Her Dark Lies by JT Ellison


Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.

From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.

Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…


Thank you Harper Collins/MIRA Books for my copy of Her Dark Lies by JT Ellison in exchange for my honest review.  This title releases March 9, 2021.

A wedding set on a remote island.  

New and old dead bodies piling up.  

Everyone has a secret and anyone could have done it.

It’s no secret that JT Ellison is by far one of my favourite thriller writers of ALL TIME. I discovered her writing almost 4 years ago with her standalone Lie To Me, and have been hooked ever since. I still squeal with the knowledge of every new release. When I heard Her Dark Lies was coming out, I knew I had to have it and cannot thank my friends at MIRA Books for making that happen 😉

And once again, JT Ellison has knocked it right out of the park. Think: REBECCA meets AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. A modern day locked room mystery, the plot of this book was so well-executed from beginning to end and the elements of mystery and suspense were perfectly sprinkled throughout. Such an exciting “whodunnit” that will surely have you gasping right until the end.

In true JT Ellison fashion, the characters in this book are more than just people – they also include the beautiful fictional island of Isola and a lavish Villa owned by the family of the female lead’s love interest. With atmospheric and gothic vibes, the villa and this island truly take on a life of their own, adding to the aura of mystery of the story.

I am so impressed with how this author takes her writing up a notch with each book she writes, trying something new every time. Her standalone books are always fresh and different from each other which makes them even that much more exciting to read. It’s also why she has become an auto read author for me and my most highly anticipated.

I recommend adding this to your TBR if you are a fan of Agatha Christie type suspense, or just looking for your next thrilling read.  I have no doubt it will fly off the shelves in March next year when it officially makes its way into the public domain – so do your shelf a favour and pre-order a copy NOW!

My Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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