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Beautiful Lies

(Ridley Jones #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,512 ratings  ·  1,477 reviews
Ridley Jones sets out on a quest to unlock the secrets of her murky past after the faded picture of a man, woman, and baby girl is delivered to her door with a note asking "Are you my daughter?".

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 s
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those that want an interesting mystery/thriller
Recommended to Jaidee by: random pick
3.5 "exciting, interesting, logical" stars !!!

We have been on the road for ten hours or so ....coming home from vacation and what am I doing instead of unpacking. Well first of all picked up kitty and squeezed him o so tight and now he is on my lap while I type out this review. Unpacking can wait !!

I very much enjoyed this book and my time spent with the heroine, Ms. Ridley Jones. Ms. Unger is able to write a very good thriller/mystery and I understand that this is one of her first novels.
Glad to have stumbled across this in the audio section of my library, although I do own the hard copy. That's okay as I'm going to pass it onto a friend that likes this genre.

My three star rating doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this, obviously, though I do find it hard sometimes to rate and review audio books.

I enjoyed the character development of Ridley (excellent name) and can see her being a great fit for a series that I will read at some stage. She's a cool woman, sure of herself and will not p
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Masterson
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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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 than 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
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, read-2015
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
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I think I've found a new favourite author.

Ridley Jones has a perfectly happy, ordered life until she steps into the path of an oncoming van to save a little boy. As fate would have it, a photographer captures the whole thing on film and Ridley has her 15 minutes of fame in the newspapers. The only problem is that someone recognises her from that photograph. A chain of events is set in motion that forces Ridley to question everything about her life - who she is, who to trust, how to se
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense

This is by far the best romantic/suspense book I've 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
I absolutely loved reading this book. Not only was it well written but I loved how the author had the main character, Ridley Jones, act as though she was talking directly to the reader. It's a very interesting premise that I'm sure we've all thought of at one time or another.

From the get-go, because of a small series of events that leads Ridley to getting her picture in the paper, she receives an anonymous note which leads her to question and reflect on everything in her life while growing up i
Donna Weber
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quidam, the stranger, the anonymous passerby. The man walking in the rain on the street after midnight. The sound of a violin through your apartment wall. The homeless man asking for change on the steps of a church. The old woman next to you on the bus. Disconnected from your life but joined to you by a moment in time. All the choices and events of his life and the choices and events of yours have led you to be in the exact same place at the exact same time. Think about it.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Of all the books I've had on my list to read by Lisa, Beautiful Lies was one I wasn't really that bothered by. I don't know if it was the synopsis or what, but it felt a bit meh. Still I've read almost everything else by her so got out both Ridley Jones books from my library, Beautiful lies is book 1.

This story is clever. It draws you in, you question you own questions about what's happening and why. You question who you can trust, what will be the out come and whether Ridley herself is actually
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This was a decent mystery, I figured out some of it while only halfway through. But overall it was pretty good if a bit long.

I enjoyed Ridley and Jake. I wasn't sure if Jake could be trusted and kept changing my mind about him which was super frustrating because I wanted to like him so bad. But I loved the tension from it! I feel like Ridley said somethings that she later contradicted, but her character was solid, if a tad boring.
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
I was in a weird place when the idea for Beautiful Lies struck me. I was very mindful of my own past and how it had shaped me, trying to decide what I wanted to take with me and what I wanted to leave behind. I had been married just a couple of years; my husband Jeffrey and I were thinking about starting our own family, calling into focus a lot of issues from my childhood. I was really deep in thought about who I was and who I wanted to be as a parent.

During this time, I received one of those ma
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
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Three stars, should probably be 3.5. (view spoiler) ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Die For You I had to get my hands on the rest of Lisa Unger's novels so I started at the beginning. Beautiful Lies did not disappoint. While it seems there's definitely a common theme in her novels (waking up one day and finding out your life is pretty much a big lie) they're hardly just rehashed tales.

Ridley Jones lead a storied life. Loved by her mother and father and her favorite uncle, solid job. Very story book childhood. One decision she makes in her life leads her down a roa
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The cover of Beautiful Lies said this was a suspenseful story, a tightly written thriller and a mystery with surprising twists. For the first 180 pages the word that came to my mind was: Romance. Ridley Jones, the heroine, meets Jake and is smitten. He's hot and sexy and muscular and what she's most interested in is seeing the rest of the tattoo that's under his shirt. That's really the mystery she works on the most.

Eventually we get to the other mystery, the one where we try to find out what h
Mar 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
You know a book is bad when you've guessed the ending by page 153. Maybe because it was almost the same plot as Harlan Coben's Tell No One, another book with an obvious ending. Given all the positive reviews of both books (and the best seller lists), I guess most people have a higher tolerance of these kind of "mysteries" than I do. Another thing that drove me crazy, I realize that the author lived in the East Village at some point (as did I for 8 years), but you would think she would know that ...more
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
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE (coming Sep. 17). Her latest release, UNDER MY SKIN, is an Edgar nominee and finalist for the Hammett Prize. Her story, THE SLEEP TIGHT MOTEL, is a #1 bestselling short and Edgar nominee.

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