Sliver of Truth, by Lisa Unger

Cover ImageFinished 8-4-09, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2007

There’s always a cost for denial.  How high a cost depends largely on the importance of the truth being ignored…What I’m saying is that our actions, our choices have consequences that are sometimes impossible to predict.  But when our actions and choices are based on fear and denial…well, nothing good can come of that.  Ever.  I had learned this the hard way.  Was still learning.

Chapter 5

This is the sequel to Beautiful Lies  and I think you need to read Beautiful Lies first.  Not just because I always have to read books in the order they were intended, but because this book will make a whole lot more sense if you do.  As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read BL, add it to your TBR list and skip this review until after you’ve read it.

Ridley Jones is back to her normal routine a year after her world fell apart.  Her relationship with her parents is strained, as is life with her boyfriend Jake.  She is still working as a freelance journalist in New York City, but her life takes another dramatic turn as the FBI show her photos that seem to prove that her biological father, Uncle Max, is still alive and being hunted for his crimes.  Being used as bait does not sit well with Ridley and lots of bad choices are made.

I love the rambling first person narrative of Ridley.  It draws me in and makes me care.  Ridley is a complete mess, but one with courage and heart.  She makes lots of bad choices and has questionable taste in men, but I am always rooting for her.  She is wonderfully flawed.

I didn’t love this as much as I did Beautiful Lies, but it was a solidly entertaining follow up.  Some of the story and inner dialogue felt a touch repetitive, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying Ridley’s journey.