Lovers and Liarsby Sally Beauman, Michael Page (Read by)
Now, from the author of Destiny, comes a novel certain to be as talked about, as richly romantic and wicked, as that number one New York Times bestseller. Lovers and Liars is Sally Beauman's sensuous, very contemporary story of public masks and secret lives, of a "perfect" marriage that is not what it seems, and of lovers long separated yet destined to meet, tumultuously, again.
On a frosty January morning soon after the New Year's revels, an exquisitely dressed, beautiful blonde woman sends four identical parcels to four different destinations: Paris, New York, Venice and London. But the lovely messenger is not who she claims to be.
Photographer Pascal Lamartine receives his package in Paris: it is a woman's black glove, silky, scented, and disturbing. In London, reporter Gini Hunter, daughter of a famous Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, opens her parcel to find even more threatening contents. And within hours, Gini's enterprising editor assigns both her and Pascal to expose the story of a lifetime; a story so rich, so ripe with potential scandal, that it could make headlinesand ruin lives. For Gini and Pascal must penetrate the perfect facade of John Hawthorne, the charming, charismatic U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, to sift through the layers of ever-shifting truth about his life.
The wealthy scion of a famous American familyin short, perfect presidential materialJohn Hawthorne appears to have thrown away a promising political career to take a diplomatic post. Why? His wife, Lise, a legendary beauty, is a master at seducing the media; her delicate features are a constant presence on the society pages for her charity work, her skills as ahostess, and her unrelenting chic. Yet the exhaustive, adoring coverage has left the real woman mysteriously opaque. And now, unbelievably, she seems to be the source of certain whisperings about her husband.
But beyond the sensational story they are about to unmaska black-widow web of deceit, betrayal, and dark desires more complex and perilous than they could have imaginedGini and Pascal must confront themselves, their past, and their brief, passionate love affair twelve years before, when the fascination between them reached a fever pitch only to end explosively. Even as their investigation plunges them dangerously into the hypocrisies of the privileged and powerful, where each surprising revelation is replaced by a new, even more shocking contradiction, past merges with present, taking the two lovers back to the hot, bare room at the edge of danger where, for one burning moment, the world made perfect sense, took perfect shape.
Deftly woven of erotic secrets and unfolding deceptions that stretch across more than two decades, Lovers and Liars is a romantic and spellbindingly suspenseful journey into the mysteries of the heart, where love can sustain the soulor twist it cruelly.
"First-rate suspense." Cosmopolitan
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Meet the Author
Sally Beauman (1944-2016) was a British journalist and an internationally bestselling novelist. Her best known book, the romance novel Destiny, has been translated into twenty languages. Beauman began her career at New York magazine, and also wrote for many leading publications, including the Sunday Times and The New Yorker. Beauman’s other popular books include Rebecca’s Tale, which was a companion book to Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, and The Visitors, based on a true story of the hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb.
- London, England
- Date of Birth:
- July 25, 1944
- Place of Birth:
- Torquay, Devon, England
- B.A. in English Literature, Hons Cantab, 1966; M. A., Hons Cantab, 1969
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I COULD NOT PUT DOWN THIS BOOK. IT'S ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. A LOVE STORY THAT WAS VERY DIFFICULT BUT SO WONDERFUL. AT THE SAME TIME IT EXPOSES THE ARROGANCE OF POWER, SCANDALS AND LIES AMONG OTHER THINGS, THANKS TO TWO HARD WORKING JOURNALIS WHO HAPPENED TO BE LOVERS.
Had a hard time putting the book down and found my lunch break was too short!