Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BEAUTIFUL LIES-Lisa Unger Review

(from Goodreads)

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 still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfect—with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.

But that’s not what happened. Instead, those inconsequential decisions lead her to perform a good deed that puts her in the right place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that brings a mysterious package to her door—a package which informs her that her entire world is a lie.

Suddenly forced to question everything she knows about herself and her family, Ridley wanders into dark territory she never knew existed, where everyone in her life seems like a stranger. She has no idea who’s on her side and who has something to hide—even, and maybe especially, her new lover, Jake, who appears to have secrets of his own.

Sexy and fast-paced, Beautiful Lies is a true literary thriller with one of the freshest voices and heroines to arrive 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 . . . .

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It had mystery, murder and romance. This was told from the pov of Ridley, a young woman who finds out some things about herself. Things she wasn't trying to find out.

This book was also about choices. Ridley tells us how you shouldn't regret anything in your life, because your life is made up of choices that you decided. Everyone is free to make their own choices and the choices that they make will determine the path their life will take.

The author, Lisa Unger, did a good job of character development. We not only get to know Ridley, but we also get to know the people around her. Her parents, her brother, her "uncle" and of course, her new love interest, Jake. Everyone in this book was involved in this mystery some way.

It was a very good book that kept me hanging on until the very end!

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