Beautiful Lies – by Lisa Unger

Reviewed by Barbara Watson
Company driver, Tyson

Listening Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
Publisher: Random House Audio
Retail: $29.95
Genre: Romance/Mystery

Plot: Ridley Jones is waiting for a cab outside her apartment when something unexpected happens, causing her picture to be on TV and in the newspaper. Someone sees her picture, and her life turns upside down. The privileged life she has always known with a loving father and mother turns out to be full of lies. Along the way, she meets Jake, who has secrets of his own. Jake becomes Ridley’s lover, and together they must sort through the lies to find out the truth before they are killed.

Which character was your favorite? Ridley. She stood up for what she believed in no matter the cost. She stood beside Jake when everyone else was trying to turn her against him.

Does the book have a message or theme? No matter how good your intentions are when you tell lies, they can always come back to hurt you or someone else.

What did you like or dislike? I liked the intensity and guessing at who were the good guys and bad guys.

Would you recommend this book to friends? Yes, it’s a great book to listen to. Time will fly by while listening.

Narrator’s style: I like narrator Jenna Lamia’s style.

How would you grade the book? A

Cross – James Patterson

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., police department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex’s need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge – raising his children without their mother.

Years later, Alex has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life finally feels in order when his former partner calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, whose victims refuse to reveal anything about their attacker.

When the case triggers a connection to Maria’s death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife’s murderer after all these years. Will justice be served at long last? Or is this the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?

Unabridged on seven CDs
Hachette Audio

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