Lie to Me

Lie to Me

by J. T. Ellison

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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: 9781488025143
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 2,740
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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Lie to Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book! I love thrillers but you read so many and you feel the books start to have the same story line. It becomes annoying and you move on to something else. Thank goodness for JT Ellison and Lie To Me! This book sparked my love for thrillers again and in the process have found a new author to love. This book centers around a seemingly perfect couple until the wife disappears mysteriously. The first half of the book is told from the perspective of the husband, Ethan, and the lead detective on the case. The second half is told by his wife Sutton. You find out early on that their marriage is far from perfect and it becomes hard to know who to trust throughout the entie story. Read it! You will not be sorry.
Janet Mcerlean 3 months ago
Anonymous 3 months ago
right now
Anonymous 3 months ago
was trolling through looking for what I could find that was not expensive. read the sample and got hooked. this would have been worth every penny of a 15 dollar buy like most of the ebooks here. couldn't put it down. it too only two long seatings to get through and it was superb. I don't usually read stories like this, being a huge cussler fan but every page kept my attention. awesome twists and wrapped up oh so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her words so vivid you can see this whole novel playing like a film in your head. Absolutely flawless. She's one of the only authors I read constantly! Couldn't imagine not having her books around.
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LeeNCLD More than 1 year ago
Just finished Lie to Me.......WOW!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!! Better than "Gone Girl"...did I say that out loud? Thank you, Thank you. Wow.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year 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.
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
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.
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.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Lie To Me is the story of what happens when a marriage isn't what it looks to be on the outside looking in. Sutton and Ethan Montclair seemed to have the perfect life of being Writers until the death of their baby boy from SIDS changed everything. As Sutton and Ethan grew apart from each other and blaming each other for the death, it takes Sutton to disappear for everybody to realize how far from perfect they truly are. As we learn Ethan's point of view of how things went down with the death of their baby and why Sutton might have left, the police start pointing the finger at Ethan for her disappearance. It comes to a pivotal point in the story when we learn Sutton's side of things that will lead to an explosive ending for this couple with a heart-stopping ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat! I so don't want to spoil much for this book but this book was the most edge of your seat Thriller that has made me love the Thriller genre even more. The way that the chapters go back and forth between Ethan, Sutton and a mystery person that will reveal themselves in the end, was perfect for this story. You get the heartache from losing the baby to the mystery of where is Sutton that everything will reveal itself in the end to only leave you wondering what is gonna happen next!! This was my first J.T. Ellison book but it's not gonna be my last and I so hope that this story continues just to see what happens next! Thank You to J.T. Ellison for making me become a fan of yours from this day forward with this one great book!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways!
BrandeeC More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The narrative voice alternated at just the right times. The hints were all there to come to the same conclusions that occur in the story. It read like a fabulous movie in my head. The short sections were great for savoring the story on my commute. You could read just one or a couple. Savoring it was so much better for me. I didn't want to plow through it too quickly or it would be over. I read a few sections at a time and let it sink in. I love characters who are a blend of good and bad. Perfect people are boring. I cared about Ethan, Sutton and Holly the more I read. Just as New Orleans came to life for me in the pages of Anne Rice stories long ago, Paris is more vibrant and alive for me because of JT's words. Even if I never see it in person, I have vivid images of it in my head. I love that JT took a risk and followed her instincts to write this wonderful book. I am eternally grateful to her husband for taking her on the trip that inspired it all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago