Genre: Domestic Thriller
Rating: 4.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaways: A quick-paced page-turner with all the action and drama you could ask for from an author. Must Read!
I picked up Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison on a whim at my local library, and I’m so glad I did! Set in Franklin, Tennessee, Sutton and Ethan Montclair have a seemingly perfect life. Both successful authors, beautiful, and terribly deep in love, from the outside the Montclairs appear to have it all. But their large, Victorian mansion is filled with secrets and torments, ready to turn Sutton and Ethan’s lives upside down. After their baby died unexpectedly, tensions rose to insufferable levels between the two and both their careers fell apart. Now, Sutton has disappeared without a trace, and Ethan emerges as the police’s prime suspect. Did the torments of their tumultuous marriage finally get to Sutton, forcing her to run off? Or did something sinister happen to her in the night?
I went into this novel with low expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of domestic thrillers. But many of them tend to repeat the same motifs, so I’m usually a bit wary starting off a new one.
This novel blew all the other domestic thrillers out of the water.
Lie to Me did not fall victim to the classic domestic thriller motifs. It kept me up at night reading, theorizing. I needed to know every twist and turn so badly (and believe me, there are so many), that I could not put this book down. The characters were intricately developed and the plot structured in such a way to keep you guessing madly just long enough. Ellison makes you suspicious of every character, but still gives you that wow-moment that flips everything you think you knew upside down. Lie to Me is a unique, beautifully written, intricately woven thriller that fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will love and keep on the edge of their seat!