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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.
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When a photographer catches freelance writer Ridley Jones saving a toddler from being struck by a speeding van on a New York City street, she basks in her sudden celebrity. But that one heroic act will set in motion a series of events that will shake her world to its very foundations and put her life in jeopardy…

After she's featured in newspapers and television newscasts all over the city, Ridley's life is turned upside down when she finds a manila envelope on the doorstep of her East Village apartment that contains the faded picture of a man, woman, and baby girl. The accompanying note asks: "Are you my daughter?" When Ridley confronts her parents -- a highly successful doctor and his prim wife -- they reassure her that the package is from some crazy person; but then she meets a handsome sculptor on a similar quest to unlock the secrets of his own murky past, and the two begin to slowly uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving some of the city's most powerful politicians, humanitarians -- and criminals.

Beautiful Lies is essentially the story of a woman's attempt to understand and piece together the countless -- and mind-boggling -- untruths that once made up the foundation of her seemingly idyllic life. Comparable to psychological thrillers like Jeff Abbott's Panic and Dean Koontz's Velocity, Unger's narrative will blow readers away with its unadulterated intimacy and surprising intensity. Featuring realistically drawn and powerfully compelling characters, a plot with more twists than a bag of pretzels, and an ending that is as explosive as it is jaw-dropping, Beautiful Lies is a blockbuster of a debut not to be missed. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen
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Unger's well-crafted, suspenseful debut fiction, in which a bright, resourceful young woman finds her everyday world turned upside down in true Harlan Coben-thriller fashion, is done no favors by this off-kilter audio rendition. The main problem is that reader Lamia sounds a decade younger than the novel's narrator, Ridley Jones. As the book's heroine drifts into and out of jeopardy, fearlessly searching for the truth about her birth and parentage while defying powerful adversaries determined to keep a particularly evil secret, the mood should be noir. Lamia's sound is strictly YA, more girly than gritty. Her performance isn't one note; she makes all the right emotional choices. But she is not vocally versatile enough to do justice to the novel's cast of characters. Asking her to convey the audio image of a rotund, sinister lawyer issuing dire threats, to take one example, is a little like hiring Paris Hilton to stand in for Orson Welles. Not her fault, exactly, if she falls short of the mark. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 2). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
For her efforts, Good Samaritan Ridley Jones receives a mystifying package that forces her to rethink her whole life-and then flee it. A big debut; lots of foreign rights have been sold, and there's a ten-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A cozy, personable debut about a young New York City journalist who inadvertently begins to unravel her own identity. Ridley Jones's 15 minutes of fame occur when she leaves her East Village apartment one morning to catch a cab and saves a toddler from being hit by a van. Ridley's face is plastered over the news for days, thrilling her New Jersey parents and former fiance Zack, whom she dumped in order to become her own person. Ridley's privacy is further compromised when she receives notes from someone claiming to be her long-lost daughter. Simultaneously, an attractive, rather nosy new neighbor in her building, Jake, turns out to be a PI with all kinds of scary baggage and a bullet scar on his shoulder. He helps connect Ridley's mysterious messages to the case of a missing girl, Jessie Stone, who disappeared in 1972 after the murder of her mother (probably by her boyfriend). Unger effectively builds suspicions around the men in Ridley's life: unknown, duplicitous Jake, who seems to follow her everywhere; obtuse and overprotective Zack, a pediatrician like her father; bitter, damaged older brother Ace, an itinerant drug user estranged from the family who drops hints of their parents' perfidy without evidence; and even Ridley's beloved, dead Uncle Max, who overcame an abusive childhood to make his fortune in real estate and establish a humanitarian agency that shelters mothers with children frightened for their safety. Ridley's parents also come under her scrutiny, since her father served as pediatrician to Jessie as well as to other missing children. The story is told from the perspective of Ridley, who is proud and occasionally spooked to live on her own in the big city. Cleverlyhandled suspense for chick-lit readers. $150,000 ad/promo
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“A tightly written thriller…. The action is depicted with satisfying breathlessness.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle.” —Lee Child

“A high-wire balance of tension and resolution.” —The Baltimore Sun

“This mystery's surprising twists will make your jaw drop.” —Cosmopolitan

“Perfect pitch, characters we can recognize as versions of ourselves. . . . Lip-smacking good.” —Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307336682
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/18/2006
  • Series: Ridley Jones Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but grew up in Holland and England. A graduate of The New School for Social Research, Unger spent many years living and working in New York City. In 2000, she left a career in publicity to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.

