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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,065 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Unger Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ridley Jones Series Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780739324295
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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 ten 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.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A stunning, powerful novel! Lisa Unger’s taut prose grabs the reader from word one and never lets go. In this tantalizing tale of family suspense, beware of who you trust and be forewarned about what might happen next. Lisa Gardner, author of Alone
  • A tense exploration of what lies beneath the white picket fence of ordinary life. Harlan Coben has a new rival for his thriller crown. John Connolly, author of The Black Angel
  • Beautiful Lies is a heartfelt thriller full of twists, turns, and truths. . . . Lisa Unger writes with precision and insight—she’s a welcome new voice in suspense fiction. Jeff Abbott, author of Panic
  • At last, a riveting suspense novel filled with psychological insight and amazing wisdom. Lisa Unger is a literate, savvy writer, and Beautiful Lies is a find! Read it now! Margaret coel, author of Eye of the Wolf
  • Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle . . . The best nail-biter I have read for ages. Highly recommended. Lee Child, author of One Shot

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora King | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. Story about a girl who has it all, then discovers that maybe she isn't who she thinks she is...maybe her parents aren't really her parents....but is she a missing child from the 80's. It's got all the ingredients of a good thriller, mystery...murder, kidnapping, cute investigator! It appears to be the first in a series so I hope to see more of Ridley Jones soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent read, although i must say things that happened at the end were not a complete surprise but it was definitely an enjoyable read. I read half of the book in one day, the last half goes really fast. I enjoyed it and would recommend to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/6/2013

    " I was purusing novelist.com and came across the author Lisa Unger. This book, Beautiful Lies, was great! A woman named Ridley Jones becomes momentarily famous and finds that the life she thought she had has been full of lies and deceit. Her fame comes from saving a little boy from being run over by a car. Her fame connects her to people from her past she never new existed. She also meets a mysterious man that she falls fro but isn't ssure she can trust him. The twists and turns of this novel are fast paced and kept me in suspense throughout the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Xpalmer | 11/21/2013

    " This author is horrible and her heroine is a mix of stupid and emotional; a bad combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/4/2013

    " I loved the first Lisa Unger book I read (Fragile) so I went into this one with high expectations. It was . . . okay. Fragile has several POV characters, which I found more interesting, and Beautiful Lies is narrated in first person by one character the whole story. Which is fine, but I did weary a bit of her introspection. Normally, this type of thriller/mystery has too much story not enough character development for me, but this one had was a little light on the story/plot and wee overloaded with character. Still, I like Unger's writing style and found in a pleasant read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 9/2/2013

    " I had high hopes for this book and was let down. I have been in the mood for a good suspense book. It was not a thriller, page-turner for me. If it had been, I would have finished this book in two days, not two weeks. The whole plot was not very engaging and the character building did not happen. It is written in the first person and for whatever reason that made it less suspenseful especially when the character addresses me, the reader with things like, "You may ask why I did this." or something like that. The language was awful but really didn't creep up too much until the middle of the book and I learned to skip over it. There is a sequel which I probably will not read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlee Stone | 8/28/2013

    " This is the first book I have read by Lisa Unger and I loved it! I will be trying all of her books, most likely. It was a little predictable but still exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Krill | 8/23/2013

    " Think your life is what is it! It's not always what it seems, this book was a great read! took ya right to the core of the story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 8/13/2013

    " Due to timing I audiobooked this one. Let's just say the person reading it is the Nicholas Cage of audiobooks ... I might've given it a higher rating otherwise but at the most 3 stars. A decent mystery at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Paret | 7/1/2013

    " Great book.. Enjoyed very much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kori | 6/7/2013

    " I like this book. It was different from what I was used to reading. I had never read this author before but I am glad i did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie King | 5/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a first-person account of a young woman named Ridley Jones. Her normal life is turned upside down. I like that it shows that knowing the truth is always better than living a lie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terese | 5/23/2013

    " Did not enjoy this one as much as her last two. A bit slow and I did not enjoy the story line. In fact, I had the second book in this series lined up, but I returned it without reading it, because it continued with the same story line of Ridley Jones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Meggs | 4/15/2013

    " A terrific plot, well conceived and fleshed out. Interesting characters with realistic sides to their nature - good and bad, both feel real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charley | 4/1/2013

    " Fantastic read! Would recommend highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/17/2013

    " very good book, a fast paced read. Lots of twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 10/5/2012

    " Ok thriller - doesn't compel me to read any more of Unger's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Cousins | 8/9/2012

    " LOVED this book. I will be reading other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 5/17/2012

    " An average thriller that moderately kept my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Dixon | 5/17/2012

    " Very intense. Fun to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie Pommersheim | 3/30/2012

    " Quick read and very exciting. A page turner for sure! Mystery, murder, lies...I love these kind of books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 1/17/2012

    " This was an okay book; good debut novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Robin | 11/15/2011

    " I have read all of Lisa Unger's books - they are all terrific reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Grosch | 11/14/2011

    " This book was annoying. It was just interesting enough that I wanted to finish it to see what happened to Ridley and Jake. For the most part I felt like I had to trudge through it and just get to the end. I won't be reading anything else by Lisa Unger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 8/21/2011

    " Great book. One of my newest favorite authors! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 5/18/2011

    " Fast read; likeable main character. reminded me of a movie though...
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 5/7/2011

    " Good story, but I am not very tolerant of language and other stuff added in. Wouldn't recommend because of some language and TMI in other areas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 5/3/2011

    " Um thriller interessante, intenso, que custa a largar, mas a que falta algum conteúdo, torna-se algo básico. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 5/2/2011

    " I liked the book but there was a huge inconsistency that was only acknowledged in the questions for discussion at the end. This annoyed me the whole time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/18/2011

    " Wow.... I was expecting a regular action thriller thing but got something totally better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 4/16/2011

    " Great read. Ridley is a great charater. this book kept me on my toes the entire read and pulled me right into the sequel. Lots of action. A totally unexpected and great ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/16/2011

    " This is the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed the story and the characters and look forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/14/2011

    " Good reading, interesting from the beginning and only got better! "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold over one million copies in the United States and have been translated into twenty-six different languages. She currently lives in Florida.

About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.