Book Review: Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

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Another great read by J.T. Ellison with ‘Lie To Me’ — my book review is below…

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Why This Book 
I selected Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison, when it was available on NetGalley about 3 months ago, after enjoying a prior book by this author. I’m glad I did as it was very engaging and twisty. I chose it this weekend because I am trying to get to a ‘0’ count on NetGalley TBR books and other ARCs so that I can start 2018 with a clean and fresh slate to choose new reads.

Approach & Style 
I read this ~400 page book on my iPad through Kindle Reader over ~5 hours in one day. It is written in third-person POV from a few different character perspectives, including the killer, the husband and the wife. It switches back and forth a few times, but is usually clear and clean when it does.

Plot, Characters & Setting 
Ethan and Sutton, both authors jealous of each other’s work, have been married for a few years despite fighting a lot. They lost a baby a few years ago and there might have been an affair or two, it’s unclear at first. Sutton leaves a note that she needs space and no one should look for her outside their Tennessee hometown; Ethan thinks there is foul play and begins to check with her friends and family. Eventually, he loops in the cops and a full investigation opens. It’s difficult to provide anymore details without giving away the plot, but there are tons of twists involving bloggers, reviewers, friends, family and murders in another country. Nothing is as it seems and you never quite know who to trust.

Strengths 
The cast of characters is varied and diverse. You get a sense of love and hatred from almost all of them. The sub-plots are nicely woven into the overall story. The drama and suspense are at a good level — not too over-the-top, not too weak. The writing style is strong and inviting.

Concerns 
The two main characters aren’t very likable. They both seem to treat each other poorly, which makes readers uncertain about rooting for them. Ultimately, the he said / she said dilemma leaves you thinking at the end that there are a few too many open-ended situations. While some intensity and far-out plot points are necessary to keep the thrills high, there are a few pieces that either fell too short or went a bit too far for me. Not enough to have a problem with the work, but enough to hold it back from being a true stellar read. Overall, it’s a typical twisty thrill ride, but because of solid writing and good characters, I’d recommend it to others as a good read.

Author & Other Similar Books 
It’s very similar to Gone Girl. VERY similar.

Questions & Final Thoughts 
I like these types of books. I turn the pages quickly. I get invested. I like the balance between reality and chaos. The author is a good writer. It’s a definite recommend from me for a quick weekend read, but it’s not the “oh my god you have to read this book” type of situation.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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37 thoughts on “Book Review: Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

    The Cozy Pages said:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Sounds good. I really do enjoy stories told from multiple POVs. Especially mysteries.

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    dtills said:
    November 27, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Looks like a great mystery 🙂

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    Cozynookbks said:
    November 27, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Thanks for reviewing Jay. Do you think I’d like it? You said you recommend it, but it’s not like it wow’d you, so I’m just wondering.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 27, 2017 at 5:27 PM

      It’s hard to say… the author’s writing style is good. But there was a bit more open-ended than I normally like… so if you’re OK with that, then yes, I think it’s got some great elements. If you like a very tidy story, then I’d skip it.

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    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    November 27, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Sounds interesting and I’m jealous over your reading time :). One day in the near future it’s within my stars. I just know it.

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    mistysbookspace said:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    I wanted to do the same thing with my NetGalley. I have 11 books on NetGalley to get through. I added 5 to my TBR for this month and how many do you think I read? I read one. There is no way I am getting all those books read before the end of the year!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 28, 2017 at 7:31 AM

      oh no, only 1!!! I understand. 2018 is almost here, let 2017 go and plan the best way to kick off the new year.

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        mistysbookspace said:
        November 28, 2017 at 8:21 AM

        Yeah I got caught up in all the readathons and everything I was doing that those books took a back seat to all the other books.

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    carhicks said:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:53 AM

    I have read a couple by this author and liked them. I need to try this one. Nice review.

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    Carrie said:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Great review Jay! Good luck with clearing out your TBR too. I don’t think I could ever get my Netgalley to 0, I suffer from series book FOMO. LOL

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      Didi Oviatt - Author said:
      November 28, 2017 at 10:18 AM

      Carrie, I have the same problem! lol I’ve tried really hard to only put stand alone’s on goodreads and stay out of Netgalley for a month or so hoping to shrink the pile some…. It isn’t working out as planned haha

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        Carrie said:
        November 28, 2017 at 8:24 PM

        I don’t think I’ve ever managed to stay out a full week. I try to behave but then when I’ve managed to restrain myself someone posts a five star review for one that I thought about grabbing and it makes me sad I missed it so it ends up on my library list anyway. LOL

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        Didi Oviatt - Author said:
        November 28, 2017 at 10:48 PM

        Lol YES! And then kick yourself for days because you didn’t request it? 😂😂 that’s how I do it too lol

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        Carrie said:
        November 28, 2017 at 11:28 PM

        Exactly Didi! You and I are on the same page. 🙂 Jay should point us towards the Netgalley addicts anonymous group. LOL

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 29, 2017 at 7:02 AM

        Yes I agree but I would have to join you from time to time. We can meet at a Barnes and Noble or a wonderful indie bookstore.

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        Carrie said:
        November 29, 2017 at 9:02 PM

        Well that certainly would be the place to forget our online book requesting obsession but then my bank account would hate me. LOL

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        Didi Oviatt - Author said:
        November 29, 2017 at 9:24 AM

        Haha agreed! 😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 28, 2017 at 8:50 PM

      Thanks. Oh, that’s so true… FOMO. I promised myself, no new NetGalley til 1/1

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        Carrie said:
        November 28, 2017 at 11:27 PM

        If I made that promise I’d cheat and go check Edelweiss for ones I was missing. LOL But I won’t try to fool myself into not clicking this time of year because I also quite enjoy all the holiday reads. 🙂

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Great review! This has been on my TBR for a while and I keep bumping it. I’ve seen quite a few mixed reviews too, so I think I’ll wind up reading it sooner than later, just out of curiosity rather than excitement. Is that weird?

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    December 2, 2017 at 12:04 AM

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