When reporter Ridley Jones saves a little boy from being hit by a car, it seems her 15 minutes of fame have arrived. But instead of happiness, Ridley’s world is overturned by a picture of a young girl mailed to her, asking “Are you my daughter?” She confronts her parents, who insist that she is, of course, their daughter. But the new next-door neighbor Jake, who Ridley pours her story out to, seems less sure about the whole situation. Soon everyone in Ridley’s life is implicated in a bizarre cover-up, her drug-addicted, sometimes homeless brother; her parents who have been hiding numerous secrets; her rich, doting, alcoholic uncle Max; and even her exboyfriend, a pediatrician who pretends to have Ridley’s best interests at heart.
The premise of Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies is original and innovative. I didn’t always find it as exciting as it sounds, and I sometimes wished it was wrapping up quicker than it was. However, Beautiful Lies is an overall thrilling and suspenseful novel, with more intelligence than most. I plan on looking into Unger’s other novels Black Out, and Sliver of Truth.