Charged with relentless intensity and kinetic action, and playing out with unnerving suspense on the streets of New York and London, Sliver of Truth delves deep into the shadowy world of Ridley Jones, a terrified but determined young woman at once hunting down a ghost from her past and running for her life. About Sliver of Truth Ridley Jones is on a mission to find a ghost from her past. In Beautiful Lies, Ridley Jones stepped off a street corner and into an abyss of violence, deception, and fear. She is being a lot more careful about where she steps and trying to get on with her life when another seemingly mundane act—picking up a few envelopes of prints at a photo lab—puts her at the nexus of a global network of crime.
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Her heroine, Ridley Jones, narrates her story in such an intimate way, she seems to be speaking to me personally. I had galloped through the previous instalment of Ridleys adventures, Beautiful Lies, in record time, as it was such a page-turner. To my dismay, I found I was reading this volume so fast that I was not absorbing details which might be important to the mystery.
At the halfway mark I had to put the book down, take a breather, then re-read some of the key episodes again. Even so, I finished Sliver of Truth in just over one day. Although Unger makes a decent job of recapping the earlier volume in Sliver of Truth, it would definitely benefit readers to begin with Beautiful Lies to get the full meaning of the foundation story.
In brief, Ridley Jones, a Manhattan-based freelance writer, discovers that she is adopted in what were unusual circumstances brought about by her beloved uncle, the late Max Smiley.
A random act in the street outside her apartment triggers a chain of events which uncovers the details of the adoption, and brings her into contact with shadowy characters driven by personal demons or professional ambition. One of those is handsome, sexy Jake Jacobsen, who becomes her live-in boyfriend. Having learned the identity of her biological parents by the end of Beautiful Lies, Ridley now finds herself plunged into high drama and derring-do, as certain individuals and the secret services try to determine whether Max is really dead or alive.
Cynically, they stalk the naive Ridley, to see if he will emerge from the shadows out of love for his niece, if he still exists. Meantime, Ridley is compelled to conduct her own search for the true meaning of the uncle that she loved so greatly.
Running counter to the dramatic, fast paced action, are philosophical passages in which Ridley contemplates the nature of truth and lies, Nature versus Nurture, and family relationships. These add an extra dimension to the story.
The author sets a cracking pace, with the rapid escalation of shocks and violence, and with the body count rising rapidly. But Ridley is no Jason Bourne, rather she is a pleasant, conventional young woman who is catapulted into a mirky world she could never have dreamt of. She is used and abused by many of the sinister characters she encounters on her quest to find out the truth about her heritage. I hugely enjoyed going along for the ride.
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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. 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. Excerpt 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.
Sliver of Truth
A novel by Lisa Unger Recently, Ridley Jones stepped off a street corner and into an abyss of violence, deception, and fear. She is being a lot more careful about where she steps and trying to get on with her life when another seemingly mundane act- picking up a few envelopes of prints at a photo lab- puts Ridley at the nexus of a global network of crime. Everyone from the federal government to the criminal underworld wants to know who the man is- and where he is- and some people are willing to kill to find out. Now the FBI is at her door, some serious bad guys are following her every move, and the family she once loved and relied on is more distant than ever.
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