The relationship that has served as her emotional support is crumbling, affection turning too often into heated exchanges. Jake, the handsome sculptor who came on the scene just when she needed him most, is bedeviled by his own issues, obsessed with his own need to come to terms with a harrowing past. Ridley has learned that she is a Project Rescue Baby, a child given up by a mother who could not protect her; but there is more to the stories of such victims, a dark side that hints of helpless children removed from unsafe families and sold to wealthy ones, a bartering of lives for profit. For Ridley, this information has been cataclysmic, her parents not her parents, her real father dead in a tragic accident.

As a freelance writer, Ridley has an innate curiosity about people and their hidden agendas, but she also has a disastrous love affair with denial and a strong streak of stubbornness that is the occasion of more than one life-threatening encounter. At loose ends after a shocking series of violent events, Ridley is slowly coming to terms with the impossibility of her relationship to Jake, although the physical attraction is still irresistible. Just as she is reclaiming herself and a changed identity markedly different from the one of her youth, the FBI appears, looking for answers to questions Ridley cannot bear to entertain. Is her real father still alive? Was his death a sham? And is he, in spite of her memories, more monster than man?

Overwhelmed by too much information, Ridley is torn between needing to know the terrible secrets of the past and her increasing desperation to deny the ugly truth.
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Jake's sexier than ever, and now he has competition from Dylan Grace. Ridley's still a little too self-pitying but ultimately resourceful and clever. She keeps stumbling into the middle of adventure allegedly against her will and then seems all too unwilling to turn things over to the "proper authorities," which sometimes strains credulity. But Lisa Unger has a great, compelling style that makes this book a fast, fun read. I was a little disappointed at how much of the plot turned out to be a rehash of "Beautiful Lies" - we're still obsessing over the evil adoption ring and there's more bad stuff about Ridley's real dad. I would have preferred to see Ridley dealing with some mystery outside her own orbit, but maybe she'll get a little less self-absorbed in the third book. There's a surprising twist about Jake that creates a lot of wonderful angsty scenes between the two of them. Despite his revelation, I'm still hoping to see more of him in Book Three - assuming there'll be one.
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Ever since I read her debut* novel, Beautiful Lies: A Novel, I have been a big fan of author Lisa Unger. BL was the first book in this trilogy and I hoped this second one, Sliver of Truth: A Novel, would be just as riveting.

Unger did not disappoint me! She proceeds with the intriguing story of Ridley Jones's search for her father without a hitch; same ease in writing with a voice so smooth it lulls you into the story with ease. Unger has discovered her true voice and I, for one, am convinced she will go far in the literary field.

Like the first book, Sliver of Truth: A Novel has everything: high drama, exciting action, likable, believable protagonists, and villains you love to hate. Not only is Unger great with dialog, she's a master at pacing the action, and her plot is quite original.

I held my breath, wondering if Ridley ever finds her father? Was her Uncle Max really her father? And was he dead, as she believed, or very much alive as everyone else believed? What did the FBI have to do with Uncle Max? The Armenian mob? And why did everyone want him? How did they use Ridley for their own purposes? And when everyone who attempted to help her ended up dead, how did our feisty heroine fight back?

Doesn't that sound like a winner? A blockbuster of a story? Well, it is! It's a riveting tale of intrigue that I couldn't put down, and I bet you won't be able to, either ... until you learn the answers to those questions for yourself.
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