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Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones #1)

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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  8,308 ratings  ·  1,121 reviews
Instant New York Times Bestseller, USA TODAY Bestseller, International Thriller Writers Best Novel Finalist, Bookspan International Book of the Month, and Amazon Top Ten Thriller of the Year.

What if your family was a lie? What if your name was a lie? What if your whole life was just a pack of Beautiful Lies?

If Ridley Jones had slept ten minutes later or had taken the subwa
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Published April 18th 2006 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Ron Hummer
What happens if you wake up one day and find out that the life that you were living is a lie? To make matters worse, what happens when you find out that the people that you thought you knew cannot be trusted. You have a powerful literary thriller by Lisa Unger called Beautiful Lies.
It seems like an ordinary day for Ridley Jones, a bright, intelligent woman who is a freelance writer. Then in a moment, things change when she sees a toddler getting in front of a speeding truck. Ridley is there a
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Rhiannon
I picked up this book at the library after seeing the description online and being intrigued by the plot, but not enough to want to pay for it. (Not even as a bargain book from B&N.) The plot was interesting enough, but the answers to the "mystery" was pretty evident from the beginning. To be fair, there were a few things I didn't figure out right away.
While I sped along the story to discover those remaining facts, I got really annoyed with the narration. The story is told by the main charac
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Marleen
I finished Beautiful Lies late last night and I enjoyed it very much. I loved this book and I will give it a 4,5 if I could.
Mostly what I loved about it is that there is so much wisdom and truth in Ridley's reflections, her intro-prospection about life, about who we become and who we love in life. I liked that about this book.
She talks to the reader directly, taking the reader aside to confess her findings & her flaws, that was nice.
The story dragged a tiny bit for me towards the end.
But a
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Jen
In Beautiful Lies, Ridley Jones unexpectedly finds her nice, normal life turned upsidedown when she heroically saves a little boy from being hit by a car on the streets of New York City. Everything she thought she knew about herself is suddenly called into question and she finds herself in a great deal of danger.

The writing in this book is simply outstanding! I found myself saying very often, "yes, I've thought that same thing and never put it into words" or "yes, I KNOW how she feels." Lisa Ung
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Book Concierge
Ridley Jones is a freelance journalist living in an East Village apartment; she’s between assignments so has a free day and what better way to start that breakfast with her ex-boyfriend. On the way to meet him she happens to witness a situation with a distracted mother and a runaway toddler and saves the child from a potentially lethal traffic mishap. A Post photographer happens to capture her heroic act and she’s a minor celebrity for the next few days. But the publicity draws attention, and a ...more
Barb
I loved this, I really couldn't put it down. Well, okay I put it down for three meals but that was all.

Ridley Jones is the New York City hero of the week when she saves a toddler from being run down in the street. Her face is plastered all over the papers and she make appearances on all the morning news shows. Everyone recognizes her wherever she goes. Then she receives a package in the mail, in it is a photograph of a man, a woman and their baby. And suddenly she begins to question everything
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
This is by far the best romantic/suspense book Ive read this year.I have never heard of this author,so on a last minute decision I decided to get this one.Which comes to the "theme" of this book. On the decisions or choices we make and how they play a part in the paths we end up taking in life. Everything in Ridley Jones's life is turned upside down in one moment of a decision. Told in the first person Ridley talks directly to the reader, which really drew me into not just the story itself but m ...more
Tammie
I haven't had a lot of reading or reviewing time lately, so I'm late actually writing a review for this one. A friend gave Beautiful Lies to me because I like mysteries and she had enjoyed it. I too ended up liking this one.

The mystery wasn't that difficult to figure out, but the story was very compelling. I liked Ridley a lot and found the love interest to be likeable as well. I think the book's biggest flaw would be the insta-love aspect of it.

This was a good stand-alone read even though the
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Christie
Beautiful Lies is a silly book. Silly in the sense that the plot is mostly ridiculously contrived and way more convoluted than it needed to be. But who cares? When you read suspense thrillers only a couple things really matter. First of all- can we get behind the main character? Do we like her/him? Do we care what happens to them? Secondly, is there enough mystery/action/suspense/sex to keep the pages turning?

