Author: J.T. Ellison
Published: September 5, 2017 by MIRA
Genre: Domestic Noir / Psychological Thriller
Hardcover: 416 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
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.
J.T. Ellison has had much success lately. She’s a New York Times bestselling author who writes domestic noir and psychological thrillers. Lie to Me, which came out a year ago is the first book of hers to come on my radar because I kept hearing such great things about it. It takes a lot for a book in this genre to set itself apart for me, and unfortunatey, this one just didn’t. While I did get caught up in the action in the first part of the book and the last part got very good and twisty, there were parts in the middle that kind of dragged on for me.
The first part is told primarily through the husband’s eye, in present tense and flash backs. All evidence points to the husband having done it, although somehow you know this is too easy. It wouldn’t be a mystery novel if it were that obvious. For those who love this genre, it has everything you need – multiple view points, an unreliable narrator, secrets, lies, betrayal, and a slew of suspects.
“We’re all such good people. Until we’re not.”
I did like the character of Detective Holly Graham and it was fun to root for her. She’s new to the department, but is given detective status to work this case. She’s the only one who thinks this is not a slam dunk “the husband did it” case.
While the short chapters interspersed throughout with the mysterious narrator are certainly intriguing, in my opinion it’s still your standard revenge story. It’s right up there with Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and all the greats of this genre for entertainment value though.