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Beautiful Lies

A Novel
By Lisa Unger

Shaye Areheart Books

Copyright © 2006 Lisa Unger
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-307-33668-9


Chapter One

It's 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 he's still breathing but it's shallow and hard won. He's hurt, I know. But I can't see how badly. I whisper his name in his ear but he doesn't respond. I feel his body but there's no blood that I can tell. The sound of his body hitting the floor minutes before was the worst thing I've 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 there's no time for that now.

I can hear the rain falling outside the burned-out building, its loud, heavy drops smacking on canvas. It's falling inside, too, trickling in through gaping holes in the roof down through floors of rotted wood and broken staircases. He moves and issues a low groan. I hear him say my name and I lean in close to him again.

"It's okay. We're going to be okay," I tell him, even though I don't have any reason to believe this is true. Somewhere outside or up above us a man I thought I loved, along with other men whom I couldn't identify,are trying to kill us, to protect an awful truth that I've discovered. I am hurt myself, in so much pain that I might pass out if I didn't know it meant dying here in this condemned building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There's something embedded in my right thigh. It's possibly a bullet, or a large spike of wood, or maybe a nail. It's so dark I can just barely see the large hole in my jeans, and the denim is black with my blood. I'm dizzy, the world tilting, but I'm holding on.

I hear them up above us now, see the beams of their flashlights crossing in the dark through the holes in the floors. I try to control my breathing, which to my own ears sounds as loud as an oncoming train. I hear one of the men say to the others, "I think they fell through. They're on the bottom." There was no answer but I can hear them making their way down over creaking wood.

He stirs. "They're coming," he says, his voice little more than a rasp. "Get out of here, Ridley."

I don't answer him. We both know I'm not leaving. I pull at him and he tries to get up, but the pain registers on his face louder than the scream I know he suppressed to protect us for a few minutes more. If we're not walking out of here together, we're not walking out at all. I drag him, even though I know I shouldn't be moving him, over behind an old moldy couch that lies on its back by the wall. It's not far but I can see his face white and gritted in terrible pain. As I move him, he loses consciousness again and in an instant feels fifty pounds heavier. But I've seen all four of his limbs move and that's something. I realize that I'm praying as I pull him, my leg on fire, my strength waning. Please God, please God, please God, over and over again like a mantra.

The way the couch is lying, it forms a crawl space against the wall just big enough for the two of us. I pull him in there and lie on my belly beside him. I pull an old crate over toward the edge of the couch and look through the wooden slats. They're closer now and I'm sure they've heard us because they've stopped talking and turned their flashlights off. I hold the gun in both hands and wait. I've never fired a gun before and I don't know how many bullets are left in this one. I think we're going to die here.

"Ridley, please, don't do this." The voice echoes in the dark and comes from up above me. "We can work this out."

I don't answer. I know it's a trick. Nothing about this can be worked out now; we're all too far gone. There have been plenty of chances to close my eyes and go back to the sleep of my life as it was, but I haven't taken any of them. Do I wish now that I had? It's hard to answer that question, as the wraiths move closer.

"Six," he whispers.

"What?"

"You have six bullets left."

(Continues...)



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Interviews & Essays

Ransom Notes Interview with Lisa Unger

Paul Goat Allen: Lisa, I heard that the initial creative spark for Beautiful Lies came from an unlikely place -- a missing child flier. Is this true and, if so, can you explain?

Lisa Unger: It's true. I received one of those "Have you seen …" fliers in the mail. It featured the picture of a man and an age-graduated photograph of a young girl. I was in a really weird place at the time in my own life. My husband and I were thinking about having children, and I was taking a hard look at myself, wondering what it takes to be a good parent. And something about that mailer just struck me, the idea that this child had been lost ten years ago and never found. How does that happen? What must that be like to never know what happened to your child? My writer's brain ran away with it. Then I had this idea: What if I looked at one of those fliers and recognized myself? Beautiful Lies spun out from that point...

