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Sliver of Truthby Lisa Unger
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Recently, Ridley Jones stepped off a street corner and into an abyss of violence, deception, and fear. She is being a lot more careful about where she steps and trying to get on with her life when another seemingly mundane act — picking up a few envelopes of prints at a photo lab — puts Ridley at the nexus of a global network of crime. A shadowy figure of a man appears in almost every picture she's taken in the last year, lurking just far enough away to make identification impossible. Everyone from the federal government to the criminal underworld wants to know who the man is — and where he is — and some people are willing to kill to find out.
Now the FBI is at her door, some serious bad guys are following her every move, and the family she once loved and relied on is more distant than ever. Ridley has never felt so confused or alone in her life. Everyone she loves has turned out to be a stranger — she even feels like a stranger to herself. Is she a product of nature or nurture?
At once hunting down a ghost and running for her life, Ridley doesn't know if she ever had the power to shape her own destiny or if love exists anywhere beyond her imagination. The only thing Ridley knows for sure is that she has to get to the truth about herself and her past if she's ever going to find her way home.
Charged with relentless intensity and kinetic action, playing out with unnerving suspense on the streets of New York and London, and seen through the terrified but determined eyes of a young woman whose body and heart are pushed to the point of shattering, Sliver of Truth is another triumph from the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies.
From Our Staff:
Sliver of Truth continues the tale of Ridley Jones (Beautiful Lies), taking her further into the dark world of her birth father the man she thought was a beloved uncle. Just as her life is beginning to make sense, she is thrown again into a world where no one can be trusted. Every lie uncovered seems to lead to deeper treachery as Jones pursues the truth about her father's life.
Unger's writing style is unique, and the characterizations are three-dimensional and incredibly believable. The plot is inventive and offers no pat ending with the heroine riding into the sunset with the hero. With this sequel, Unger has made it onto my list of authors who can only be read when I don’t have to worry about my bedtime, or when I think my boss (Serra, are you reading this?) won't notice me napping the next day!
"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. 10-city author tour. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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." Boolist
"A fast-paced story that readers will find difficult to put down; recommended." Library Journal
Love hurts, sometimes it even kills. Just as Ridley Jones, first introduced in Beautiful Lies, begins to move on with her life, a seemingly mundane act — picking up a few prints at a photo lab — puts her at the nexus of a global network of crime.
The highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Lies.
Charged with relentless intensity and kinetic action, and playing out with unnerving suspense on the streets of New York and London, Sliver of Truth delves deep into the shadowy world of Ridley Jones, a terrified but determined young woman at once hunting down a ghost from her past and running for her life.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lisa Unger is the author of Beautiful Lies, a New York Times bestseller and International Book-of-the-Month Selection. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.
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