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Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller Paperback – September 5, 2017
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"LIE TO ME twists you up, throws you into nail-biting action and unexpected revelations. Belt yourself in for this roller coaster ride."--Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of ENIGMA
"LIE TO ME brilliantly combines a domestic noir thriller with a searing portrait of two writers trapped in a web of lies, betrayals, and murder. Sharply written and masterfully plotted, full of hard truths about the creative life and modern marriage, Ellison has written her finest novel- a breakout page-turner certain to win her a wide audience." -Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of BLAME
"Riveting... a skillfully plotted story that's equal parts mystery, psychological thriller, and cautionary tale. Comparisons to Gone Girl are inevitable....Artful and evocative prose complements the fully fleshed and realistically drawn characters." --Publishers Weekly on NO ONE KNOWS
"Enthralling! Ellison's twisty, turny thriller is my kind of novel; interesting characters, complex plotting, and an ending you'll never see coming. Suspense at its finest!" --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her, on No One Knows
"You think Gone Girl couldn't be topped, try Ellison's web of betrayal, lies and deceit. And wonder..." --Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis, on No One Knows
"Well-developed, multidimensional characters and an exceptionally strong plot... The characters' humanity and the gut-wrenching problems they face in life-and-death situations put Ellison in the top rank of romantic suspense novelists."--Publisher's Weekly on Field of Graves
"A genuine page-turner... Ellison clearly belongs in the top echelon of thriller writers. Don't leave this one behind." -Booklist, starred review, on What Lies Behind
"Exceptional character development distinguishes Thriller Award–winner Ellison's third Samantha Owens novel (after Edge of Black), the best yet in the series."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review, on When Shadows Fall
"Thriller fanatics craving an action-packed novel of intrigue will be abundantly rewarded!" -Library Journal on What Lies Behind
About the Author
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 show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.
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Sutton and Ethan Montclair are the couple who has it all: a gorgeous house, successful writing careers, a growing family. Until their baby dies, their careers explode and their marriage falters. Their new baby dies from SIDS, Ethan has an affair, and Sutton seems to snap when she attacks a fan. At first, when Sutton vanishes, it seems as though the pressure made her take off. But then it starts to look like maybe Ethan had something to do with Sutton's disappearance. But as the book advances, we find that nothing is as it appears.
J.T. Ellison always churns out a good tale, but this is next level. Her writing is top-notch and her story is the perfect blend of suspense, intensity, intelligence and character. Ethan is imperfect, you can almost see him killing his baby or Sutton. But then again, Sutton is icy and controlled - could she have plotted this out to destroy Ethan? Sutton's mother Siobhan is the ultimate in evil stepmother, could she have something to do with Sutton's disappearance?
This book had me hooked from page one, I couldn't put it down. It's a crazy, twisting story that flashes between "then" and now, taking the reader through a roller coaster of mystery and excitement. And, no. It isn't just another wannabe Gone Girl. So good.
There are 2 main characters, Ethan and Sutton Montclair. They are, in appearance to the world, a happily married couple. Both of them are writers and both of them are successful. They are beautiful and seemingly happy. But behind closed doors, there are problems. Every couple have problems, but theirs are tragic. Fueled by alcohol and jealousy, suspicion of an affair that Ethan had and fear that Sutton has come unhinged over their baby's death, it all came to a head one day when Ethan wakes up and finds that his wife is missing.
The first half of the book is told from Ethan's point of view. He shares the story of how they first met and so on. The second half of the book is Sutton's point of view. After awhile, you begin to figure out who really is the mastermind destroying their perfect lives. But the reader will continue to read till she/he reaches the end.
This is a good read. It's perfect for those mystery thrill seekers who love to figure out who did what. It's perfect for that lazy summer afternoon when you just want to sit and read nonstop. It's fast-paced and it will keep you guessing.
Here is the classic picture of perfection to the outside eye. Sutton and Ethan Montclair, of the old-world wealth names have what looks to be the ideal life. They have a lovely house; well established careers in the literary world and best of all a family. Sadly, their baby dies of crib death otherwise known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. The loss of the baby ends everything as they knew it. The marriage crashes and burns and the careers they once counted on keel over. Sutton appears to have a mental breakdown, which was understandable under the circumstances. In time she disappears and all eyes turn to Ethan.
The question is did he have anything to do with her disappearance? Is she still alive? Is there a chance to salvage a marriage that has withstood the worst: the death of a child and extramarital affairs? Does Ethan know anything about Sutton's whereabouts? These are the questions that are screaming for answers. In time, readers learn that things are rarely the way they seem, including the idyllic life and the ideal marriage.
There are some truly unlikable characters in this story. I was not overly fond of Sutton and thought of her as an Ice Queen and I just could not abide Ethan's mother. She made Cruella DeVille and every cliche evil stepmother look like the icon of maternity. Ethan's mother was certainly capable of great cruelty, but would even she go so far as to take a life or engineer somebody's disappearance?
This is a book readers will find hard to put aside as enemies change form and change masks and the conclusion is .... surprising.
The Beatles' classic "Strawberry Fields" could well underscore this book.
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