PGA: One of the things that struck me while reading Beautiful Lies was its overpowering -- for lack of a better term -- sensory immersion. The sights and sounds and smells of the East Village, Ridley's vivid memories of her childhood (like the smell of her brother's shampoo and her mother's perfume) were so powerful, so genuine, I felt like I was right there in Ridley's shoes. When you first began writing Beautiful Lies, did you know that the novel was going to so -- intimate?

LU: That's quite a compliment. Thank you. I strive to write from the inside out. I put myself there and live in the narrative, rather than hover above, observe, and report. Life is a sensory experience, so writing needs to be as well. The relationship between author and narrative is an intimate one. That intimacy, that vulnerability, that laying bare hopefully invites the reader into the relationship and allows him to come inside and really be a part of it, too. We all have these "sense memories" -- a scent or a strain of music can bring us back to certain moments in our lives. We can relate to that in Ridley, which I think makes us feel very close to her.

PGA: Another noteworthy component of Beautiful Lies was your brilliantly realistic character development. As you stated in the novel, there are no heroes or villains in real life, "only good and bad choices." Numerous characters are firmly entrenched in that gray area between moral black and white -- Ridley's heroin-addicted brother Ace, her well-to-do parents, her carousing Uncle Max, her former boyfriend Zachary, etc. Was having no clear villain a conscious decision on your part?

LU: I don't know how much of the process is conscious for me. The craft is conscious, of course. But so much of what happens in my narratives seems not to be a choice on my part. That said, I've always felt that there's something flat about the creation of a villain who is pitted against the hero or heroine, something "off" when there's one clearly good and one clearly bad character. Sure, the hero might be interestingly flawed, or the villain might have some redeeming quality but in a lot of fiction, things can seem pretty black-and-white. I don't see that many pure villains or heroes in the world. I see people who make a lot of bad decisions and people who usually make good ones. I see people who for whatever reason cause a lot of pain. I see people who for whatever reason seek to help and do for others. Obviously, we can all point to someone we view as inherently good or bad. But people are so much more textured than that; there are myriad reasons why people turn out the way they do. Since this is my general view of the world, I guess it was natural that there be no real villain in Beautiful Lies, just a collection of people who have made a series of choices…some of them good, some of them terrible, all of them with dramatic consequences.

PGA: On your web site (www.lisaunger.com), you talk about how being a full-time writer has always been a dream of yours. How does it feel to know that your first novel is a blockbuster hardcover release with overwhelmingly positive pre-press buzz? And what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

LU: A release like this is every author's dream. The team at Shaye Areheart/ Crown…well, they're just rock stars. You can write a great book (and even have it published), but without the support of your publisher, it might disappear on the shelves. I'm more grateful than I can say for all the excitement and enthusiasm. It's been a long and sometimes painful road to this place, so I think I'm enjoying it even more because of that. My advice to aspiring writers is to write every day with the goal of being a better writer than you were yesterday, to write with joy and passion for the craft. With some talent, some luck, and sheer never-say-die tenacity you can get where you want to go.

PGA: What's the next literary project on the docket for Lisa Unger?

LU: I've just completed the sequel to Beautiful Lies, tentatively titled Sliver of Truth, which will release in 2007. As soon as I return from my book tour, I'll get to work on my next novel, the idea for which is already simmering.
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1. One of the novel's main themes is choice, and how both big choices and little ones can have a profound impact on a person's life. Did Ridley have a choice in finding out the truth about her past? If she'd chosen to ignore the first picture and note, could she have avoided all the questions and secrets that arose?

2. Would it have been possible for Ridley to ignore the events of the past and still have developed a true sense of self? Would you be able to?

3. On page 17, Ridley says, “Freedom, I'd have to say, is probably the most important thing to me, more important than youth, beauty, fame, money.” Does this freedom Ridley craves influence the lies she's been told to her entire life? Or is this freedom what could have protected her from asking questions about her past?

4. Throughout the story, the author compares Jake to Zack. Are there any similarities between the two men? In the beginning, what does Ridley admire about each of them?

5. Why did Jake keep the truth from Ridley for so long? Would it have been easier to tell her who he was from the start? Would she have believed him? Would you?

6. The author brings up the idea of parental (and adult) control over children, even after these children have grown up. Is there a control parents will always have over their child? Or at some point is control relinquished to the child to live his/her own life? How could Ridley's parents have handled the situation differently? Would it have worked?

