Where All the Dead Lie: A Thrilling Suspense Novel

Where All the Dead Lie: A Thrilling Suspense Novel

by J. T. Ellison

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In her showdown with the murderous Pretender, a bullet taken at close range severed the connection between Taylor's thoughts and speech. Effectively mute, there's no telling if her voice will ever come back. Trapped in silence, she is surrounded by ghosts—of the past, of friendships and trusts lost...of a lost faith in herself and her motives that night.

When Memphis Highsmythe offers Taylor his home in the Scottish Highlands to recuperate, her fiancé can't refuse her excitement, no matter his distrust of the man. At first, Memphis's drafty and singularly romantic castle seems the perfect place for healing. But shortly the house itself surrounds her like a menacing presence. As Taylor's sense of isolation and vulnerability grows, so, too, does her grip on reality.

Someone or something is coming after Taylor. But is she being haunted by the dead…or hunted by the living?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488030376
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/17/2017
Series: A Taylor Jackson Novel , #7
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 47,360
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

J.T. Ellison is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville's premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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Scotland
The Highlands
Dulsie Castle
December 22

Dear Sam,

There is a moment in every life that defines, shapes, transcends your previous spirit, molding you as if from newborn clay. It's come for me. I have changed, and that change is irreversible.

Sam, there's no doubt anymore. I'm losing my mind. The shooting is haunting me. The horror of your loss, of who I've become, all of it is too much. I'm not sure how much longer I can stand to go on like this, trapped under glass, trapped away from everyone. I'm lost.

The walls here speak. Disconcerting at times, but at others, it's a comfort. The ceilings dance in the candlelight, and the floors shimmer and ripple with my every step. I escape out of doors, and when I do, all I find is fog, and mist, and lumbering sheep. Cows with gentle, inquisitive eyes. The dogs have a sense of humor. But you can tell they'd turn on you in a second. I've known people like that.

The deer are patient, and sad, resigned to their captive lives. The crows are aggressive. The seagulls act foolish, and there's something so wrong about seeing a soaring gull against the mountainous backdrop. The chickens are huge and fretful, the grouse are in a hurry. The mist settles like a cold shawl across the mountain's shoulders, and the road I walk grows close, like it's planning to share a secret.

Above all, there is no one. And everyone. I feel them all around me. All the missing and the gone. I can't see them, except for late at night, when I'm supposed to be asleep. Then they push in on me from all sides, stealing my breath. The room grows cold and the warnings begin.

It strikes me that I'm surrounded by doctors, yet no one can help. I have to find the strength from within to heal. Isn't that what they always say, Physician, heal thyself? I shall amend it: Lieutenant, command thyself.

Sam, please, forgive me. It's all my fault. I know that now.

In moments of true peace: outside by the statue of Athena, looking over the gardens, watching the animals on the grounds, I feel your sorrow. I finally understand what you've lost. I've lost it, too. I don't think there's any coming back. I don't think there's any room for me in our world anymore.

There's something wrong with this place. Memphis's ancestors are haunting me. They don't like me here.

I did the best I could. I messed everything up, and I don't know if I can fix it.

Hug the twins. Their Fairy Godmother loves them. And I love you. I'm all done.

Taylor


Taylor slammed the laptop shut. Nauseous again. Pain built behind her eyes. A demon's hammering. Her only recourse was to lie down, lids screwed shut, praying for the hurt to pass. Percocet. Another. The pills they provided had stopped working. Nightfall signaled her brain to collapse in on itself, to allow the doubt and pain to rule. Weakness. Mornings brought safety, and courage.

Her mind was made of hinges, pieces that held imaginings she didn't want to acknowledge. If she did, the demons overtook her thoughts.

Defying the headache, she stumbled to the window, stared out at the mountains. Darkness enveloped their gentle curves. Bitter snow reflected the outline of the massive Douglas firs. Completely desolate. Private. Perfect for her to hide away, in the wilds of Scotland, pretending to the world that she was fine, just visiting for a time, on holiday, as the Brits around her liked to say.

She'd run away from the people who knew the truth about her situation—Dr. Sam Loughley, her best friend, and Dr. John Baldwin, her fiance. She'd even managed to push away Memphis Highsmythe, a friend who wanted more from her than she was willing to give.

She brushed her hair off her shoulders and leaned against the window. The cool glass felt good on her temple. The small, puckered scar, another battle wound, nearly healed. Even the pinkish discoloration was beginning to fade. She no longer bore the blatant stigma of the killer known as the Pretender, at least on the outside. He'd stolen something from within her though. Something precious she didn't know how to retrieve.

