Ridley Jones sets out on a quest to unlock the secrets of her murky past after the faded picture of a man, woman, and baby girl is delivered to her door with a note asking "Are you my daughter?".
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
But thats 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 whos on her side and who has something to hideeven, 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 . . . .
Its 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 hes still breathing but its shallow and hard won. Hes hurt, I
know. But I cant see how badly. I whisper his name in his ear but he doesnt
respond. I feel his body but theres no blood that I can tell. The sound of his
body hitting the floor minutes before was the worst thing Ive 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 theres no time for that now.
I can hear the rain falling outside the burned-out building, its loud, heavy drops smacking on canvas. Its falling inside, too, trickling in through gaping holes in the roof down ...
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Lisa Unger says that for a long time she didn't believe it was possible to make
a living as a writer, "mainly because that's what people always told me", so she
went into the profession that brought her closest to her dream - publishing.
A few years later she met her future husband in Key West and after a
whirlwind romance they sold their homes, quit their corporate jobs and moved to
Florida. She says that only once
she had some distance from New York, could she start appreciating the city and it naturally became the setting for Beautiful Lies.
When asked what elements of the story come from her own experience she answers, "For me and for most fiction writers, I think, it is true to say that ...
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