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.