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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Unger Narrator: Ann Marie Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ridley Jones Series Release Date:
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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…

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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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Her engaging narrative wins us over.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Unger’s plot twists and turns will force you to stay up past your bedtime, just as you do with the books of a more seasoned James Patterson or Michael Connelly.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “One of this season’s hottest new thrillers.”

    New York Post

  • “A high-velocity plot that pulls the reader along on Ridley’s dangerous quest, and Unger skillfully keeps her, and us, guessing about whom to trust…A complex and gripping story about the dark side of the best of intentions, Beautiful Lies is a satisfying thriller.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “An outstanding suspense/thriller containing that rare combination of fast-paced action coupled with marvelous character development.”

    Roanoke Times

  • “[An] intriguing premise…complemented by a likable, chatty heroine about whom the reader can’t help but care.”


  • “A fresh, likable voice.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A high-wire balance of tension and resolution.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • Beautiful Lies is a heartfelt thriller full of twists, turns, and truths—truths about the terrible ways families deceive themselves. Lisa Unger writes with precision and insight—she’s a welcome new voice in suspense fiction.”

    Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This mystery’s surprising twists will make your jaw drop.”


  • “Suspenseful, sensitive, sexy, subtle. The best nail-biter I have read in ages.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A tightly written thriller…The action is depicted with satisfying breathlessness.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Perfect pitch, characters we can recognize as versions of ourselves…Lip-smacking good.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • A 2007 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/19/2014

    " This was a great travel read. This novel is a thriller, but has more depth to it than most thrillers--it even has a series of discussion questions at the end, something not typical for thrillers. I'm between 3 and 4 on this one, and I look forward to reading more by Lisa Unger, including a sequel to Beautiful Lies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tsahai Wright | 2/17/2014

    " I borrowed it from my library for my kindle. Liked it. It was a cute read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine | 2/14/2014

    " I liked the plotline, even though it was predictable at times, but wasn't a big fan of it being told in the first person narrative, especially when it was written as though she was actually speaking to the reader. Some pieces in the end didn't seem to match up, and there still seem to be a lot of loose ends, but I suppose perhaps that's the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/7/2014

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

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