“Elegant, propulsive, and utterly unputdownable… The work of one of our most talented thriller writers at the very top of her game.” —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45
Fast-paced and brilliantly unpredictable, J.T. Ellison’s breathtaking novel invites you to a wedding none will forget—and some won’t survive.
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…
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A couple’s dream wedding becomes a nightmare in this atmospheric thriller. Artist Claire Hunter has a complicated past full of bad decisions, but she’s ready to put that behind her and settle down with her wealthy, charismatic fiancé, Jack Compton. But as Jack and Claire prepare for their wedding at the Compton family’s picturesque Italian villa, a dark figure lurks—one who knows all their secrets and hopes to destroy their marriage before it even starts. J.T. Ellison’s compelling mystery is reminiscent of the great Agatha Christie’s work, laying out a labyrinth of lies in a gorgeous locale. As the bodies begin to drop, we get sucked into Claire and Jack’s mission to discover who’s targeting them and why. With its lush settings and jaw-dropping twists, Her Dark Lies is an engaging read.
When Nashville artist Claire Hunter, the narrator of this mesmerizing romantic suspense novel from bestseller Ellison (Good Girls Lie), and her fianc , Jack Compton, the son of a computer company magnate, arrive on Isle Isola, Italy, for their wedding at the Compton family villa, Claire is alarmed to hear that skeletal remains were dug up at the villa during restoration work the day before. She feels better after Jack reassures her that such finds are common on an island with a long history, but it turns out to be a harbinger of more sinister things to come, such as hacking of the Comptons' private servers and discovery of the body of a family employee. Convinced that someone is trying to sabotage their wedding, Jack and Claire unite in an effort to identify the culprit before more lives are lost. Characters with secrets to hide and mysterious deaths, including that of Jack's first wife, who died in a sailing accident a decade earlier, add to the menacing atmosphere. Fans of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca will want to check out this compulsively readable tale.
I have to say J. T. Ellison writes excellent suspense.This one reads like a gothic mystery of old. Towering cliffs on a island owned by a powerful family. So many secrets in both sides. Twists and turns so crazy you never see what’s coming and a shocking ending. Great job!!
Not the best but had a few twists
Jack & Claire fall in love and are getting married at the Compton Villa on the coast in Italy. Then terrible things begin to happen, small at first then deadly. Wedding has to be cancelled. But it’s tied up in a neat little box in the end.
Thought provoking. Great suspense with. Twists and turns.