Monday, October 9, 2017

Review - Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Date Read: October 8, 2017
Length:  426 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

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.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes 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. J.T. is also cohost of the premier literary television show A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville. Follow J.T. on Facebook or Twitter @thrillerchick.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. Predictability can completely ruin a book, but sometimes it's okay if the author does a great job overall. Not sure I'll pick this one up, though.

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    1. I agree 100%. Predicability in a story can be a tough thing to overcome.

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  2. Seems good, even if you wanted more out of it

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that this did not work for you Carole :( it sounds like it could have been good, but disappointing twists can let a book down

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  4. Well dang, I like twists but I like them more when I don't see them coming. This sounds like it could have been a lot better.

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  5. Eh... it sounds well written, but I do need there to be surprising twists for me to be engaged. Knowing that they are all so predictable is a big turn off for me.

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    1. Just one good surprise along the way would have helped.

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  6. It's too bad about the predictability, it sounded like it would be a really good thriller. But I am glad that you were still able enjoy it.

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    1. I did like the writing of the story but had hoped for a surprise or two.

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  7. That's such a story killer: not feeling anything towards the story or characters one way or the other. Sigh.

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  8. I listened to this, and while I appreciated the twists none of the characters were likable.

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    1. I would agree with your assessment of the characters.

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  9. Predictability is a mood killer, especially when it comes to stories in this genre.

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  10. Nothing is worse than predictability. Sorry it didn't satisfy. But at least you'll give the author another try. :) ~Aleen

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    1. It wasn't bad but I think a few surprises would have made it a lot better.

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  11. I've read another thriller by Ellison but it was part of an established series. It was good and I enjoyed reading it but it's been over a year and I've not picked up anything else by her which I think is kind of telling. I love the sound of this but the predictability definitely sounds like a downer. Maybe if I can get it on audio I'll give it a try.

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    1. I think that if a reader didn't guess the big twists it would be a bit more enjoyable. Audio may be the way to go with this one.

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  12. That's too bad it didn't quite live up to expectations. I do like my twists to be good twists in books like this.

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