7. On page 58, Ridley says, “When you love someone, it doesn't really matter if they love you back or not. Having love in your heart for someone is its own reward. Or punishment, depending on the circumstances.” By the end of the novel, has Ridley's view of her family and Jake altered this idea of love? How has it altered? If her family and Jake followed the same definition of love, would their views have been changed by the events of the story?

8. What do you think of the nature of Project Rescue before Teresa Stone's murder? Was there another or better way to protect children from abuse or neglect? What do you think of the systems in place to protect children today in your own society?

9. Do you believe Ridley's father and Max should both be penalized or blamed for what happened? What about Ridley's mother and Ace? Did any of these people have a responsibility to tell Ridley what happened to her? Why or why not?

10. If you were Jake or Ridley, would you have looked into all the cases of missing children, as they did, or would you have focused solely on finding the truth of your own past? What was to gain by looking at all the cases? Could they have found the truth about their own life without looking at the others?

11. Do you think Ace's drug addiction and problems with his parents were related to Ridley's history, which he overheard their father and Max discussing one day? How do you think Ridley would have handled the truth had she been told by her parents instead of finding out the way she did?

12. On page 298, Ridley says, “I was operating under a faith that the universe conspires to reveal the truth, that lies are unstable elements that tend toward breaking down.” Do you think the truth would have revealed itself to Ridley without Jake's involvement? Would it have been easier or more difficult to take without Jake?

13. On page 436, Ridley asks, “Isn't that so often true with family, that we see them through the filters of our own fears, expectations, and desire to control?” How does this apply to each of her family members? How is it affected by the truth that's come out, and how will it affect their relationships moving forward? Can Ridley, or anyone, project fear, expectation, or desire to control onto how she views anyone else now?

14. By the end of the story, what do you think of Zack's and Esme's role in Project Rescue? Was it right for Esme to help Max as she did because of her love for him?

15. On page 437, Ridley says, “We don't have control, we have choices.” And on page 439, she says, “In life, there are only good and bad choices. And sometimes even choices can only be judged by their consequences. And sometimes not even then.” Is it really as simple as a matter of choice? How would any of the characters agree or disagree with these ideas?

16. When Ridley confronts Jake on the Brooklyn Bridge, she wants to know how he found her to begin with. He tells her that he saw her picture in the Post, just like Christian Luna. Can this be the truth? Or is Jake hiding more than Ridley ever realizes even as the book ends?

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Whirlwind Thriller With Slightly Predictable Plot Twists

    Unger makes a strong debut with her first thriller, Beautiful Lies. The story focuses around Ridley Jones, a 30-something writer who, after a random act of heroism, finds herself questioning everything she knows about herself and the people she loves. The main character is enjoyable, and it's exciting to watch her make her way through a crazy maze, but like a previous review, I agree that it's awkward when Jones directs comments to the reader. These moments are awkward, and I think throw the reader out of rhythm.

    While the plot idea is somewhat unique, and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, the turns and twists were highly predictable. Oooh, in a story about truths and lies, you mean the new guy you met is possibly lying to you? How surprising. By the time the character rented a car, I knew a high-speed car chase was coming soon - it was a matter of when, not if. The predictable plot turns are disappointing, but it doesn't take too much away from an intriguing story. Also, we're supposed to believe we're following a bright writer, but seriously, she's dense quite a few times in the story. I won't spoil it for you, but after she receives a second note, she doesn't even analyze it to realize that based on the grammatical elements of the sentence, there's probably only one or two people who could have written it. But she instead plays dumb and gets herself into more situations and traps than were probably needed to get to the final conclusion.

    Overall, a very good book, and if you like a little romance between the pages with your thrillers, this should definitely be added to your reading list.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Lisa Unger's "Beautiful Lies" is THE best novel I have ever read! Her writing is outstanding, interesting, captivating, and especially 'page-turning,can't put the book down!' kind of reading...you won't be disappointed with any of her wor

    Start reading 'Beautiful Lies' and the world fades into the background. You become totally absorbed in the story. It is as if you are right there, IN the book with Ridley, can almost see what she is seeing, feel what she is feeling. Never have I read a novel so totally engrossing I couldn't stop reading it!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa at a book signing a while back, and again recently at the release of her new novel, "Fragile". She is a warm and friendly person who makes you feel as if you have known her forever. Read her books, then plan to attend a book signing at some point. You WILL be glad you did!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

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    INTERESTING AND INTRIGUING!

