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Publisher's Summary

Sexy and fast-paced, Beautiful Lies is a true literary thriller featuring one of the freshest new voices in years. Lisa Unger takes us on a breathtaking ride in which every choice Ridley makes creates a whirlwind of consequences that are impossible to imagine... 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 10 minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the lie she used to call her perfect life. Instead, she's in the wrong place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that begins with a mysterious package on her doorstep. A package that informs her that her entire world is just an illusion. Forced to question everything she knows about herself, Ridley wanders into dark territory, where everyone is hiding something.
©2008 Lisa Unger (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Unger takes readers on a pulse-pounding ride through the Big Apple in this outstanding debut that will please both pace-obsessed thriller fans and those who want to savour the more subtle aspects of character development." ( Booklist)
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By Emma Tucker on 04-27-14

A Captivating collection of twists and turns

Would you listen to Beautiful Lies again? Why?

Yes. I think if I listened again I would discover different elements and aspects that I missed the first time. It's a complex story with interesting relationships and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it unfolds from a normal everyday life into a story with drama, twists and intrigue.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Kaye – was your favourite?

The central character, Ridley.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book concluded nicely and I felt the hope of a happy ending

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By LINDA on 04-02-14

Good Story

For the most part I enjoyed this book. The premise was interesting and how it unfolded was mostly believable. The main character, Ridley, a freelance journalist, didn't seem as inquisitive as I think journalists would have to be. She just accepted some shaky explanations at face value.
The narrator is good, I would definitley listen to her again.
The 'creepy/ atmospheric' music between chapters annoyed me throughout the book, and at 20+ chapters, that's fairly annoying.

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By Michelle on 04-24-17

Oh my god so predictable

I bought this book after reading positive reviews. I hated it . I think I was automatically turned off by the ridiculous music used to indicate a new chapter. I felt like I was getting my fortune told. The story was so obvious from about 1/3 into the book and it just went on and on and on. I skipped so much just to hear the ending .

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