Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lie to Me (Book Review)

Title: Lie to Me
Author: J.T. Ellison
Publication: Mira Books, trade paperback, 2017
Genre: Suspense
Description: 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.

Audience: Fans of novels of psychological suspense

My Impressions: This break out novel was a fast-paced read with lots of surprises and I quite enjoyed it.  The book is told from several different points of view, beginning with Ethan, the slightly narcissistic husband, who wakes up to find his wife missing and becomes the chief suspect behind her disappearance.  Later, we get his wife's perspective on their relationship.  Who is lying?  Is everyone lying?   Will the detective see past the distractions to find the truth?  Although very derivative of Gone Girl (it's not the first and won't be the last) and full of unlikable characters, it was sufficiently unpredictable to hold my interest and, in fact, I stayed up until 2 am to finish it.  I will certainly investigate Ellison’s other books.

About the Author: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison is best known for a series starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and also writes the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.
Source: Thank you to TLC Book Tours and to Mira Books for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.   Please visit other stops on the tour below:

Tuesday, August 29th: Jathan & Heather – guest post, “On a Good Marriage”
Tuesday, September 5th: Clues and Reviews blog and Instagram
Tuesday, September 5th: Books & Bindings
Wednesday, September 6th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, September 7th: Why Girls are Weird
Friday, September 8th: Novel Gossip and Instagram
Monday, September 11th: That’s What She Read
Monday, September 11th: Tome Tender
Tuesday, September 12th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, September 13th: Buried Under Books
Friday, September 15th: Mama Reads
Monday, September 18th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, September 19th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, September 20th: Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, September 20th: BookBub Blog – 12 of the Best Psychological Thrillers Coming This Fall
Friday, September 22nd: The Book Diva’s Reads
Monday, September 25th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, September 25th: Suzy Approved
Monday, September 25th: Snowdrop Dreams
Tuesday, September 26th: Read Love Blog
Wednesday, September 27th: Becky on Books
Thursday, September 28th: A Bookworm’s World
Friday, September 29th: Thoughts on This ‘n That


skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Sheila K.
skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Carol N Wong said...

Sounds very intriguing and I love any book that has me staying up to 2 a.m.


techeditor said...

You and others compare this book to GONE GIRL, which I read. Yes, that was a good book--for the most part. But GONE GIRL was good, not great.

The first part of GONE GIRL is a five-star book, i.e., it is great. Every page of the book builds more and more tension, and it is unputdownable.

But the last part of the book gets silly. And the end: it is as if Flynn couldn't think of an end to the story so just stopped. I think the end should be rewritten.

In other words, GONE GIRL was spoiled. But I've read so many great reviews of LIE TO ME that I'm sure it will be better, and I want to read it.

Therefore, I hope you pick me. :-) Thanks

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

This book has a great storyline with super reviews, I would certainly enjoy reading this book

Marla Bradeen/Paige Sleuth, Mystery Author said...

This book sounds very interesting, as I love psychological thrillers. Thanks for your review and the chance to win a copy!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

JT Ellison said...

Thank you so much for featuring LIE TO ME! It's an honor, and I really appreciate it. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book – no lie! 😘