Now she was only half a woman, half herself. A crazy little girl shut up in a castle, too tired to play princess anymore.

Movement over the mountains. The storm was changing. Gray clouds billowed down into the valley, nestled up against the loch, and opened. Stinging ice beat a merciless tattoo on the ground.

Her heart beat in time with the sleet, the pounding as insistent as a knock on the door—over and over and over—and the grip of the pain became too much to bear. The migraine overwhelmed her. The heavy Victorian-era furniture in her room was coruscating, beginning its nightly danse macabre.

Defeated, she pulled the curtains, went to the bathroom. Dumped two of the thick white Percocets in her palm and swallowed them with water from the tap. Hoped that they'd help.

Back to the bedroom. She saw her laptop was open. She'd been online? She shouldn't have had so much to drink. She was feeling sick again. The drink, the drugs, the pain, it was all jumbling together.

The truth.

Shadows heavy as blankets swathed her body, nipped at her bare feet. She made her way to the bed by rote, lay down on the ornate spread, and gave in to the pain, the fear, the gut-wrenching terror that filled her night after night after night. The only things she could see were the dancing lights that shimmered off her brain, and the pearly outline of the ghost who'd come to tuck her in. She closed her eyes against the intrusion. Perhaps it would leave her alone tonight.

No.

It was here.

She felt its chilly caress slide against her cheek, its slim finger moving across her forehead, stopping at last to trace the bullet's entry wound. The scar burned cold. She would not move, would not call out in fear. The thing loved her terror, and this, this moment of abomination, when the ghosts of the past and present mingled in the very air she breathed, this was the one moment when her voice came back full and true.

She'd made the mistake of screaming the first time it touched her, and would not give it that joy again.

The chilled path moved lower now, to the long-healed slash across her neck. She wouldn't be so lucky the next time. The touch was a warning. A sign.

And then it was gone. She let the throbbing wash over her and wept silent tears.

