Sliver of Truth
In Beautiful Lies, Ridley Jones stepped off a street corner and into an abyss of violence, deception, and fear. Now, she is just trying to get on with her life when another seemingly mundane act—picking up some prints at a photo lab—sends her on a mission to find a ghost from her past. A figure of the same man appears in too many pictures she's taken in the last year, lurking just far enough away to make identification impossible. But, she is not the only one who wants to know who the man is, and soon finds herself in the middle of a deeper investigation and unsure who to trust.
The only thing Ridley knows for sure is that she has to get to the truth about herself and her past if she is ever going to find her way home.
She wondered, Is it possible, maybe even normal, to spend twenty years of your life with someone, to love that person more than you love yourself sometimes and then sometimes to truly hate him, so much that you think about taking your cast-iron grill pan and bringing it down on the top of his head? Or maybe these thoughts were just a result of one of her random yet tempestuous perimenopausal moments. Or the fact that the piece-of-crap air conditioner she'd been begging him to replace for two summers was no competition for a kitchen where there were three pans on the stove and a pork roast in the oven...
Awards and Honors
- BookSense Best Book of the Month
- Doubleday Book Club Main Selection
- Literary Guild Book Club Main Selection
“Suspense-studded chick lit. Not so. Unger has a far more sophisticated way with a thriller than that. It’s true, though, that Ridley is all girl – smart-mouthed and kick-ass when she needs to be...compulsive reading.”
—New York Daily News
“Exciting thriller full of suspense and breathless tension… To fully appreciate the twists and turns, the reader will first want to invest in last year’s Beautiful Lies in which Unger introduced Ridley...The stubborn, intelligent Ridley is a character worth rooting for.”
“Bestseller Unger’s sensational second thriller puts her in the same league as such genre masters as Peter Straub and Peter Abrahams...Unger grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go… her gifts for dialogue and pacing set this far above the standard novel of suspense and will leave many anxiously awaiting her third book.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Unger's popular debut, BEAUTIFUL LIES, introduced readers to Ridley Jones, a New York freelance writer who rescues a toddler who wanders onto a busy Manhattan street...In this sizzling sequel, a shadowy figure in a trio of photos prompts Ridley to wonder whether Max is indeed dead. Unger’s plot bursts from the starting gate and never lets up, as Ridley pieces together the puzzle that is her past.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“A fast-paced story that readers will find difficult to put down.”
"Unger is a talented storyteller."
—The Tampa Tribune
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