It's One of Us
A Novel of Suspense
“A smart, taut, mind-blowing thriller full of heartbreak and betrayal that moves along at breakneck speed. Readers will be obsessed!”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Just The Nicest Couple
Everybody lies. Even the ones you think you know best of all . . .
Olivia Bender designs exquisite home interiors that satisfy the most demanding clients. But her own deepest desire can’t be fulfilled by marble counters or the perfect rug. She desperately wants to be a mother. Fertility treatments and IVF keep failing. And just when she feels she’s at her lowest point, the police deliver shocking news to Olivia and her husband, Park.
DNA results show that the prime suspect in a murder investigation is Park’s son. Olivia is relieved, knowing this is a mistake. Despite their desire, the Benders don’t have any children. Then comes the confession. Many years ago, Park donated sperm to a clinic. He has no idea how many times it was sold—or how many children he has sired.
As the murder investigation goes deeper, more terrible truths come to light. With every revelation, Olivia must face the unthinkable. The man she married has fathered a killer. But can she hold that against him when she keeps such dark secrets of her own?
This twisting, emotionally layered thriller explores the lies we tell to keep a marriage together--or break each other apart . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Long-held secrets become a matter of life and death in J.T. Ellison’s taut, edgy thriller. Olivia is an exclusive interior designer and her husband, Park, is a successful novelist. Their lives look perfect to outsiders, but behind closed doors, a string of heartbreaking miscarriages has driven a wedge between them. But their world is really turned upside down when DNA testing confirms that the culprit in a recent rape and murder is Park’s son—a child Olivia never even knew he had. And that’s just the first of a long series of shocking revelations. Each new character Ellison introduces has a skeleton in their closet that connects them to the killer on the loose. It’s One of Us is a stay-up-all-night read.
It’s One Of Us
The beginning was captivating, but then going back to high school prom seemed ridiculous. I skipped a lot to get to the end.
It was a great story, and I remembered news stories of shady sperm banks and even arrogant doctors using their own sperm without patient’s knowledge or consent. Just so sad. The characters were all just a little off, especially Olivia. She and Peyton had more in common, and their thoughts were creepy. Poor West! Murder gene, evil, or mental illness? Maybe all of the above. Synthetic characters.
Each character tells the story from their own point of view which was a bit of adjustment, but so worth it. Good story with a surprising twist at the end. The theme of infertility is both thought provoking and personal.
Interesting premise but…
The way it’s written is like a hallmark channel movie in book form. I thought the storyline seemed interesting, but I just couldn’t get into it. Had to force myself to finish since I paid for it. It helped to be on a 9 hour flight with nothing else to read.