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Where All the Dead Lie 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want more taylor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I worked 12 hrs last night and started this before going to bed. I thought reading for 20 minutes would help me unwind. BUT I couldn't put the book down! What a great read. There is nothing missing from this book. I love all of JT's books though I think this is her best one. I couldn't believe I had missed this one. Probably wishful thinking her newest one is due out soon. Gonna check right now. Thanks JT!
TerriAnn15 More than 1 year ago
"Where all the Dead Lie" by JT Ellison: Taylor Jackson is a steadfast Nashville homicide detective with a spine of steel, who has never met an obstacle she couldn't overcome. Taylor feels the need to get away and goes to her friend Memphis' castle in England. While there, she finds herself stranded during a blizzard. Memphis is away on a case and not long after he leaves, she discovers someone is trying to get her out of the way. There are many players in this game of who-dun-it, and no one is what they seem. The guilty choices: Memphis, castle owner and the man in lust with Taylor, but still nursing a broken heart over his wife Evan's "death." Trixie, the maid who's always ready with a spot of tea-drugged tea? Maddee, the psychiatrist friend of Memphis, who "only wants to help." Or, maybe after being shot and almost killed by the serial killer, 'The Pretender,' hasn't only left Taylor mute, but crazy. With help from the outside via her cell phone, computer, her fiancé John-also a detective-and her friends Sam and Lincoln, Taylor finds information on everyone involved that leads her to believe not only has she placed her trust in the wrong people, but she is most definitely in mortal danger. Taylor eventually finds a couple of allies inside the castle to help until John arrives. Lucky for Taylor, he was on the trail of a missing co-worker and winds up in Amsterdam, much closer to her than Nashville. I have to say, when I first started reading this book I thought I would lose my mind half-way through. Ellison had stories inside her story and none of them were culminating, but.I read on. It was well worth the wait! Every story she had going came together in one dramatic, fantastic, exciting, sitting on the edge of my seat climax! I loved this book! The ending-I won't ruin it-was superb. Ellison brought the English language to a new high. I was duly impressed. Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of "Morning Menace" & "Medieval Menace"
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
If you like Daphne du Maurier's classic REBECCA, you'll enjoy WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE by J.T. Ellison. While Ellison's novel may have shadows of REBECCA, it's in a world of its own with unique twists and turns to keep you wondering. Not having read any of the prior books in this series, I can honestly say new readers will have no problem keeping up in this 7th installment of the Taylor Jackson series. While this story is built on the outcome of a prior book, there is enough background given. In fact, not knowing all the details of the prior case added extra mystery for me. A good portion of the book is told from the thoughts of the main character, Nashville (TN) homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson, who has lost her speech. The author does a wonderful job of putting the reader in Taylor's place. The reader feels the frustrations of being unable to speak while having much to say. Taylor is recovering after a terrible case left her shot in the head, a fellow officer's eye mutilated and her best friend kidnapped and tortured causing her to lose her unborn child. Left unable to speak, Taylor feels guilt and pain from the ordeal. With her own demons closing in, Taylor accepts the offer of Memphis Highsmythe to visit his ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands. She goes despite the concerns of her fiancé. As the story unfolds from there readers will find themselves wondering if Taylor is losing her mind or if someone is out to get her by driving her mad. While you may figure out who is behind the troubles, there are still some surprises in store at the end. Joyce Bean does a beautiful job of narrating this suspenseful tale. She brings Taylor's confusion and fears to life. WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE is a good mix of suspense, mystery and a little Hitchcock-style intrigue on the side. A perfect book for anytime but especially on a cold, rainy night as the wind howls outside. Pull the covers up, settle in and get lost in Taylor's mind. Where All The Dead Lie by J.T. Ellison, A Taylor Jackson Novel, Read by Joyce Bean, Brilliance Audio, @2011, ISBN: 978-1611063035, Unabridged, 9 Discs, Listening Time: 10 Hours 15 Minutes FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE" BY J.T. ELLISON Amazing, amazing, amazing! This book pulled me right in and kept a firm grip on me all the way through. The story has so much to offer, at least 3 different mysteries that lead to a grand finale of one so in depth you'll never believe it! J.T. Nelson is a fantastic writer and after this I will be looking up more of their work. You don't want to miss this one and trust me, around this time of the year this is one that will keep you on edge and keep you so wound up you'll want to scream! Taylor is just starting to piece her life back together after taking down a serial killer know as the "Pretender." Having been shot in the head and at the door of death, she makes a remarkable recovery and decides to take a trip to Scotland to spend some alone time in a friends castle. She soon starts seeing things that lead her on a journey not only to find her voice again, but to find out the truth about what happened to her friends wife. In the meantime her fiancé' and best friend are dealing with their own criminal investigations, all on a smaller scale but just as equally exciting! Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, there is no doubt you will enjoy it! Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud
Jill_James More than 1 year ago
