Author : J.T. Ellison
Title : Lie To Me
Pages : 416
Publisher : HQ Digital
Publication date : September 5, 2017
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?
As a fan of the Taylor Jackson series, I was incredibly excited to learn that J.T. Ellison had written a stand-alone psychological thriller. Now it’s no secret that that genre and I have somewhat of a rocky relationship. But I had faith in this author as she’s never let me down before and I’m glad to say I wasn’t at all disappointed.
Sutton Montclair disappears, leaving a note for her husband, Ethan, telling him not to look for her. But friends get involved and start pointing the finger so Ethan informs the police. It soon becomes clear Sutton and Ethan’s life wasn’t as perfect as they made it out to be. Did Sutton leave out of her own free will? Was she murdered? If so, did her husband do it or is he being set up? So many questions, very little answers.
Prepare yourself for lots of twists and turns right up until the very end, a healthy dose of intrigue and suspense and characters you’d love to hate. The first half of the story is told by Ethan, the second by Sutton. This is where you start to try and piece together the pieces of the puzzle, or their marriage. I say “try” because Ethan and Sutton are both writers and while their jobs give a great insight into the industry, you’re also left with this niggling feeling of not quite knowing who to trust. After all, they make their living by making things up and I had no idea who, if anyone, was telling the truth.
I’m not going to talk about the plot as there’s really no way to without spoiling things. Suffice to say it’s utterly absorbing, compelling and unputdownable. Even though I had an inkling as to what may be going on, I was still glued to the pages desperate to get to the truth and wondering why all of these things were happening.
This truly is domestic noir at its finest and I highly recommend it! I very much look forward to more from J.T. Ellison.
Lie To Me is available for purchase now.