Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review - Showcase Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Those who know me well know that NY Times Bestselling author, JT Ellison is one of my go to authors, someone that I absolutely love everything she's ever written and whose work just keeps getting better and better. I was lucky enough to meet JT when Bouchercon was in St. Louis a few years ago and meeting her again is high on my bucket list. My Goodreads Group have been reading and discussing Lie to Me and having a blast doing it and of course JT has graciously been there right along with us.
If you're a thriller lover and are looking for something a little edgy for your next fall read pick up a copy of Lie To Me.
Enjoy!

ISBN-13: 978-0778313649
Publisher: MIRA
Release Date: 09-05-2017
Length: 416PP
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Overview:
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.



excerpt courtesy JT Ellison ––



LIE TO ME

AN EXCERPT





J.T. ELLISON
LIE TO ME

© 2017 by J.T. Ellison

MIRA Books
a division of Harlequin 225 Duncan Mill Road Toronto, Ontario M3B 3K9 Canada

This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real places are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and events are products of the author's imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form

PROLOGUE

IN WHICH INTRODUCTIONS ARE MADE


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 under- standing to excuse my actions. You’ll say to yourself, “Poor little girl. She couldn’t help herself.” Or, “Can you blame her? After all she’s been through?” Perhaps you’ll even think, “She was born to this. It is not her fault.”
Of course it’s my fault. I chose this path. Yes, I feel as if I have no choice, that I’m driven to do it, that there are voices in my head that push me to the dark side.
But I also know right from wrong. I know good from evil. I may be compelled to ruin the lives in front of me, but I could walk away if I wanted.
Couldn’t I?
Never mind that. Back to you.
Truly, deep down, you are going to despise me. I am the rot that lives in the floorboards of your house. I am the spider  that  scuttles  away  when  you  shine  light  in  my

corner, ever watching, ever waiting. I am the shard of glass that slits the skin of your bare foot. I am all the bad things that happen to you.
I steal things. I kill things.
I leave a trail of destruction in my wake that is a sight to behold, wave after wave of hate that will overwhelm you until you sink to the bottom of my miserable little ocean, and once you’ve drowned I will feed on your flesh and turn your bones to dust.
You’re mine now. You are powerless against me. So don’t bother fighting it.
I hope you enjoy the show.


ETHAN


“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”
GEORGE SANTAYANA


WE FIND A BODY


The body was in the woods off a meandering state road that led into a busy, charming historical downtown. It was completely obscured from view, deeply hidden, under several pine boughs and a thick layer of nature’s detritus. Synthetic clothing was melted to the flesh, making it diffi- cult to tell the body’s race or gender at a glance. Closer investigation showed hair that was long and a curious shade: not blonde, not red, possibly chemically-treated. The left hand held evidence of rings, possibly a wedding set, and so the body was eventually determined as female.
The shroud of melt and bough had not stopped the forever daisy-chain progression of decay. Instar maggots and adult flies delighted in their found treat. A genus party started soon after. Diptera and Coleoptera were evident three days in, paving the way for the coming colonization of Calliphoridae. Though the body was burned beyond ready recognition, the insects didn’t seem to mind; it was simply a barbecue feast to them.


Outside of this natural progression, the body lay undis- turbed for two days. Birds of prey flew in long, lazy circles overhead. Cars drove past less than fifty yards away, drivers unknowing, uncaring, that one of their own lay rotting nearby.
Three Days Gone, a stray but severe thunderstorm knocked free several of the funereal branches, allowing the body to be exposed, pelted by hail breaking through the leafy canopy. The heavy rains wet the ground and allowed the body to sink deeper into the muck, where it canted on its side.
Four Days Gone, the body was ravaged by a starving coyote, forty-two razor teeth shredding everything available.
Five Days Gone, the body disarticulated, the fire and the heat and the wet and the insects and the coyote and the natural progression of things breaking it down quickly and without thought to the effects this would have on the loved ones. The idea of a non-intact body was sometimes more than people could take.
Six Days Gone, they found her.

SOMETHING’S MISSING


Franklin, Tennessee Now


Ethan found the note ten minutes after he rolled out of bed that Tuesday, the Tuesday that would change everything. He came downstairs yawning, scratching his chest, to... nothing. Empty space, devoid of wife.
Sutton always began her morning at the table with a bowl of cereal, a piece of fruit, and a cup of tea and read the paper, scoffing at the innumerable typos—the paper was going under, paying for decent copyediting was the least of their worries. A bowl full of cereal, a glass of milk and a spoon would be laid out for him, the sports page folded neatly by his seat. Always. Always.
But this morning, there was no evidence Sutton  had been in the kitchen. No newspaper, no bowl. No wife.
He called for her. There was no answer. He searched through the house. Her bag was in her office, her cellphone,


