Monday, September 25, 2017

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison | Review, Giveaway & Blog Tour #TCBookTours

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison
Published: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 426
Received: from publisher via TLC Book Tours for honest review
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They built a life on lies

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems 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've been on a mystery/thriller kick lately and Lie To Me did not let me down. The story of Ethan and Sutton is one of a perfect looking life - one of privilege, successful writing careers and the love everyone is jealous of, or so it seemed. Then one day Ethan is blamed for her disappearance, but it's not all it seems. One minute you think he did it, then you don't - the story has you flip flopping the entire time. There are so many facets to their lives and not everything is revealed at first. Ethan doesn't tell the police everything, he hides things that he thinks will make him look guilty (which only makes him look worse). 

Honestly, I can see why Sutton could have just disappeared - her life was a hot mess. Her husband had an affair, she got pregnant when she didn't really want children, fell in love with her baby and then lost this little love, had a career meltdown and a stint in the psych ward. Pretty sure I'd want to get away from everything even for a little while. So it's easy to say she just left for some space, but when you realize she left everything behind including wallet, phone, laptop, clothes - something just isn't adding up.

The story is told mostly from Ethan's POV with some flashbacks of Sutton's. The two contradict each other so you never really know for sure what to think. Ethan had an affair, drinks too much and can't write a word lately. Sutton hides things from him as well including her accomplishments in writing and she only lets certain people know details of her life - almost hiding things on purpose. It makes you wonder what she's hiding. There is a third narrator whom is anonymous until the end and adds to the suspense of the story with their bitterness and chilling narration that makes you curious and turn the pages even faster in hopes of discovering their identity.

Of all the characters in the book, my favourite was the cop, Holly Graham. She's trying to become a detective and this is her first case to prove she has what it takes. I love that she doesn't jump to conclusions and takes her time weighing the evidence and not letting anything cloud her judgement. I think her character is what helps tie the story all together and keeps you grounded. 

Overall, I can see why this book is compared to Gone Girl, but I feel like it deserves to be recognized on it's own. It most definitely is a psychological domestic noir story and filled with some great thrills and twists. I'll definitely be checking out more from J.T. Ellison.

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 literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. 


Excerpt Tour for LIE TO ME:

Monday, August 21st: Novel Gossip
Tuesday, August 22nd: Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, August 23rd: The Book Diva’s Reads
Thursday, August 24th: Broken Teepee
Friday, August 25th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, August 28th: Books and Spoons
Tuesday, August 29th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, August 30th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, August 31st: Books a la Mode
Friday, September 1st: Moonlight Rendezvous

Review Tour for LIE TO ME:

Monday, September 4th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind
Tuesday, September 5th: Clues and Reviews
Tuesday, September 5th: Books & Bindings
Wednesday, September 6th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, September 7th: Why Girls are Weird
Friday, September 8th: Novel Gossip
Monday, September 11th: That’s What She Read
Monday, September 11th: Tome Tender
Tuesday, September 12th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, September 13th: Buried Under Books
Thursday, September 14th: Girl Who Reads
Friday, September 15th: Mama Reads
Friday, September 15th: Book Nerd
Monday, September 18th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, September 19th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, September 20th: Jathan & Heather
Thursday, September 21st: Blogging with A
Friday, September 22nd: The Book Diva’s Reads
Monday, September 25th
Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, September 25th
Suzy Approved
Monday, September 25th
Snowdrop Dreams
Tuesday, September 26th
Read Love Blog
Tuesday, September 26th
Staircase Wit
Wednesday, September 27th
Becky on Books
Thursday, September 28th
A Bookworm’s World
Friday, September 29th
Thoughts on This ‘n That


  1. Thank you so much for featuring LIE TO ME! It's an honor, and I really appreciate it. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book – no lie! ��

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Truly enjoyed your writing!

  2. I'd like to enter this contest. But I don't tweet. Is there some other way for me to enter? I follow TLC Book Tours both on Facebook and by email. I follow snowdrop dreams on both Facebook (Beth Vollbach) and goodreads (Beth Ann).

    1. HI Beth.i made this one a Twitter only giveaway, but there are many other stops on the tour that are hosting giveaways for this book too if you'd like to check them out. I'll take this into consideration for my next giveaway to be sure to add other options for entering.

  3. Wow, I think I'd want to voluntarily disappear from that messed up life as well. I'm very interested to find out what actually happened to her though!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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