Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller

Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller

by J. T. Ellison


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Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller by J. T. Ellison

Domestic noir at its best. Readers will devour this stunning page-turner about the disintegration of a marriage as grief, jealousy, betrayal and murder destroy the facade of the perfect literary couple. New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison takes her exceptional writing to a new level with this breakout novel.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330950
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 782
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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 show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

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Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page after page of suspense and excitement! Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was going to a cliched story of a husband/wife duo with a ridiculous plots of deception and lies, turned out to be much more twisted than that! Gripping, well-written, and terribly enjoyable. Thanks for robbing me of my sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down. The storyline was thrilling. It was really hard to like any of the characters though, except for maybe Graham. Spoiler alert....In the end, I couldn't help feeling like really, no serious legal repercussions and everything is just hunky dory. Okay then. I think I would have preferred honestly, a less Hollywood, and more sinister realistic ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This great thriller kept me up several nights until 1 and 2 am A must read! Genius plot with lots of twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different for Ellison, good plot and interesting characters, but I found it hard to get into. In the end I'm not sure I liked any of the characters, but they were interesting.
Frederick_1963 More than 1 year ago
Lies, betrayal, deceit, and maliciously evil manipulation! Devious intrigue, and plot twists, until the very end. A definite page turner, from start to finish!
GratefulGrandma 17 days ago
This is a domestic thriller, that bounces between 3 and 4 stars. When I first started to realize a bit of what was going on in this story, I thought, this is just like Gone Girl. Well, there are some similarities, but with the final twists and turns, truths coming out and the various story lines pulled together, it was no Gone Girl. There were some slow parts in the middle of the book, which dragged it down a bit, but the ending made up for this. I listened to the audiobook of this one and at times, I had to go back and listen to something again. There were subtle pieces of information that I had to make sure I understood. The first half of the story is told from Ethan’s point of view, then the second half switches to Sutton’s perspective. While these two both had compelling stories and strong voices the addition of a third unknown narrator added something downright menacing to the story. This person speaks directly to the reader in a bitter, cruel voice that sent chills up my spine. The chapters were brief, I kept saying I will just listen to one more. I actually stayed up late into the night to finish this book. Most of the story is told in the present but there are times when it flips back to various times in Sutton and Ethan’s relationship that helped to shed light on how they came to be at the awful point they’re at today. Sutton and Ethan are both writers who have had their ups and downs. Unfortunately, that is one os the things that caused their relationship to have difficulties. They were both competitive and jealous and Ethan did not think much of Sutton's type of book. When they were having difficulty in their marriage, Ethan decides that they should have a baby. Sutton did not want a child, but once he was born, she loved him very much. When he tragically dies from SIDS, she falls apart and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. When Sutton disappears, her friends accuse Ethan of doing something to her. Besides this, I am not going to give away anymore of the plot. J.T. Ellison does a wonderful job of taking her readers for a ride. Just when you think you have something figured out, something happens to take you in a different direction. This was an entertaining, dramatic story. It is intelligently crafted and delivered twists and turns right up until the final pages. I am ready to pick up J.T. Ellison's newest book to go on another roller-coaster ride.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Absolutely loved this book, I could not put it down! I was second guessing every other page on what was the truth and what was a lie. Of course it all comes together at the end making you yell WTF?! Do recommend.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
The lies are definitely all over this story. I couldn't tell who was lying and who wasn't between this couple. Then there is someone who you don't know doing some background narration and saying all kinds of things. It was cray, cray. Then when the author lets you in on the narrator of the background . . . YOWZA!! I didn't see that coming. Cray, cray with lots of action and lots of twists, I definitely enjoyed this one. Thanks to Harlequin and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Marla-Bradeen More than 1 year ago
LIE TO ME is an intense look at one woman's disappearance. This suspense novel was a compelling read, although after a while it requires quite a suspension of disbelief. Still, I was intrigued by the look into the starring couple's lives, and the unanswered questions kept me turning the pages. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