Taylor Jackson has seemed like she can bounce back from anything, but a bullet to the head would stop most people. Taylor returns in Where All The Dead Lie recovering from her wound, her friends in pain after the attack of a serial killer, and Taylor without her voice. Recuperating at a friend's home would seem perfect if Taylor wasn't worried about losing her sanity and her life, not knowing who is really a friend and who is an enemy. Loved every lost hour of sleep to finish this book.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Taylor was shot in the head on her last case. In a coma for 2 weeks. She still doesn't have a voice. They won't let her be a cop till she gets well. She is angery at Baldwin her fiance who works for the FBI for keeping a secret that he has a son and is looking for him. She feels guilty for not saving Sam's baby and her sargent eye and girl friend. Memphis is a detective who lives in London who is in love with her, offers her to live in his house in Scottland to heal. He also has a friend who can work with her to help her get her voice back and get over the last case. Baldwin has been called out of town on a case. So Taylor takes Memphis up on the offer. His old house ends up to be a castle with 17 bedrooms complete with ghosts. Memphis likes Maddie his dr. friend at first her therapy working. Then Taylor has nightmares and sees ghost and takes too many pills. Not sure what is real or not. Learns that Memphis wife died 1 year ago and he took her to the bridge and kissed her where the accident happened. Its a little different from her other stories not so much detecting as coping with trauma of last case. enjoyed it. I was given the ebook in exchange of honest review.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE" BY J.T. ELLISONAmazing, amazing, amazing! This book pulled me right in and kept a firm grip on me all the way through. The story has so much to offer, at least 3 different mysteries that lead to a grand finale of one so in depth you'll never believe it! J.T. Nelson is a fantastic writer and after this I will be looking up more of their work. You don't want to miss this one and trust me, around this time of the year this is one that will keep you on edge and keep you so wound up you'll want to scream! Taylor is just starting to piece her life back together after taking down a serial killer know as the "Pretender." Having been shot in the head and at the door of death, she makes a remarkable recovery and decides to take a trip to Scotland to spend some alone time in a friends castle. She soon starts seeing things that lead her on a journey not only to find her voice again, but to find out the truth about what happened to her friends wife. In the meantime her fiancé' and best friend are dealing with their own criminal investigations, all on a smaller scale but just as equally exciting! Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, there is no doubt you will enjoy it!Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud
dhaupt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As Taylor recovers physically from the injuries she sustained at the hands of the ultimate madman serial killer known as the Pretender (So Close The Hand of Death) she finds her mental health not healing as well. She fights between feeling betrayed by Baldwin¿s secrets to quilt over the harm to Sam and other¿s she believes she¿s responsible for. She¿s been offered solace from a place she¿s not sure she should trust, but it¿s either run to Memphis Highsymthe or run screaming from all her demons. With more reasons to go than to stay she finds herself on the bonnie Scottish shores only to find more than she bargained for in more ways than one. JT Ellison knows how to keep her audience not just perched on the edge of their seats but nearly falling off them from the tension. We¿ve seen the ultimate warrior and strong Taylor in the past and now we¿re exposed to a very vulnerable, and much more insecure side. Her story line is exquisite as she shows us her talent front and center where she deals with the ghosts that haunt Taylor and at the same time slipping in another all together different unbelievable plot point that JT is such as expert at. Her characters all deserve awards and not only the good guys because her bad guys could go into the Hall of Fame of evil doers. Her dialogue always impresses me but she goes above and beyond in that aspect too and as you read the novel you will see the not so subtle changes from the US to the UK speak she uses, in fact I can almost hear that Scottish Brogue rolling off the characters tongues. Taylor is the ultimate complex character and one that after all these years I¿ve never tired of and with Baldwin as her counterpoint they steal the show.Fans of Lisa Gardner and Lisa Jackson will love this series, these characters and this phenomenal author. If this is your first journey with Taylor it does okay as a stand a lone but the backstory is especially important to this novel and reading the previous in the series will answer the many questions that you¿ll have. JT thanks once again for shortness of breath, pounding heart and racing pulse, I¿m never the same after finishing one of your books, but that¿s a good thing.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taylor was shot in the head on her last case. In a coma for 2 weeks. She still doesn't have a voice. They won't let her be a cop till she gets well. She is angery at Baldwin her fiance who works for the FBI for keeping a secret that he has a son and is looking for him. She feels guilty for not saving Sam's baby and her sargent eye and girl friend.Memphis is a detective who lives in London who is in love with her, offers her to live in his house in Scottland to heal. He also has a friend who can work with her to help her get her voice back and get over the last case.Baldwin has been called out of town on a case. So Taylor takes Memphis up on the offer. His old house ends up to be a castle with 17 bedrooms complete with ghosts.Memphis likes Maddie his dr. friend at first her therapy working. Then Taylor has nightmares and sees ghost and takes too many pills. Not sure what is real or not. Learns that Memphis wife died 1 year ago and he took her to the bridge and kissed her where the accident happened.Its a little different from her other stories not so much detecting as coping with trauma of last case. enjoyed it.I was given the ebook in exchange of honest review.
