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Beautiful Lies (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)


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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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From Our Staff:

In her debut novel, Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger captivates the reader in a web of deceit, using realistic characterizations, a well-crafted plot, and a writing style that puts her in league with writers like Carol O’Connell and John Connolly. She wastes no time drawing the reader into the world of New York freelance writer Ridley Jones, who is leading a seemingly steady, uncomplicated life. However, in one moment, Ridley’s life is turned upside down by several small and simple choices she makes on a morning just like every other morning. Suddenly, her reality begins to unravel, and everything she thought was true begins to look like a lie; every choice she makes casts ripples that become tsunamis. As the lies begin to untangle, Ridley is left with a choice: turn her back on what she's discovered and continue living her "beautiful lie," or risk everything to find the truth. Unger’s writing is incredibly dynamic, with characterizations that are authentic and compelling.

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About the Author

Lisa Unger lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.

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Product Details

Unger, Lisa
Vintage Books USA
Barclay, Linwood
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Women journalists
East Village (New York, N.Y.)
Psychological fiction
Suspense fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Large Print:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
6.9 x 4.23 x 1.2 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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