A rip-roaring thrill ride! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Are Sutton and Ethan Montclair a so-called normal couple? My word, we can only hope not because they're about as shallow, selfish and generally unpleasant as any two people can be and perhaps the best thing about them is that they're tied to each other, thereby saving two other people from horrible marriages. Once upon a time, this power couple probably cared about each other but even that is doubtful as Ethan admits to himself that he pretty much picked Sutton to be his wife because she looked and sounded good. Still, he is initially sorrowful when he finds her farewell note...until when he realizes she may have done away with herself and his next reaction is intense anger that she did this to him. We don't know much about her yet but, clearly, he has conflicting feelings about her and that makes him just a little more human, more likeable or, at least, worthy of our compassion. Maybe. The fact is, this is a too perfect couple and it's really no surprise that the police would suspect him of harming his missing wife, even beyond the suspicions that naturally fall upon the spouse in such a case. One detective, Holly Graham, isn't so sure and she's about to become intensely important to both Ethan and the absent Sutton. As I followed the story, my emotions were a roller coaster, switching back and forth between sympathy for Ethan and certainty that he's not to be trusted. At the same time, there were musings from someone else who was distinctly unbalanced so was it possible Ethan really was innocent? As the hunt for Sutton intensified, so did the tension and there were moments that were downright creepy and unnerving. When the truth finally came out, all the twists and turns had turned my stomach in knots. Of course, I always find myself up very late at night when I pick up one of Ms. Ellison's books and this is most certainly not an exception. Be prepared to miss a night's sleep ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was decent. For the most part it kept my interest in wanting to figure it the end or try to put the pieces of the puzzle together. From the beginning to the mid way cliffhanger was extremely exciting trying to figure out what’s going on with the story. However, after the mid way cliffhanger was a bit log before returning. In closing a little bit much for one person in proving a point - could have been a little softer. Overall I think it’s a good read if you like mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethan and Sutton Montclair seem to have it all, but behind closed doors there is a lot of tension and they have trust issues. Sutton leaves a note for Ethan saying that she is leaving him and for him not to look for her. Has Sutton left on her own or has something tragic happened to her? Ethan finds it necessary to hire a lawyer, but is he responsible? I found that there were so many characters/narrators that I would just become distracted (the audio perhaps at fault again) and there were some twists that just seemed far-reaching. I just wasn't able to connect with the book and therefore it really didn't work too well for me. Give it a try and see what you think, you may have better luck than I did! There are lots of higher ratings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
" 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." Absolutely fan-freaking-tastic!!! My complete five star review is posted on Goodreads (NurseLisaInOhio) & most of the social networks, but I had to drop by here and post something - what a truly exceptional story by one of my most favorite and admired authors. Just WOW.
4840318 More than 1 year ago
2.5-3 stars I am at a bit of a loss on how to rate and review this book. The 1st half of the book was, without a doubt, a 4 star read for me. I was really invested in Ethan’s side of the story and you never really knew what the truth was. It certainly kept me 2nd guessing everything and the tension and pacing were spot on. Then from 50-75%, was a total snooze fest and I found myself skim reading through most of it. I should also mention at this point, the narrator changed. I would rate this portion of the book 2 stars. Then finally, the last 25% or so started to pick up, pieces started to come together and everything fell into place. The ending was OK, I had some of it figured out, but ultimately, I thought it kind of fell flat and the tension from the beginning of the book was no longer there. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, I suppose I did, as I did finish it and I was thoroughly engrossed in the first half of the book and it even felt a little “Gone Girl-esque” to me. But then it all went downhill from there and I the tension and pace never regained its footing and the ending was not the “big boom” that I like.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but not as much as I had hoped that I would. I decided to read this book after seeing a few really good reviews. I love a good thriller so I decided to give it a try. I decided to take a peek at the first few pages of this book late one night and ended up putting other books aside so that I could focus on this one. Unfortunately, the book became much easier to set aside the further I read. I love a good thriller with a lot of twists and turns. This book takes some pretty ambitious twists that could have been really exciting if I had been even a little surprised. All of the big twists in this story were fairly easy for me to predict and ended up being quite disappointing. I had the urge to set the book aside for a bit whenever there was a bit reveal in the story which was unfortunate. I didn't have any really strong feelings about the characters in this story. I don't think that took anything away from