Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Published by Mira Books on September 5, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Pages: paperback, 448
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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.
“You aren’t going to like me very much. Oh, maybe in your weaker moments, you’ll feel sorry for me, and use those feelings of warmth and compassion and insightful understanding to excuse my actions.”
From these very first sentences, Lie to Me had me hooked. Hook, line, and sinker. I did not want to put this book down and, when I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Between the fact that the main relationship centers around two authors, the intense drama, and a multitude of what-ifs, my interest in Lie to Me was piqued very early on and continued throughout. Ellison created an intriguing cast of complex characters that I followed willingly on the adventures they took me on. Less than thirty pages in, I could already begin to see that not everything was as it appeared to be and began guessing at what the truth actually was. As it turned out, one of my guesses was (kind of) right, but that didn’t take away from the roller coaster ride this author took me on.
The ending of Lie to Me is what took this from a full five to a four for me. For the majority of the story, we see characters acting shamelessly for their own good, thinking of themselves before loved ones, and just generally making poor decisions. Although the author wrapped everything up nicely with a bow tied on, the last ten pages or so just felt too… nice. It seemed out of character with the rest of the book.
I hesitate to make this comparison, but Lie to Me gave me distinct Gone Girl vibes. I wouldn’t make a direct parallel between the two as this had its own unique twist on the domestic thriller, but I do think that fans of Gone Girl will also like Lie to Me.