Beautiful Lies concerns the life of Ridley Jones, a successful, single freelance writer
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Deb
Overall, I enjoyed this read. I think its main draw would have to be the sexy Jake - that's certainly how it came to be on my reading list - "You have to read this book. The main guy is Hot!", so I did.
In fact, I've read it a few times. I love taking a ride with Ridley as her fears grow and she and Jake argue and make up. It's fun trip.
What I didn't like: the whole premise of the book is based on Jake finding Ridley because her photo was plastered all over the media after she rescues a kid from
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Roxie
Three stars, should probably be 3.5. (view spoiler) ...more
Ashley
I didn't put this book down. Except for bathroom breaks. I loved the boldness and rawness of this book. It's about love, hate, faith, regret, happiness, truth, lies and so much more. So many times I found myself sweating with nervousness, breathing rapidly because I was frightened, on the verge of tears because Lisa made it easy to feel whatever the characters felt. It's an intense and creepy read that makes you think long and hard about the world we live in and the choices we make. I don't read ...more
Mary
Well, I read this pretty fast, and I didn't abandon it, so I guess that makes it "ok." For a thriller, it was disappointingly predictable. No surprise twists here. I actually think the author gave it all away with her italicized prologue, and for the rest of the story, I was waiting for the narrator to catch up. It takes her a while...I disliked the conversational tone - it grated on my nerves how the narrator kept stating the obvious followed by some inane aside to the reader. It was like liste ...more
Jennifer Masterson
I really enjoyed this book. This was my first Lisa Unger book but it will definitely not be my last. Beautiful Lies was easy to get into and it kept my interest throughout. Just a fun mystery/thriller/romance and not to mention I absolutely loved the main character, Ridley.
Courtney
Feb 25, 2009 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karen
Shelves: borrowed, fiction, mystery
I loved this mystery! Mysteries and thrillers are a genre that I've come to appreciate, but I dislike the gimmicky ones (cat mysteries, anyone?). However, this thriller had a lot going for it. First, I loved the writing. The character is a young female that I could totally relate to. I had trouble guessing what the ending would be like, which means that the plot was complicated and clever enough for me to be kept in the dark! I definitely plan on reading more books by this author--I can't wait t ...more
Connie
This is #1 in A Ridley Jones Novel.

This is a fast moving book about a child or children that were taken from their abusive parents and put in homes that they would thrive in instead of becoming a statistic. I could see this happening in our day as some people believe that the system doesn't work so they need to do something to make it better. Ridley has a lot to learn in this book about herself and what kind of stuff she is made of.

I would hope that your adoptive family would be the ones that y
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Karyl
I've been on quite the thriller kick lately; I'm not sure why. But hand me a thriller, or tell me you've read a great one, and I begin almost salivating.

So when I saw a few of my friends had read this and liked it, I immediately requested it from the library. Let's start with the good about this book: it is a super fast read. I began reading this because my husband needed to borrow my copy of The Martian for a bit, and this was the next of my library books to be due. I was sucked in from the fi
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MaryG2E
I certainly enjoyed this book, and it is indeed a page-turner. Despite reservations along the way, I simply had to keep going til the end. Mainly because I wanted to see if the characters I thought were the 'baddies' turned out to be so.

Unger's writing style is fluent and her multi-layered narrative is thoughtful, full of meaningful reflections about the nature of trust, the dynamics of families and the tensions within relationships. By keeping the main character Ridley so front-and-centre of th
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David
In my ongoing eReader saga, I just bought the Sony Touch eReader and started a Sony Reader Library account. To see how the new Touch works I bought this novel for like 99 cents. It's actually quite good..... more when I finish.

