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.
I seem to be on a roll lately with my reading preferences. I find myself drawn to mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels and today’s book review is about Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison.
Sutton and Ethan Montclair are the couple who seem to have it all – a beautiful home in Franklin, Tennessee, successful writing careers and a growing family. Then their baby dies from SIDS, their careers explode and their marriage falters when Ethan has an affair. Ethan then finds a note left from Sutton that tells him that she needs to leave and not to look for her. Normally this would seem to be pretty cut and dry that Sutton had decided to leave their marriage but Ethan does not believe that to be the case this time.
As the book advances, readers discover that nothing is as it appears in this story. The police get involved and they start looking into Sutton and Ethan’s personal life, their finances and the state of their marriage, and it becomes clear that everything is based on secrets, half-truths, outright lies, and more secrets. It is clear that the characters are morally bankrupt thus making it nearly impossible to find compassion for them.
I thought this story started off well – it was strong and provided readers with many twists and turns. There were also some surprises along the way. The story slowly builds suspense that starts off with an unknown narrator, then the husband narrates and then the narrative switches to the wife, all of which ended up creating tension and suspicion to the story line.
This was a very entertaining and interesting read and was also quick and easy. While I wasn’t totally satisfied with the ending, that might just be my preferences. It’s definitely a book I’d recommend that others read to see for themselves!
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 literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.