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Sliver of Truth

(Ridley Jones #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,985 ratings  ·  520 reviews
Instant New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger's second sensational thriller featuring Ridley Jones "bursts from the starting gate and never lets up." (Booklist, starred review) And it "will force you to stay up past your bedtime, just as you do with the books of James Patterson and Michael Connelly." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

In Beautiful Lies, Ridley Jones stepped o
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Vintage / Black Lizard (first published January 2nd 2007)
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Lol! I could have sworn I had already read book 1 Beautiful Lies but it turned out I hadn't. It didn't matter because the author told me what I had missed in a chatty fashion throughout this book which I felt was very thoughtful of her.

Anyway Sliver of Truth was an okay read and a good story but with an extremely irritating main character. There was much too much examination of her feelings and much too much putting herself into dangerous situations through stupidity. She also had the recovery p
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to "Beautiful Lies" (which I enjoyed), was a flop from beginning to end. Although I didn't care much for the opening of the book, where the narrator's approach in bringing the reader "up to speed" just seemed annoying, I still at that point held out hope for a good plot. Unfortunately, the plot was merely acceptable, nothing more.

Yet, even with that—the annoying opening and the merely acceptable plot—I might still have at least found the book passably entertaining, had it not been fo
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lisa Unger’s writing style is so accessible, the words simply flow off the page. Her heroine, Ridley Jones, narrates her story in such an intimate way, she seems to be speaking to me personally.

I had galloped through the previous instalment of Ridley’s adventures, Beautiful Lies, in record time, as it was such a page-turner. To my dismay, I found I was reading this volume so fast that I was not absorbing details which might be important to the mystery. At the halfway mark I had to put the book d
Laura Bradford
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Great writing, interesting characters, twisty story.
Jonathan Gramann
Jan 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This, along with its sequel Sliver of Truth, are thrillers by Lisa Unger.

Beautiful Lies is a halfway decent story, and I admit I got caught up in it while reading. However, I suspect if I hadn't I would have found a number of inconsistencies in the plot. Sliver of Truth I enjoyed considerably less. For one, the speaker spends a considerable amount of time addressing the reader directly. For two, the speaker offers up a lot of background information that is completely irrelevant to plot, characte
Galen Johnson
May 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ridley Jones is drawn back into her family drama when the FBI approaches her with evidence that her criminal Uncle Max is still alive and is following her. She is drawn into what appears to be a legitimate attempt to snare her Uncle and discover his secrets, but ends up being shot and abducted to England.

Not at all believable, with ridiculous plot twists. Not recommended.
***Major plot spoilers for both Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth***

When I closed the book on Ridley, I thought we were done. I knew that at the end of Beautiful Lies there were a lot of unanswered questions, that justice was not served and that a lie from Jake had been left to stand. But, I figured: that’s life. It’s not always fair and we don’t always get what we want, or even what we need. What was important to me was that Ridley was on her way forward, that she had lived to fight another da
Jul 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yuck - apparently a sequel, since she frequently refers to the first book. That is really irritating. In addition, this female protagonist is stupid, so I don't really care what happens to her, except, of course, she survives without a scratch... ...more
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the same time as Beautiful Lies, not realizing that it was a sequel. So when I opened up to the first page and realized that it was, I was pleasantly surprised. There was a bit too much overlap in the beginning to get a new reader spun up on things. You really needed to read the first book to fully understand the second, so her back tracking, and at one point blantantly repeating word for word a few pages of the first book, was annoying. But it ended quickly and this second b ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start.
Ridley Jones can't stop pursuing her fake and new life, even if it gets everyone she knows killed, or herself killed for that matter.
So.... The author has basically written two novels about the exact same thing. She even goes so far to repeat large sections of the first book into the second book, verbatim. Not kidding.
She constantly switches from past tense to present tense. Who is her editor???
At one point I actually hoped Jake was finally killed off so she'd stop wondering w
Cecily Kyle
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wheel-a-thon-iv
An okay thrill ride that never really got me excited and that won't be memorable with the amount of books that I read. There are elements of the story that kept my attention but overall I just wasn't invested. I enjoy Lisa Ungers writing it just wasn't anything I haven't read before. ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
The second Ridley Jones series book from author Lisa Unger, "Sliver Of Truth", pales somewhat significantly from the first outing in this series. A whopping 426 pages, (paperback), this yarn gets lost into itself several times. Long passages and chapters that do nothing to move the plot along really bog this "Thriller" down frequently. This one opens up not long after the first book had left off. ("Beautiful Lies"), Ridley seems lost now that her favorite Uncle Max is dead. Interacting with seve ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this 2007 book, writer Ridley Jones picks up some pictures she had taken over the last few months and she is met by a couple of FBI agents. In several of the pictures, she sees a shadowy figure who the FBI obviously feels is her Uncle Max, although "Uncle" Max is her true biological father. Only problem is that Max is dead. Ridley saw his body after a car wreck and she spread his ashes. The FBI thinks Max will come after the one person he loves.

