Review: LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison

Reading time 2 mins

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.

My Rating

Review: LIE TO ME by J.T. EllisonLie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Published by MIRA on September 5th, 2017
Pages: 400
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense, General, Crime
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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.

About J.T. Ellison

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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  1. Charlotte September 13, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Ooooh!!! This sounds like a great book! I’m always on the prowl for a good page-turner and mysteries are my favorite (I’m reading one called the Marriage Pact which sounds kind of similar). Definitely adding this to the GoodReads list!
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    • Karen Blue
      September 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      I saw The Marriage Pact and almost picked it up. I read a pretty spoilery review of it though so even though it sounded good, I already knew how it ended. I hope you get a chance to read this, it was really good. Thanks for checking out my review!

  2. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance September 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I haven’t read this author before but OMG, this sounds amazing. I really need to get a copy sometime.
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  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    September 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I read a book by Ellison last year and absolutely loved it but for some reason her blurbs never really pull me to pick up her books. This review though! I definitely need to get my hands on a copy. It sounds like a fantastic thriller.
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    • Karen Blue
      September 16, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

      It really was a great triller and such a mystery until the very end. I had no idea how it was going to turn out the whole time. Thanks for checking out my review!

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