LIE TO ME – JT ELLISON
From New York Times Best Selling Author, JT Ellison, comes her newest novel, Lie to Me which was officially released on September 5th 2017 – and was highly anticipated amongst crime/thriller readers. While staying true to the theme of domestic noir and a psychological thriller, Ellison’s Lie to Me explores the story of two troubled, complex personalities who are intertwined in a complicated relationship with each other. To add to the intensity of the story – an unnamed character narrates a few short chapters, describing their feelings of revenge, and violence leading to wonder who that narrator actually is.
They built a life on lies.
Sutton and Ethan Montclair seem like the perfect couple on the outside, but their life isn’t as amazing as it seems. With finances, personal betrayals, and professionalism, they both love and hate each other.
Suddenly, Sutton disappears.
Ethan ends up being the target of horrible gossip, while friends & family speculate what really happened to Sutton Montclair. Is Ethan behind it? Or is he innocent? Is Sutton the one to blame? Or is she truly the victim?
The intense plot (without giving it away to any potential readers) is an emotional roller coaster to say the least. The story picks up right in the first chapter, and hooks you to the story – and continues to be more intense as the book goes on. The unnamed character who narrates a few chapters throughout the book offers a chilling, and creepy motif in the book. Yes, the extremely good looking, rich couple that is Ethan and Sutton Montclair is a bit far fetched, but Ellison shows that even the seemingly perfect people, can be dark and twisty.
Hands down one of my favourite books of 2017 thus far. Ellison’s writing is brilliant and I love how she was able to offer so much detail in order to really understand the characters in the book. The plot line was well thought out, and at times offered that edge of your seat feeling that won’t allow you to put the book down. I love how in depth, and complicated each character is – they seem to be very troubled and there are so many secrets imbedded in their lives.
Ethan – I love and hate this character. There are times when he is charming, understanding, and loving towards his wife, Sutton. Then, it is like something switches in his mind to be judgemental, aloof, and quite selfish. Despite those characters traits that I associate him with, I do like his honesty with himself and others on who he is as a person.
Sutton – A very interesting character. She is dealing with something traumatic from her past that she keeps as a secret, and has a hard time doing what she wants, but making Ethan happy at the same time. Unlike Ethan who is brutally honest, and quite needy at times, Sutton lies to herself in order to achieve happiness – not for herself, but for others.
Holly – The lead investigator in the disappearance of Sutton Montclair. Holly is sharp, witty, and intelligent, and tries to look beyond what is right there in front of her. At times, she falls into the trap of Ethan’s good looks and charms, but she fights through and tries to find information out of the norm. Holly is a strong female character in the book, and she seems to be the most stable.
If you are a fan of Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, or B.A Paris’ latest book, The Breakdown, then I highly recommend that Lie to Me should be your next read. A cinematic, gripping psychological thriller that explores the length people will go to hide their secrets and appear innocent in the public’s eye.
Get Lie to Me at Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, or your nearest bookstore!
Also, stay tuned for my interview with JT Ellison herself in the next couple of days!