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Review | Her Dark Lies

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Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison
Mira Books, 2021
Thriller / Mystery / Suspense
416 pages
4/5 Stars

Trigger Warnings: abuse, violence, murder.

GoodReads Synopsis


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…


This book is the reason I have anxiety.


Okay, no it’s not. But it definitely didn’t help.

This book was really hard for me to read. I’m usually not a Thriller reader, but I decided to go out of my comfort zone and read this one. My verdict?

Heck, man. I don’t know. The ending pissed me off. I like my endings wrapped with some closure as a nice little bow, and this ending pretty much felt like a brick thrown at me instead.

I even pretty much predicted the ending. Sort of. It’s hard to explain without spoiling it. But I still was left feeling angry and disapointed in the ending.

The rest of the book was good. Slow at times. But once the action finally really started, I couldn’t put it down. Which is another reason why the ending really bothered me.

I still want to try to read Thrillers and find one I like. This one was good, but not really for me.

Perfect for readers who love drama and secrets of the filthy rich.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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