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LIE TO ME: A Domestic Noir Novel ~J. T. Ellison

Monday, September 25th, 2017

“LIE TO ME is Domestic noir at its best. Readers will devour this stunning page-turner about the disintegration of a marriage as grief, jealousy, betrayal and murder destroy the façade of the perfect literary couple.  New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison takes her exceptional writing to a new level with this breakout novel”(Cover)

LIE TO ME is a seductive story about a marriage and all the lies and omissions that are overwhelming Sutton and Nathan Montclair’s lives.  They are writers and they are the beautiful people and everyone believes them to be wealthy and perfect.  After the death of their 4-month-old son, SIDS, the couple begins to experience a love/hate relationship and the neighbors call in some domestic violence reports. Oh! Oh! It looks like Sutton made the calls.  Now a blogger has started attacking Sutton’s latest book and the rants and discussions on his blog have gotten her current contract cancelled.  Nathan has severe writer’s block and his agent is demanding more material.   $50,000 has been moved out of their accounts.  What is going on?

Sutton decides to disappear and take a time out and Nathan thinks something has happened to her and is harassed and finally arrested for the possible murder of his wife.   The path to answers is so twisted and is spinning out of control and the couple can feel the love and the confusion right to their core.

The writing in this story is amazing and all the t’s are crossed and all the i’s dotted and the pace is astounding.  The reader is caught in the story and webbed in place and I dare someone to put the book down and not read it to the last page.  Folks who thought GONE GIRL was fabulous will like this story to the max.  As I said it is so well written and driven.

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“New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband. “

I need to confess.  I truly do not like reading these kinds of dark stories.  I like a good mystery and this was certainly a good mystery, and yet, I feel as though so many awful things happen to people that we do not need more of this horrid stuff to read.  I tried to set aside the book everyday and truly had to force myself to read it cover to cover.  I was relieved when I got to the conclusion.  I could not read this book before bedtime, as I would end up trying to resolve the story in my sleep.  I just cannot watch horror movies and “the world is ending” scary stories.  I agreed to read this story for TLC Book Tours, I believe it will be a best seller and I do know one person in my book group that I want to give my copy.  I am thankful I am done with it.

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L.A. ROTTEN: A Tom Tanner Mystery Novel ~Jeff Klima

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

“As an expert crime-scene cleaner, Tom Tanner charges big money to carve out bullets, mop up fluids, disinfect walls, and dispose of whatever’s left of whomever was unlucky enough to require his services. For a handsome young ex-con determined to stay out of trouble, it’s practically a dream job—until he discovers a grisly pattern to his work: a string of gruesome murders at a cheap motel chain, always in Room 236.

While prying into a serial killer’s nasty scheme, Tom finds himself with a sharp-witted strip-bar waitress plastered to his side—and his conscience. Even more surprising, the killer starts prying into his life, luring Tom into a twisted friendship. As Tom struggles against his adversary’s wicked whims, risking the lives of the few people he holds dear, bodies pile up everywhere he turns. With a psychopath calling the shots, Tom has little choice but to clean house once and for all.”  (from Amazon’s book page)

Lots of folks will enjoy reading this book, the tension and the street language and the sex.   I know that some of those folks who will like this book read my reviews or purchase books for their partners who like this kind of story.

I loved the GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and I enjoy a good mystery, but this one was a bit too close to porn and street/gutter level reading when I got to the part of using a power saw to cut up and clean up a gang murder (in minute detail) I switched to speed reading and testing how fast I could go.  I did not want to tell people about this book.  There was a brief part of redemption and guilt release that was valuable for a reason to have read this book.  I do not at this time want to read any more of the books in this series.

I thank TLC Book Tours  for expanding my reading horizons. I have reviewed and now wish to not say anything else.

I do know readers who will want to read L A ROTTEN.

About the Author (from Kindle book)

Jeff Klima spent years in the grime and guts of Southern California as a co-founder of Orange County Crime Scene Cleaners.  He is a temporary survivor of Los Angeles and now resides in Ohio, where there is less danger but more corn.  Although he’s hard at work on another Tom Tanner mystery, he still finds time to write short bios about himself or the backs of his other books.  Also, check out THE DEAD JANITORS CLUB – that’s a good one.

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