her laptop. Her license was stashed in her small wallet, all her credit cards present and accounted for, a twenty folded in half shoved behind them.
She must have gone for a run.
He felt a spark of pleasure at the thought. Sutton, once, had been a health nut. She’d run or walked or done yoga every day, something physical, something to keep her body moving and in shape. And what a shape—the woman was a knockout, willowy and lithe, strong legs and delicate ankles, tendons tight and gleaming like a thoroughbred. A body she sculpted to match his own, to fit with him.
Ethan Montclair couldn’t have a dog for a wife, no. He needed someone he could trot out at cocktail parties who looked smashing in a little black dress. And not only looked good, but sounded good. He needed a partner on all levels—physical and intellectual. Maybe it was shallow of him, but he was a good looking man, drew a lot of attention, and not only did he want his wife to be stun- ning, he wanted her to  be  smart,  too.  And  Sutton  fit the bill.
He knew they made a powerful, attractive couple. Looks and brains and success, so much success. That was their thing.
After Dashiell, she’d bounced back into shape like the champion racehorse she was, though later, when their world collapsed, she’d become tired and bloated and swollen with medications and depression, and she no longer took any interest in being beautiful and fit.
That she’d decided to start running again gave him hope. So much hope.
Spirits lifted, he went back to the sunny, happy kitchen and got his own bowl, his own milk. Made a pot of tea,


whistling.  Went  for  the  stevia—no  sugar  for  the  health- conscious Montclairs, no, never.
That was when he saw it. Small. White.  Lined.  Torn from a spiral bound notebook, a Clairefontaine, Sutton’s favorite for the smooth, lovely paper.
This... thing... was incongruous with the rest of their spotless kitchen. Sutton was above all things a pathological neatnik. She’d never just leave something lying about.
All the happiness fled. He knew. He just knew. He’d been all wrong. She hadn’t gone running.
He picked up the note.

Dear Ethan,
I’m sorry to do this to you, but I need some time away. I’ve been unhappy, you know that. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Forgive me for being a coward. Forgive me, for so many things.
Don’t look for me. S

She was gone.
He felt something squeezing in his chest, a pain of sorts, and realized that his heart had just broken. He’d always thought that a stupid, silly term, but now he knew. It could happen, it was happening. He was being torn in two, torn to shreds. No wonder there were rites warning against this
What  therefore  God  hath  joined  together,  let  not  man  put asunder.
God was ripping him apart in punishment, and he deserved it. He deserved it all.


He didn’t cry. There were no tears left for either of them to shed.
He put the note down carefully, as if it were a bomb that might go off with the wrong touch. Went to their bedroom. Nothing seemed out of place. Her brush, her makeup case, her toothbrush, all lined up carefully on the marble. Her suitcase was in the closet.
He went back downstairs to her office, at the back of the house. Doubled checked.
Her laptop was on her desk.
Her cellphone was in the charger.
Her purse was on the floor next to her chair.
Her wallet inside, the smiling DMV photo that made her look like a model.
Like a zombie, he moved back to the kitchen. He opened the refrigerator and got out the milk. Poured cereal in the bowl. Dropped the stevia into his tea. Sat at the empty table, stared at the spot where his wife’s head should have been.
What was he supposed to do now? Where could she be? He ran through the possibilities, the places she loved, discarding one after another. Surely he was wrong in his thinking. Surely she’d simply run away, to one of her friends. That’s where she’d gone. Should he call Ivy and see if Sutton was camped in her kitchen, instead of his? Should he give her some time, and space, like she asked?
She left without her things, Ethan. Sutton’s lifelines are her laptop and phone. It’s her office, her world.
A dawning realization. Sutton hadn’t shaken the depres- sion, not completely. She was still prone to fits of melan- choly. She might have done something stupid, crazy. She’d tried once before, after... Oh, God. Her words. Perhaps she was telling him exactly what she’d done.


I’m a coward. Forgive me. Don’t look for me.
He threw the bowl of cereal across the room. “Bloody fucking hell. You selfish, heartless bitch.”





ALSO BY J.T. ELLISON


Standalone Thrillers
LIE TO ME (coming September 5, 2017) NO ONE KNOWS

Lieutenant Taylor Jackson Series
FIELD OF GRAVES WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE
SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH THE IMMORTALS
THE COLD ROOM JUDAS KISS
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ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS

Dr. Samantha Owens Series WHAT LIES BEHIND WHEN SHADOWS FALL EDGE OF BLACK
A DEEPER DARKNESS

A Brit in the FBI Series co-written with Catherine Coulter
THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE THE END GAME THE LOST KEY
THE FINAL CUT



Taylor Jackson novellas
(in anthologies with Erica Spindler and Alex Kava)

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the EMMY Award-winning television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband  and twin kittens.

Join her email list at jtellison.com/subscribe, or follow her on Facebook/JTEllison14, Twitter @thrillerchick, and Instagram @jt_thrillerchick.
My Review

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.
SUMMARY:
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.



Other Works by JT
Taylor Jackson Series #1            Samantha Owens Series #1        A Brit in the FBI Series #1

JT's last Stand Alone Thriller



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Meet JT:
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.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the excerpt and this does look really good!

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  2. I like Mira books, they find good ones

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    1. very true Blodeuedd, Mira is one of my favorite publishers

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  3. While not a big thriller reader I will read ones like these, that have that did he or didn't her theme going through it. Interesting!

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    1. very interesting and while its dark I think you would like it Kathryn

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  4. I have heard great things about this book. Thanks for sharing.

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