BOOK REVIEW: SLIVER OF TRUTH
Your life can change in a minute and that is exactly what happened to Ridley Jones.
Things have not been the same since she rescued a child and ended up with her picture in the newspapers.
After picking up some prints from a photo lab, things really begin to get interesting. It seems the FBI was also interested in the photos. The first photo was of Ridley in front of Notre-Dame in Paris. The next photo was of Ridley and her boyfriend, Jake, on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The third one was taken at the Botanic Garden. Ridley thought the photos looked innocent enough but why was the FBI interested in them? They were interested not in the subject of the photos but in the background. In each of the photos was a man, tall and thin. He wore a long black coat and a hat. Was this man in the photo her uncle Max? How could this possibly be? Max was dead.
Max was Ridley's father's best friend. She later found out that Max was really her biological father. The FBI was interested in Max for his role in Project Rescue. Project Rescue was developed by Max to help pass the Safe Haven Law in New York. This law allowed frightened mothers to abandon their babies at specified Safe Haven sites with no questions asked. However, there was also something going on behind the scenes. Cooperating nurses and doctors were secretly flagging children they thought were victims of abuse. Along with the help of organized crime, some of these children were abducted and sold to wealthy families. Was the death of Max a cover-up? Is he still alive?
Ridley is caught in the middle. She really isn't sure who to trust. Is her father still alive and using her? She is not too sure whether she wants to find out the truth but she knows this is the only way to solve the problem.
Lisa Unger has written a novel that is full of suspense from the very first moment the photographs are seen. My recommendation is that you read Beautiful Lies first. Lisa Unger shows the readers once again that she is a great storyteller. All the loose ends are not quite tied up at the end of the story, which only makes us hope that there will be another novel soon. This novel will keep the reader guessing and is one that you should add to your list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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