J.T. Ellison’s ‘Her Dark Lies’ Has More Twists and Turns Than A Game of Clue [REVIEW]

Life on a remote Italian island can be both romantic and deadly. (Photo courtesy Canva)

He’s rich. He’s gorgeous. And he can charm the socks off anyone he meets. But when a young woman agrees to be his new bride, will his family’s stunning Italian villa become a loving home or a terrifying tomb? Find out in J.T. Ellison’s new gothic stunner, Her Dark Lies.

Mira Books

Claire Hunter is an artist waiting to be discovered when she meets debonair Italian playboy Jack Compton. Their whirlwind romance seems straight out of a fairy tale, up to the point when she travels to his family’s own private island, Isle Isola, where the Comptons have owned for ages.

Even in the midst of spectacular beauty, Claire soon has the sinking feeling that something is amiss. Perhaps it has something to do with the skeleton that was recently found, the ruined wedding dress, or the cryptic texts.

Then there is the matter of the first Mrs. Jack Compton, a woman whose specter haunts everyone who knew her, and whose untimely death fills Claire with a sense of foreboding.

To complicate things even more, a raging storm plunges the entire island into darkness, and now no one is safe. But who is truly terrorizing the Compton family? And what is the end game? Will Claire be able to figure it all out before she becomes the next wife to die?

I have to say Her Dark Lies is one novel with so many twists and turns, I never knew who did what. Every time I turned a page in this whodunnit another secret was revealed, which totally threw me off my game and kept me guessing straight through to the end!

What I can tell you is that the Comptons are one messed up family, and none of them are truly what they appear. Add to them the beautiful setting, the intricate grounds and labyrinthine passageways within the castle, and the reader is unlikely to forget the heart-pounding danger and deceit hidden inside its many walls.

Her Dark Lies remind me of playing the board game Clue, but with layer after layer of family secrets. If you enjoy reading suspenseful mysteries filled with various plot twists at every turn, you won’t want to miss Ellison’s latest must-read thriller.

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J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels, and the EMMY® award winning co-host of the literary TV show A Word On Words.

With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 28 countries.

Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

Visit the author at JTEllison.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram for more insight into her wicked imagination.

By J.T. Ellison
416 pp. Mira Books. $28.99

Purchase Her Dark Lies direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Harlequin, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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