Title: Lie To Me
Author: J.T. Ellison
Published: September 5, 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Obtained: Public Library
Synopsis: Ethan and Sutton Montclair have the perfect life. Both are successful writers. They have a beautiful house and are madly in love. Until Sutton disappears, leaving a note saying not to look for her. Ethan doesn’t listen to the note, and instead involves the local police. What follows is a story of lies and betrayal, and we all know the truth will set you free.
Lie To Me was the chosen book for Salt Water Reads on Instagram, so I wanted to give it a shot. I’m a huge fan of thrillers, especially those that involve couples. This novel was right up my alley, and I knew it would be the perfect read for me. What I didn’t expect was how twisty and turny it would be. I had a few suspicions in the beginning, but I never could have imagined the ending that the author provided. It was a stunning read, and made me question a lot of things!
When I first started Lie To Me, I had a sense of dejavu. It reminded me so much of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which I absolutely loved. But I knew they were both entirely different.
The setup of the two novels is similar. The first half of the book is follows the past and present of the husband, Ethan Montclair. The second half focuses on the wife, Sutton Montclair. Throughout both narratives, something didn’t feel “right” to me about the crime aspect. Everything fit too neatly together, allowing the police to come to perfect conclusions as to the crimes being committed. Nothing is ever laid out that perfect for the police, so I knew there was more to the story than what was being shown to me.
The Perfect Couple
Ethan and Sutton are experts at maintaining appearances, or so they thought. Theirs was a life of luxury and love, and I felt sucked into their circumstances from the start. When Sutton disappears, I didn’t ever suspect Ethan. I thought that was too obvious a choice, so I went into the story believing in his innocence. Obviously, when the wife goes missing, the husband is always seen as a suspect. There was a lot of damning evidence and witness statements. Many people believed that Sutton was being emotionally and physically abused by him.
But so much of Ethan’s narrative didn’t seem to fit. There was so much in his story that I didn’t trust, and a lot of the witnesses just felt like they were looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. Sutton’s story was the same to an extent, but I don’t want to go into too much detail without giving away too much of the story!
That Super Shady Third Narrator
Various chapters are written in the first person and features an obviously unstable narrator. We don’t know this person’s identity until very near the end, unless you guessed who it was from the start. I admit that I had my suspicions and was right, but there was SO MUCH MORE than just finding out who that narrator is.
It’s this narrator that recites the first line of the novel, which quite literally took my breath away. It’s the most memorable first line I’ve ever come across in any book before!
“You aren’t going to like me very much.”
From this first line, I knew I was in for a roller coaster. It really set up the whole tone of Lie To Me.
I loved everything about this novel. The multiple narratives and shifting timelines weren’t confusing, and the writing style was on point for me. J.T. Ellison helped bring this story to life through her descriptions. I’ve managed to pick up a few more of her books on Amazon; she’s become one of my auto-buy authors! If you’re in the mood for a quick thriller, this is it. You won’t want to put it down!
On an interesting note, J.T. Ellison herself commented on my photos on Instagram and I’m still fangirling!! I love that there’s a platform for authors and readers to talk, and I’m excited to talk about the book with Salt Water Reads! If you’re interested as well, follow @SaltWaterReads on Instagram and login this Wednesday, November 29th @ 7pm for a great discussion.
Memorable Quote: ”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 a light in the 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 hope you enjoy the show.”