    BEAUTIFUL LIES is an exciting, well-constructed thriller that I read in my book club. We all loved it from the beginning. I loved the bits of philosophy throughout and when the main protagonist speaks to the reader; so different! The fascinating storyline held our interest with the multiple twists and turns and the plot was interesting and not predictable. This isn't a dull, cookie cutter formula read, but a unique, intriguing mystery that transcends genre! Others I've read that affected me and that transcend genre are EXPLOSION IN PARIS, A DOG'S PURPOSE, CRACKED HEARTS, CUTTING FOR STONE...

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Beautiful Lies a Winner

    I enjoyed reading Beautiful Lies very much. Lisa Unger, the author, knows how to create characters that come alive on the page, rachet up the suspense to a edge-of-chair degree, and carry a complicated plot to resolution.
    Ridley Jones gets herself in such dire circumstances, yet stays true to her questioning of her life, her goals, and is able to face the truths that are revealed about her loved ones.
    In fact, I was so entranced by Beautiful Lies, I went back to Barnes and Noble and purchased the sequel, Sliver of Truth. It too, was spellbinding, perhaps not quite as suspenseful as Beautiful Lies, because the reader was already familiar with the past action, but certainly demanded my attention to the very end.
    A wonderfu pair of books about an endearing and courageous protagonist.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Great Read

    I would recommend this book to everyone! One of the better mysteries out there. I am only sad that B&N raised the price and took it off of lend me status.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

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    Awesome

    This was one of the few books that I have read in a very long time that I couldnt put down. It grabs you right from the start continues throughout the book and just when you think you know who dunnit wrong... I say order it. Now!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2010

    This was an excellent book.

    This was an excellent read. I couldn't wait to sit back down and find out what was happening to Ridley next. The author did a great job unrolling the plot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Awesome Thriller!

    This was an excellent read, once I started I just hated putting it down! I devoured this book in 2 days. Plenty of twist & turns without going overboard. I loved this book & I'm sure you will too! Looking forward to more from this talented author!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    I recommend this book highly!!

    Beautiful lies is a great book! Very suspensful. You wont wanna put it down! Love, sex, suspense, mystery in one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Excellent

    A must read! Great story line

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Where it all began...

    I love Lisa Unger and she has never disappointed me! This book held me from the first to the last page!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Strongly recommend

    It kept getting better and better with each page. I could not stop reading it. I even missed some subway train stops because I was so engrossed in it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Fascinating

    I loved this book. I love the heroine in this book. She has received life-changing information about her life that puts her immediately into harm's way. The book kept moving the whole time. I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read Lisa Unger's next book with this character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    GOOD READ

    This book was great, story kept you wanting more, a litte romance but not too much to make you blush. I did figure it out before the end but still really enjoyed reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

    GREAT READ!

    THIS AUTHOR WAS RECOMMENDED BY SOMEONE ON THE NOOK WEBSITE ON FACEBOOK, AND DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY. TO MY SUPRISE IT WAS A AWESOME READ. IT HAD EVERYTHING IN IT FROM SUSPENSE TO MYSTERY AND ACTION AND EVEN A LITTLE OF LOVE THROWN IN. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO LOOKING UP AND PURCHASING SOME MORE OF HER BOOKS.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    This was the first book by Lisa Unger I have read. It head my interest and was a real page turner. I couldn't belive it was a free download!!

    The plot was so twisted I was never sure who you could trust. Just as I was never sure what the outcome would be. I could see this tale actually happening. I could also see how people could be put at risk if they ever found out what was happening. I read every free moment I had, because I just had to know.... was everything going to be ok? I think you will really enjoy the time you spend reading this book!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Decent but predictable thriller!

    Lisa Unger's debut is decent but the overall plot was pretty predictable. The writing style bothered me at times with Ridley Jones, the main charcater, talking to the reader for reasons unknown. All that being said, it wasn't bad, just a little formulaic.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Hmmm

    If you can get past how ditsy the character is, the writing is not bad.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Great writing!

    Great storyline and terrific style. Lisa Unger has a way with words. My Nook versiin looks like it's in color from all the highlighting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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