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Beautiful Lies

By Lisa Unger

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 May 2006
What if your name was a lie? What if your whole life was a lie? In the split second freelance writer Ridley Jones saves a small child from being run over, her life changes forever. A newspaper photographer catches everything on film and Ridley becomes an instant media darling. But just as her life seems to be settling back to normal, an unmarked envelope slipped under her door shatters everything. It contains the newspaper article, along with an old photograph of a man, a woman who looks eerily like Ridley, and a little girl. The accompanying note reads simply: 'Are you my daughter?' Forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family, Ridley wanders into a dark underworld she never knew existed. Now she's not sure who is on her side or who has something to hide even and maybe especially Jake, her new neighbor - a stranger she is irresistibly drawn to who seems to have secrets of his own.

About the Author

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies in the US and have been translated into 26 different languages. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut but grew up in the Netherlands, England, New Jersey and New York, where she graduated from the New School for Social Research. Lisa now divides her time, along with her husband and daughter, between Florida and New York City.

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After an act of heroism garners instant fame for 30-something New York freelancer Ridley Jones, she receives a faded photo of a man, a familiar-looking woman and a little girl along with a note asking, "Are you my daughter?" Shaken, she confronts her parents, who affirm she is theirs by birth; that same day, however, hot new neighbor Jake enters her life, and he's less sure. With breathless speed, Unger is off on an action-packed journey of treachery and intrigue-and sex and romance. Jake turns out to have just as much at stake in discovering Ridley's past as she, but in the way are Ridley's controlling parents; her drug-addicted brother, Ace; her intrusive former boyfriend, pediatrician Zack; and the people protecting the legacy of her Uncle Max, a real estate mogul who used his influence to fund rescue houses for abused women and children. Following leads garnered from scrutinizing the operations of places Max's foundation supports, Ridley and Jake uncover a chilling scheme for taking infants and toddlers from violent homes; their relationship heats up, and Ridley's family gets very edgy. The premise-that there is a dark side to the safe haven law-is deep as well as clever, and Unger plays it out thrillingly. $150,000 ad/promo; 10-city tour. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

For her efforts, Good Samaritan Ridley Jones receives a mystifying package that forces her to rethink her whole life-and then flee it. A big debut; lots of foreign rights have been sold, and there's a ten-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781863254809
ISBN: 1863254803
Publisher: Bantam
Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.9 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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