The first half of the book was okay but once I got into the second half of the book I wanted to scream at the author and the goofy heroine for being such a self-absorbed ninny. The plot was very heavy handed and so improbable as to be laughable which wouldn't be so bad except the book took itself way too seriously. I thought the narrator was very good and appropriate for the book.
Beautiful Lies is a dreary attempt to set an old style gothic romance into a gritty New York setting. It doesn’t work. The first-person narrator, a woman improbably named Ridley, gets caught up in the mystery of finding out her real identity after she rescues a young boy from a busy street and her story is plastered across the news. Complete with the obligatory mysterious handsome man who the heroine falls in love with and then begins to fear, the novel leans heavily on the 18th century writer’s technique of directly addressing the reader to the point that the listener simply wants to pull out the earphones so she will stop talking at you. The narrator is so self-absorbed, righteous and lacking in any perspective save her interest in herself that it is difficult to believe that she could be the successful freelance writer she is supposed to be. The other characters are as flat as paper dolls and the predictable plot dead ends with our heroine simply having the mystery explained to her by one of the bad guys and her parents. Alas, this thriller wanna be is not worth a listen.
Great listen! Could not wait to get back on the road to listen while I was driving. Interesting characters, great narration and excellent pulse-pounding story line of deceit and intrigue. Some of it's was a bit redundant at the end; however, I was entertained in an unexpected and surprising way. Rarely do I rate titles but when this book ended I knew I had to share my thoughts.
The author doesn't know if the main character is supposed to be a dumb twit that needs to be saved or is a smart competent woman that can save herself and others.
Example, at one point Ridley asks, "Is there something like a reverse phone directory?", then later in the book she uses her computer to go to her Lexis-Nexis account to skip trace someone. D'oh. If you've got the intelligence and acumen to have a L-N account you certainly are going to know that there is a reverse phone directory.
Seems like the author tries very hard to make a damsel-in-distress just so she can have a perfectly buff, gorgeous guy save her while she turns around and saves him. Hum. Why does that story line sound familiar?
I am all for being descriptive, but this was beyond necessary! It seemed almost every noun had a dozen descriptors. The other issues of this book was the excerpts where the narrator address the audience. Saying things like, "you maybe thinking" was very disruptive to the flow of the story. The story itself was interesting enough. It was a little predictable and the romance was trite and unbelievable, but would have been a decent listen if the writing had been more solid.
It started out kind of interesting then went down hill fast. No surprise ending, too long because it didn't have any suspense.