the story though. I think that this is the kind of book that being unsure of the characters actually works well. Ethan and Sutton both had characteristics that were hard to like but understandable because of the things they have been through. This was a very easy book to read. I think that it had a nice overall flow and I found myself reading big sections of the book in a single sitting. I liked the short chapters that kept the pace of the book feeling quite rapid. I thought that alternate perspectives were worked into the story exactly when they were most effective. My biggest issue was the fact that I was really let down with every twist that proved to be very predictable. These usually happened just as the focus of the book shifted and I found myself setting the book aside a little easier. I do think that many readers will enjoy this book a bit more than I did. It is a fast paced story that has quite a few exciting moments. I would definitely pick up more of J.T. Ellison's work in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from HQ Digital via NetGalley.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Lie To Me JT Ellison Ellison’s latest stand-alone thriller is a non-stop who-done-it of epic proportions where the line between villain and victim is thin and at times nonexistent and lies are the ties that bind. With an edgy dialogue and a plot that’s full of surprises and will draw readers in and keep them guessing until the end she weaves her web of deceit, betrayal and death staring a duo of at times dueling husband and wife authors and a villain that’s an enigmatic real piece of work. Her duel timelines are the perfect way to tell the story and her dual settings of Tennessee and Paris add depth to this page turning chiller. The nail-biting storyline and the OMG finish will have readers staying up late to finish this unforgettable, best seller bound, must read. What started as just another day in the life of successful authors Ethan and Sutton Montclair becomes anything but when Ethan finds a note saying his wife Sutton has left, needs space and not to look for her. She didn’t take a thing not her purse, her phone or her laptop so he’s not really sure what to think or what to do. After consulting with several family friends he contacts the police to report her missing and suddenly a bad situation becomes worse when cracks in the foundation of their relationship become visible; motive for murder and fodder for the media. So now not only does Ethan have to wonder where Sutton went but also have a starring role as the villain in his real life mystery. Or perhaps he is the villain.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Lie to Me is New York Time best selling author J.T. Ellison's newest novel. This was a first read of this author for me. The publisher's blurbs describe Lie to Me as domestic noir and I think that's a pretty apt description. Ethan and Sutton are 'the' beautiful couple. Both have successfully published books, they own a gorgeous home and live the lifestyle they both want. And up front, that's what people see and believe. But, a series of tragedies and unfortunate events befall the couple - their young son dies, the words dry up for Ethan, Sutton is attacked online through social media, their finances take a dive and life behind closed doors takes a violent turn. Sutton decides enough is enough. She leaves a note for Ethan asking him not to look for her - and disappears. But has she voluntarily left or has Ethan killed her? Lie to Me opens with a puzzling prologue from an unknown author. It more than hints at dark deeds and destruction. This person appears in italicized entries throughout the book. I was sure I knew who was 'speaking', but was proven wrong. The first part of the book is from Ethan's viewpoint after Sutton goes missing. I have to say - he's a bit of an ***. More than a bit. His actions, thoughts and dialogue all made me dislike him intensely. Is it any wonder Sutton left? But Ellison toys with the reader. She planted enough alternatives and doubts in mind that I really had no idea if Sutton was gone or dead. Ellison employs one of my favourite writing devices, telling the story through a now and then technique. It was the 'then' chapters that had me believing I would know what was actually the truth. And......I was wrong. Part two belongs to Sutton's voice. Her take on things is very different from Ethan's. And my thoughts and conclusions changed again. There was no way to predict where the novel would go. IMO, the 'whodunit' must be taken with a few grains of salt, as I found it a bit far fetched. But, it was inventive and unpredictable and kept me guessing. I really liked the young female cop who investigates Sutton's disappearance. I wonder if Ellison would consider bringing her back in another book? Lie to Me was a fun porch read for me.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, goodness. This book has so many twists and turns and pivots I'm not even sure how much I can say about it. Yes, I liked it. No, I couldn't put it down, especially once I got past the 50% mark and things really picked up. No, I wasn't a huge fan of most of the characters (except poor little Dashiell, and probably Holly...) but I also didn't want the antagonist's plans to succeed, because OMG no one deserved the crazy-a$$ plan that individual had in store for them. Yes, I figured out whodunit pretty early on (okay, okay, so I was guessing--but it turned out to be right!), but no, I didn't have a clue what the motivation was or how it was all being put together. Did I mention twists and turns and pivots? So. Many. There were a few bits toward the end that gave me pause, and at least one question from earlier that isn't quite answered to my satisfaction--hence the four stars instead of five--but overall this was one heck of a read. My first book from Ms. Ellison, but definitely not my last! