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
"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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"A Captivating collection of twists and turns"
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.
The way it unfolds from a normal everyday life into a story with drama, twists and intrigue.
The central character, Ridley.
The book concluded nicely and I felt the hope of a happy ending
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.
Beautiful Lies is a very well written and engaging thriller with multiple strands running through it. It is primarily the story of Ridley, who because of a series of random events, becomes a media sensation for a few days. As a result she receives information which leads her to question, who she is and how she came to be the person she has always unquestioningly believed herself to be.
Ridley is an engaging and likeable heroine. She feels real, a good person leading a normal life, she is kind, reliable and hardworking. Ridley is also a loving daughter but the events at the beginning of the novel cause her to question everything about her life and who she believes she is.
This book was very well performed indeed. Elizabeth Kaye became Ridley Jones. She read with tremendous feel for the character and the events. One of the best read audiobooks I have listened to.
It had me guessing, trying to work out what was happening before it was revealed. I liked the story of Ridley and Jake, I don't want to give anything away so I will just say that this part of the story was powerfully written.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the first I have read/listened to by Lisa Unger. I was pleased to see that audible have several of her novels so look forward to hearing some more.Highly recommended.
"Not worth the effort"
Too, too, too slow and rambling without enough books to keep you interested in the outcome. Very predictable. Why didn't Ridley ask the right questions sooner?
"Were They Beautiful?"
I quite liked the reader's performance. I also liked the twist, though I did see it happening. Less dwelling on the 'Will he?' 'Won't he?' 'Is he?' would have cut a lot of the book and for me, made it more enjoyable.
I guessed most of the ending from very early on, so it didn't have a big impact.
the initial scene of the expected accident was the most compelling.
No, I wonder why you would ask this question of the book. i became more involved in the story at the end of the book.
Was Jake for real? Was Max? Was the solicitor? It all felt a little too big.
"Read her newer work, it's much better"
I downloaded Beautiful Lies after I'd enjoyed In The Blood enormously. Big mistake. My bad however as I should have done my research. This was Miss Unger's first book and it shows. Terrible characterisation, hokey plot, awful dialogue. Save your credit for her more recent efforts and give this one a miss.
"Disappointing, dull and implausible"
I was keen to try this book based on the previous reviews. I am usually have a verylaid back approach to books and will listen and read almost anything and just enjoy the experience. This book, however, was really painful to listen to! I cannot fault the narrator - she did her very best with a very poor quality, implausible and ultimately boring story!
The storyline was the most disappointing aspect of this book. It is just very poorly written and the protagonist is hard to warm to - she just comes across as being as slow as treacle. This other characters too are very stilted and forced, and I felt it was a real achievement to even make it to the end of the book.
The narrator did her utmost with a very poor piece of writing.
If you are a fan of Dan Brown, and believe him to be a gifted storyteller and a talented weaver of tales - then this book will be right up your alley!
Well the best that I can say is that I did actually see this through to the end. I found the writing odd in the extreme - one phrase was along the lines of: 'I wanted to climb inside him so that I could connect on a cellular level' I haven't yet work out what that means!! I really became irritated by this sort of rubbishy nonsense, the story was OKish - but I feel that it was 13 1/2 hours of my life that I will never get back.
The narrative was done on a 'confidential between you and me' 1st person basis which was awful. No more Lisa Unger for me I am afraid!!
"Plausible story well read"
Of the few books I've listened to so far, it ranks highly thanks to its fast pace and believable characters.
This is the first book I've heard by Lisa Unger.
The intimate scenes between the lead characters were the most realistic.
There were no scenes that particularly moved me but I felt drawn into the relationship between the two lead characters which unfolded naturally as the events of the story unfolded. The ending did not disappoint.
The storyline could have been tightened up. Some of the details of the character's emotions were not always necessary. Nevertheless the plot had enough interest to ride these slower passages.
A 30 something girl saves a child from being run over and is a bit of a media sensation as a result. Lots of people take notice, but one of them may be a bit kooky - implying she is his daughter and not the offspring of the local doctor after all.
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