No one is who they seem to be in this book. I've
L.E. Fidler
so, apparently i can't type reviews anymore because fiona sees me do it, comes over, hits a few keys on ole blue, and bam! review gone.


in this sequel to "beautiful lies" once more ridley suffers the slings and arrows of seriously outrageous fortune. her relationship with the sexy but moody jake is on the fritz (clearly, she did not heed keanu's warning from the film "speed" that relationships started under intense situations don't exactly scream longevity), she is still incredibly obtuse, a
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent novel! Compact but with lots of surprising twists.
This sequel was just OK. Not nearly as well plotted, or as engaging as the first book in the series.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled with this- some narrators just don’t fit with you. The story is a continuation of a previous book which I thought had ended. I’d assumed this was a different story with the same character.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
eThe most striking thing about this is the very conversational style of writing. It is as if the main character and first person narrator is sitting with you in your living room and telling you all about what happened to her. This can be very engaging, but can also be a little bit jarring, particularly when her asides take you out of the story and her endless analysis of her choices in a specific moment. Foreshadowing is also a little heavy-handed as well as frequent. ("If I had known what was g ...more
Lady ♥ Belleza
This is the second book about Ridley Jones, it is a continuation of the Beautiful Lies and while I enjoyed it, I am pretty much done with Ridley Jones. All the way through this novel we get a rehash of the first novel, she repeats herself constantly. We learn her dislike for cell phones and why she is a terrible driver, both facts that were covered in the first novel and didn’t really need to be re-explored here. She also jumps forward in time and and then explains her actions and conversations ...more
Barbara ★
Well it's no wonder I was confused. There is absolutely no indication anywhere on this book that this is a sequel to Beautiful Lies which I hadn't read. But once I started it, I was invested and since I don't have Beautiful Lies, I figured what the heck. I found it decidedly strange that the protagonist, Ridley Jones makes comments directly to the reader. For me it was informative (since I hadn't read the first book) but it was still a really weird feeling. In the beginning I liked Ridley but sh ...more
This is a follow-up to a previous novel that I haven't read and although you do not really need to know the previous story I did find myself wondering what had gone on before as it is referred to quite a lot.

Ridley Jones has been to pick up some photographs when she is picked up by the FBI and shown a mysterious figure in the background of her photos. The FBI believe that this person is her uncle Max (who she recently found out is actually her father) who everyone thought was dead after some dod
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Maggie Boyd
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
As a sequel to Beautiful Lies this was a huge disappointment. Jake and Ridley are struggling in their relationship. Jake can't let go of the injustice of Project Rescue, whereas Ridley just wants to move on. Then new information comes to light regarding Max, Ridley's kindly uncle who is actually her biological father and suddenly everyone around Ridley begins to die once more.

Sorry but this read like a whole different book. Where book one was a taut thriller that kept me turning the pages this o
Chris Guertin
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the worst books I have ever read. It turns out to be the sequel of another book but the author tells you on the first few pages it is not necessary to have read the previous book. She then spends 300 of the next 430+ pages of rewriting her previous book. This book is an absolute bore, and never picks up any steam.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars is being generous more like 2 1/2. I felt the story took forever to tell without a lot of excitement. I didn't really care how the story was told - like when the author would say things from Ridley's point of view "now you probably think" I don't really need to point it out to me what I might be thinking. She was the most indecisive person ever. How many times can Ridley get shot, knocked unconscious, and tortured and still keep running? The first story was better, don't think it needed ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SLIVER OF TRUTH is Lisa Unger’s second novel. It is a continuation of her first novel, BEAUTIFUL LIES. You’ll understand and enjoy SLIVER OF TRUTH more if you read BEAUTIFUL LIES first.

This continuation begins, probably, a year or two after BEAUTIFUL LIES ends. Ridley Jones thought all her troubles were over, but they get even worse now. Not only are there more secrets and lies but one, in particular, sure is a surprise.

Who is Ridley’s "Uncle" Max? How important is he and to whom? Did he really
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
2 book Series, read 1st book, which was Ok and finally gave up on Book 2. Very confusing and not enjoying at all :-(
The Cats’ Mother
First book of 2016 finished! I had not heard of this author before, but I got this through my book club and was in the mood for a quick thriller. I don't normally like the read series out of order, but sometimes will just to try an author out and decide after whether to go back and fill in the gaps. In this case I wouldn't need to as there is SO much repetition of the previous book that I felt like I had actually read it. Ironically, I often complain with series that there's no recap, when it mi ...more
Ridley and Jake are back. Her parents, Ben and Grace, are traveling through Europe, and she doesn’t understand how they could be enjoying themselves so thoroughly, when her world is falling apart. Three people she’s talked to have all been killed and she feels the weight of the world on her shoulders for their deaths. She and Jake now have a on and off ‘thing’ and an FBI agent, Dylan Grace, starts inconveniently showing up. Everyone wants something from her. Everyone wants her real father, Max S ...more
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