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethan and Sutton Montclair are both authors. Their marriage began as a good one, but the sudden death of their baby boy, Dashiell, sent Sutton spiraling into depression. The loss of their baby coupled with a social media brouhaha of someone trying to destroy her career has taken its toll on her. With counseling and medication, she appears to be doing a bit better. So, Ethan was shocked the morning he got up to find her gone and a note asking him to not look for her. All of her belongings are at home and none of her friends have any idea where she is. Even her cold mother seems unconcerned about her. When Ethan finally calls the police, Officer Holly Graham, a rising detective is assigned to the case and begins a meticulous investigation. As the husband of the missing woman, Ethan is automatically the prime suspect. When a body is found, the police think they have found Sutton and now they have to find her killer. As the story continues, layers are opened where we learn more about the marriage of Ethan and Sutton, their past, and their friends. Is the body that of Sutton? If so, who killed her? This is a fabulous mystery and one that I enjoyed all the way through. I did not want to put the book down and I highly recommend it. A must read. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quote: My dad’s military, and of Greek descent. He was the one who saddled me with Constantine. No American kid should have more than two syllables in their name. It’s an open invitation to be a target. My Review: Lie To Me was a tantalizing, enthralling, and ingeniously crafted read, I was quickly yanked into a story that wouldn’t let me go, regardless that all the while I couldn’t get a firm grip on the who, where, what, why, or how. The story starts with a body, hidden in plain sight, and in the process of decay. I couldn’t get a handle on whose version of the details was closest to the truth or was even partially trustworthy, who had been killed, how the murder had been committed, why a woman had really left her husband and where did she go? I just knew that a woman was missing and a body was waiting to be found. The characters were mesmerizing, devious, deeply flawed, compelling, and dastardly… or were they? J.T. Ellison is an evil genius and masterfully scribbled an engrossing storyline heaving with a cleverly conniving and alluring cast of characters. More, please!
vkmarco More than 1 year ago
Ethan and Sutton Montclair are successful, prize winning authors who, to all appearances are living the good life. But, all is not as it seems. Is he a monster? Is she? Did their baby really die of SIDS? The novel opens with the discovery of a decaying body in the woods. Sutton has disappeared, leaving a terse note indicating she needs some time away; Ethan shouldn’t look for her. Is the body hers? Written in short segments from three different points of view, the true story of the Montclair’s lives, filled with betrayals, unfolds. The suspense builds; just as the reader thinks s/he has figured out what is going on, more is revealed and there is another twist. This is a well written story that you won’t want to put down.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Ethan and Sutton Montclair seem to have it all. They are both writers, they make good money, have a beautiful home, and they love each other. Or so it seems ... The truth is something entirely different. Ethan had a one night affair, a night he doesn't remember but someone has a picture. They had a child, a little boy, who died of SIDS. They blame each other for his death. They have a life built almost entirely on lies. One morning Ethan comes downstairs, expecting to see his wife fixing breakfast ... but she isn't there. She left a note ... don't try to find me. But then Ethan discovers that his wife left with absolutely nothing .. not her purse, not her phone, not her laptop. Once the police get involved, Ethan becomes the number one suspect and all of Sutton's friends and even her own mother, think he had something to do with her disappearance. And then a body is found. I have read several of this author's books. I can genuinely say that this book has elevated her writing several levels. This is an extremely well written psychological thriller. Ethan tells his side of the story ... but it doesn't match what Sutton has told her friends. Who has lied? And why? There is also a third voice in the mix .... who is this person? The characters are very cleverly written... and not all of them are anyone I would personally like to know. Ethan is a bit controlling, wanting everything his way. He wants a child and he doesn't care if Sutton wants one or not. He switches out her birth control pills and she becomes pregnant. He's rather proud of that. Sutton confuses me at times. She is not without issues, but she's very secretive about her childhood. Sutton's mother is more interested in her daughter giving her a rather generous stipend every month and doesn't seem to be too concerned about her daughter's disappearance. Sutton's friends are varied .. and yet which one do you believe? My favorite character is Holly, the patrol officer who is given the chance to work the case. She's young, she's idealistic, but she's got a real feel for justice. When it comes right down to it, she doesn't think Ethan has done anything to his wife, but the older, more experience boys in blue pooh pooh her thoughts. She's tenacious and she doesn't let them convince her of anything other than what they can prove. So many twists and turns and surprises await the reader at every corner. I absolutely could not put this one down until the very last last page. Many thanks to the author / Harlequin (US & Canada) / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.