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taylor Jackson is more than a police officer. But being not only an officer but a leader has become more to her than she realizes. Taylor faces her inner demons while recuperating from a recent gunshot wound in Where All the Dead Lie by J. T. Ellison.Taylor is almost completely recuperated from her physical trauma, but emotionally she is still wounded. She experiences guilt and shame that she wasn't there in time to save her friend from the torture that resulted in her miscarriage. She bears guilt that she couldn't foresee that the last madman she hunted, The Pretender, would dare go after her friends and coworkers. Taylor is also feeling quite a bit of anger and jealousy after finding out that her fiancé, John Baldwin, fathered a child with one of his former coworkers. Admittedly the child was put up for adoption and John was never notified of the pregnancy or birth, but Taylor resents the mere idea that he slept with that woman. Now when she is at her most vulnerable, she is unable to even voice her anger, shame or sorry. Is it just post-traumatic stress disorder that has taken her voice away or is it much more?In an effort to deal with her swirling emotions, Taylor knows she must get away for a while. Enter James "Memphis" Highsmythe with an offer for Taylor to visit his ancestral home in Scotland. He assures her that he will not be in residence and that she can continue her recent therapy with a family friend's wife. Taylor knows that Memphis has a "thing" for her and their flirtation has been benign up til now, but will it continue to be benign given her current emotions? Taylor goes off with, more or less, John's blessings, to Scotland to rest and fully recuperate. But has she gone from the frying pan into the fire? While she deals with her inner demons, she fears that she is losing touch with reality. Can Taylor handle the demons of her past while fighting the demons in her present? Are these present demons a figment of her imagination or is she once again in danger? Ms. Ellison has presented a somewhat softer and definitely more fragile and introspective Taylor Jackson in Where All the Dead Lie. I felt true sympathy for all that she is going through but has difficulty giving voice to as she heals. Taylor relies more on John because of her injuries while she also tries to push him away. She knows that she loves him, but she has that twinge of jealousy over his previous "relationship." She is also conflicted over her emotional attachment to Memphis. The conflicts in this story are at the forefront of each relationship Taylor must reflect upon and deal with: her friendship with Sam, her romance with John, and her friendship/flirtation with Memphis. I'm glad to report that the kick-butt, take charge Taylor emerges at the end. She has suffered unimaginable horrors, physically and emotionally, and emerged a stronger person. Ms. Ellison provides a series that gets better with each installment, and Where All the Dead Lie is no exception. This is a great fast-paced suspense read.
marcejewels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my blogJT Ellison is a great author when writing about serial killers. This is book 7, the end story of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed So Close the Hand of Death and feel like these 2 read together complete a great story. I found this one to be very different from what I expect of JT, no serial killer involvement, only the after affects of almost dying from the hands of one. Initially I felt the book was all over the place, was it a mystery, romance or ghost story. I find many story lines are intertwined and create the perfect puzzle but this one felt odd to me. Then, we get the heart pounding race to the end, total edge of your seat greatness. The book went from an almost 3 to immediate 4 star for me, a great Psychological Suspense read. JT may have went for playing with the readers mind with not allowing us to know where it was going but I have to say I don't think it was executed well but it was greatly pulled together at the end. Sam was dealing with Post-traumatic stress disorder and the way the counselors assisted her was extremely interesting and set the scene in many ways. I did enjoy not knowing what was reality or possible hallucinations. Quotes I enjoyedAt least Sam was getting a chance to heal; her wounds were hidden, on the inside. Taylor had to parade around town with her scars, and without her voice.This was what she wanted, right? For him to apologize. To offer to make things right. They were better as a team. Together they could conquer anything. But apart, they were two lonely icebergs, drifting silently toward a certain doom.She felt the nimble touch again, more familiar this time, then it stopped and she was able to breathe and then sit up. She turned on the light, hands at her throat, gasping for air. Her heart was pounding out of control.. What in the hell had just happened?
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Great Reading "Where All The Dead Lie" looking forward to more of the "Taylor Jackson Series!!!!
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The Taylor Jackson series started out so well, but the last two in this series were just over the top with unbelievable events and problems.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
As this newest entry in the Taylor Jackson series opens, although the serial killer whose death ended the last book, “So Close the Hand of Death,” is no longer around to continue his terror campaign, his legacy is very much alive: Both Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her closest friend, medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens Loughley [“Sam”] are still traumatized by the events which led to his death at Taylor’s hand, one month earlier. [The two women’s jobs are described by the author thusly: “Taylor protected the living inhabitants of Nashville; Sam uncovered the secrets of its dead.”] Taylor suffers from a combination of PTSD and guilt, in addition to the aftermath of the gunshot to the head which she sustained, following which she was put in a medically induced coma and then didn’t waken for another week; Sam had been horribly tormented and brutalized. The series should probably be read in order, as there are a lot of backstory references and characters: The mysterious man known as Atlantic, the whole history of The Pretender [the aforementioned serial killer], etc. This book has an unexpected change of venue, from Taylor’s native city to the UK, when her erstwhile suitor, James “Memphis” Highsmythe, the Viscount Dulsie, invites her to spend the holidays in his castle [yes, ‘castle!], to help her recover from her emotional, physical and psychic wounds. Since she is experiencing some unexpected ambivalence in her relationship with Dr. John Baldwin, to whom she is now engaged - - some friction has developed over an issue having to do with his son, another part of that backstory - - she decides to accept his invitation. Once Taylor arrives in Edinburgh, she finds that Memphis, a Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, is in the midst of investigating a series of disappearances: three teenage girls have gone missing in London, and he is in charge of the case. Much of the rest of the tale deals with that investigation, as well as Taylor’s attempts at recovery and the complications caused by her relationship with Memphis, a recently widowed man equally mired in grief over his wife’s somewhat mysterious death as with his passion for Taylor. Another well-written and engrossing entry in a terrific series, this one is also recommended.
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