Book Review: Her Dark Lies

HER DARK LIES | J.T. Ellison
03.09.2021 | Mira Books
Rating: 4/5 stars


The wedding of the year has arrived and a killer appears to be amongst those in attendance. Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. The sprawling villa sitting cliff-top is owned by the wealthy Compon family, who up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter is set to join with her marriage to Jack Compton. From the moment Claire sets foot on the island a series of disastrous events start to unravel. Skeletal remains have been found. A ruined wedding dress. Menacing texts. As torrential rains and raging winds hit the island, a decision must be made to move the wedding up, however, an advanced timeline won’t stop revenge. As the body count starts to rise it becomes clear no one is safe from this unwanted guest.

I absolutely love J.T. Ellison’s writing and every year I look forward to her newest release hitting shelves. When I heard the locked room mystery premise for HER DARK LIES I was immediately sold without needing to hear more. I love when books use this plot device to essentially trap our cast of characters either in a building or in a location with the killer. Ellison nails it with the isolated island of Isle Isola and the sprawling villa located there. 

Ellison sets a fantastic, fast-paced story right from the start of HER DARK LIES that does not slow down until the final pages of the story. I was constantly on my toes and trying to piece together who the killer was and what their plan was for Claire and the Compton family. I loved the use of hidden family secrets to add another layer of intrigue and mystery to the overall story. 

HER DARK LIES is an entertaining and bingeable read that definitely deserves a spot on your TBR!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

A huge thank you to Mira Books for my gifted copy!

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