Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison

32265202-1D65-456F-BC9A-2F74D0ACCE1BLie To Me is a thriller following the lives of Sutton and Ethan Montclair.  The image of a beautiful and perfect couple is shattered when Sutton leaves without notice. She leaves behind all of her possessions and a short note telling Ethan not to look for her. After Sutton has been gone for a few days, and no one has heard from her, Ethan begins to worry that she has come to harm. As the police begin to investigate, all clues are pointing towards Ethan even though he swears he has nothing to hide.  Trying to find of where Sutton is or what has happened to her becomes a very confusing trail of secrets that were never meant to surface.

The premise of this novel sounded very good, however I did not like this book as much as I thought I would.  Let me start with the good:  The writing is well done, and the pace was fast.  This book took off right out of the gate and I really couldn’t put it down.  I was very compelled to find out what had happened to Sutton. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I decided on what I didn’t like about it. The first two thirds of the book built up an angle that never came to fruition.  All of the ‘clues’ that tell the reader what happened aren’t presented until the last third of the book.  Those clues are also being presented as the case is being solved so the reader never gets a chance to try and figure it out on their own.  I have a problem with this: in a thriller I like to be presented with all the facts up front and see if I can figure it out myself.  Lie To Me did not do this. It wasn’t as engaging as other thrillers because of this. And furthermore, I had the feeling that I had read another similar book before.  The twist wasn’t that shocking, I just felt let down when I got to the end.

So I did like the writing and the fast paced nature, but I didn’t like the ending as well as more than half of the book pointing in the wrong direction. I rate this one 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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