Now that I finished, Ungar's eBook is a pretty goos summer read, interesting NYC characters and setting. Spoiler alert- if child abductions bother you- well you may want to avoid this book.
Karen
Apr 10, 2009 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: Courtney
I absolutely loved this book and I can't wait to read more by this author! The characters were interesting and I immediately liked Ridley, she was a quirky, yet honest, character and narrator. I enjoy "mysteries" when they're complicated yet believable and Beautiful Lies definitely delivers on both counts! I couldn't wait to get on the train to/from work so that I could read this book!
Heather L
This book was pretty decent. I have to say that Ridley annoyed me at times. I just felt she was a little naive and with all her philosophical ramblings throughout the book, she could have connected some dots a lot sooner. The connection between her and Jake were good and I liked the suspense between them. There are definitely controversial topics introduced here: adoption, abandonment, neglect, abuse. And the insight into how each character reacts to their history and how they became who they ar ...more
LadyCalico
I didn't at first like either the book or the heroine but eventually I got caught up in the story and found it to be a fast engrossing read. I enjoyed the author's writing style and her many insightful views on the human condition and felt that the suspense was building well until...she copped out! It did end at a logical spot and did piece together the bare bones of the mystery, but too many of the people who knew the missing details were killed, so those bare bones could not be fully fleshed o ...more
☮Karen
Very interesting concept. What if your entire notion of who you are and where you came from turns out to be false? And suddenly you just don't know who to trust anymore? Fast paced, yet introspective, and certainly held my interest.
Chaitra
I couldn't like Ridley. She came across as the trust fund brat that she was, all annoying and scarcely any compassion. Even more, I hated the breaking of the fourth wall. The voice was too smug and I didn't want it asking me questions expecting my answers. Also, in my copy (from the local library) someone had double-underlined the names of the culprits, the first time they appeared - so much for suspense. Although I don't fault the author for that, it took away even that element I had to enjoy. ...more
Becky Johnson
Beautiful Lies is my first Lisa Unger book. Our main character Ridley Jones receives a letter from someone claiming to be her father. This letter opens a can of worms as Ridley starts looking into her family and her past. Beautiful Lies is well written and intriguing; however, for a thriller I found it rather un-thrilling. The style of writing contained several asides to the reader. Once or twice I would have found it powerful; however, the constant asides took me out of the action. Also the cha ...more
Diane
Genre: Suspense Thriller Romance

This was well written, well plotted, and executed superbly.

Ridley Jones was living her life as a NYC as a writer, when she does something heroic that cast her in the national spotlight for 15mins of fame. Because of this exposure, a package is delivered to her with a picture and one question that starts dangerous events that unravel her life totally.

Who is she really? Can she trust her parents? Are they really her parents? Who sent the package? Who's trying to k
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Gina
Family secrets you like you can’t imagine.

It all started when Ridley saves a little boy from being run over in the middle of the street. That fifteen minutes of fame - are going to cost her like you wouldn’t believe.

A grainy photo and the words: “Are you my daughter?” are shoved under her door, and this starts the entire train of destruction. Everyone she knows has been lying to her, from her parents to her brother, her ex-fiance and friend, Zach and his mother, Esme. Even her deceased Uncle Max
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Karen
What a remarkable and gripping story Lisa Unger presents in Beautiful Lies. She spins a tale that is both heartbreaking and fascinating as she wrote in such a way that made me feel as though Ridley, the main character, was speaking right to me, explaining what she was feeling and thinking during her incredible experience of sorting through the family secrets. Ridley is a free lance writer who had a happy childhood and grew up in a nice home. One day she gets a photo which turns her whole life up ...more
Kellie
t’s been a while since I’ve read a book that grabbed me like this one. I liked the story, I liked the writing style and I liked the characters. The story is about a woman who saves a little boy on the streets of New York and gets national attention. That’s not ALL the attention she gets. Soon, her past starts to unravel and share secrets she was not prepared to discover. One thing I like about this author is her talent with words. It amazes me when an author can capture a certain phrase so that ...more
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Lisa Unger is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, including her latest thrillers CRAZY LOVE YOU and IN THE BLOOD (2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Book, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Indie Next Pick, Suspense Magazine and Sun Sentinel Best Books of 2014.)

Additional accolades include selections as a finalist for International Thriller Writers Best Novel Award, a
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