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.
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.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.