Monday, March 29, 2021

Review: Her Dark Lies by JT Ellison

Her Dark Lies
by JT Ellison

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  At the wedding of the year, a killer needs no invitation

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…

Kritters Thoughts:  Claire Hunter is about to become a part of an illustrious family - the Compton family.  They are known for their wealth, their history and for having women/wives that die young.  Claire is going into this marriage a little naive and maybe doesn't have all the information before hading to a remote castle in Italy to marry.  

For me, right off the bat, this book had terrible pacing and within that it felt too long and it dragged on and on.  I was surprised to find out after finishing it, that it was under 500 pages because for me it felt as though it was much longer - and not in a good way.  

With that being said, this book had atmosphere and I felt as though I was stuck on an island in a huge castle and felt as though I should keep looking over my shoulder while I was reading the book.  I love a thriller that gives me the goosebumps, but I felt as though there wasn't enough movement to keep the story progressing forward.  

This was only my second JT Ellison read and I liked Good Girls Lie better than this one, but am still open to trying more from the backlist and more from what is to come.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 30 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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