What a trip LIE TO ME was! From the first scene, nae the first character introduction, I was completely hooked on this mystery. LIE TO ME kept me guessing til the very end. This is my first J.T. Ellison book, but it will not be my last. The story starts with this line:
“You aren’t going to like me very much”
The main character remains anonymous throughout most of this story. Then we meet Ethan, who is married to Sutton, on the morning he finds Sutton has left him. Ethan and Sutton are both authors and they have recently lost a son. Things have been rocky, but they love each other. So when he reads Sutton’s Dear John letter he can’t believe she is really gone. He tries to enlist all her friends in finding her. He is reluctant to go to the police due to the scandal from last year and how guilty it might make him look. Once he calls the police he finds himself the prime suspect when a burned up body is found wearing his wife’s wedding set. The questions mount as the death of their son gets further scrutiny. Did Sutton kill her own son and then herself?
This story starts with Ethan and I believed him wholeheartedly. He seems to have been blindsided by the death of his son and his wife’s disappearance. Every time I convinced myself he was completely innocent, something else came to light that made me question myself. There was an affair and maybe Ethan had this coming. There are multiple POVs in this story and each one adds to the mystery.
Both Ethan and Sutton are famous authors. Ethan just a little more seriously taken since Sutton writes mostly steamy romance. There is a little competition between them that becomes even more obvious when Ethan’s writer’s block keeps him from writing. Sutton has also been through and/or done something that is catastrophic to her career and so they both have to find other avenues to use their talents to keep their family afloat.
I found all the side characters to this couple really interesting. There is Sutton’s mother, who gets quarterly payments even though she treats them both terribly, a detective who is sure Ethan is innocent, and many close friends of Sutton who are split on whether Ethan killed Sutton or is just laying low somewhere. The main mystery is Sutton, but so much more comes to light that each character really comes into question.
This is an enchanting thriller that had so many twists and turns. I had no idea how this would wrap up but I am completely satisfied with the jaw dropping conclusion. If you enjoy a good domestic thriller with a lot of mystery, I highly recommend LIE TO ME.
Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Published by MIRA on September 5th, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense, General, Crime
eARC provided by Harlequin
Domestic noir at its best. Readers will devour this stunning page-turner about the disintegration of a marriage as grief, jealousy, betrayal and murder destroy the facade of the perfect literary couple. New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison takes her exceptional writing to a new level with this breakout novel.
They built a life on lies
Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.
Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.