LIE TO ME is now available in mass market paperback!

Who’s ready to meet Sutton and Ethan Montclair, two writers with secrets galore? Well, now’s your chance — the gorgeous mass market paperback of LIE TO ME has arrived! Grab one for you, and one for a gift. And if you see one in the wild, take a picture and send it to me. I’ll put your name in a hat for a special prize.


It’s official! LIE TO ME is a Favorite Paperback at Barnes & Noble. You can pick up a copy, plus two more books you’ve been wanting to read and get one free. Their Buy 2, Get The 3rd Free deals are always incredible!

About the book:

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 facade 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. 

They built a life on lies.

Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. 

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.


J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

For more insight into her wicked imagination, join J.T.’s email list at, or follow her online at or on Twitter @thrillerchick.

LIE TO ME Roundup

LIE TO ME Roundup

Well goodness, it's been quite a fall, hasn't it?

Like I said in the author's note, LIE TO ME was a book of first, and such a stretch for me. I was curious to see what you'd think—and it turns out you liked it, too. I'm so glad. 

I've gathered a few links as a digital scrapbook of sorts, so in the coming days we can look back and see what fun we had. Enjoy!




RT Book Reviews

The Associated Press

Book Reporter

Chapter 16



PW Fall 2017 Announcements: Mysteries & Thrillers.

ITW’s The Big Thrill: “The Twisted Stories Behind Closed Doors”

Liza & Lisa’s Best Of Roundup

BookBub: 19 Thrillers to Read Before Summer’s End

Goodreads: 21 Big Books of Fall

Libro.FM: Books We Love – A Sampling of HarperCollins New Releases Popular in Independent Bookstores

Judith D. Collins: Top 21 Must Read Books Coming in September

Book Riot: 21 BIG BOOKS OF FALL: LIST LIST #268  

The Kill Zone Blog: Pushing Your Boundaries [guest post]

Women’s Book Reviews: Feature Book by J.T. Ellison

Buzzfeed: 21 Books Goodreads Users Are Damn Excited to Read This Fall

BookBub: 12 Psychological Thrillers Coming This Fall



Crime by the Book

Book Reporter

Read with Sam

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair

LiveSigning and Interview with Ariel Lawhon


"[An] exceptional domestic thriller from bestseller Ellison... this standalone may be Ellison's best work to date."
—★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is the book that will be on everyone’s eyes --- and lips --- for weeks and months to come."

"A page-turner, rife with twists, turns, and surprises... an absolute must-read."
Mystery Scene Magazine

"Wonderful ... a one-more-chapter, don't-eat-dinner, stay-up-late sensation."
Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of NO MIDDLE NAME

"Fans of GONE GIRL will gobble up this thriller about a marriage from hell, which moves at a blazing-fast pace and smoothly negotiates more twists and turns than the backroads of Tennessee. J.T. Ellison will keep you guessing every step of the way to the surprise ending!"
Lisa ScottolineNew York Times bestselling author of ONE PERFECT LIE

"LIE TO ME twists you up, throws you into nail-biting action and unexpected revelations. Belt yourself in for this roller coaster ride."
Catherine Coulter#1 New York Times bestselling author of ENIGMA

"LIE TO ME brilliantly combines a domestic noir thriller with a searing portrait of two writers trapped in a web of lies, betrayals, and murder. Sharply written and masterfully plotted, full of hard truths about the creative life and modern marriage, Ellison has written her finest novel—a breakout page-turner certain to win her a wide audience."
Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of BLAME

"A wickedly good thriller about a picture-perfect marriage that is anything but, LIE TO ME has it all: murder, lies and betrayal. J.T. Ellison will have readers hanging onto the edge of their seats with her latest cunning tale."
Mary KubicaNew York Times bestselling author of EVERY LAST LIE

"Secrets, secrets, who has more secrets? Writers or wives? With more surprises than a kitchen sink casserole, in LIE TO ME, J.T. Ellison lets us in on what goes on behind the closed doors of both."
Helen EllisNew York Times bestselling author of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

"Ellison knows how to deliver gripping psychological suspense... Appearances can be deceiving, but Ellison's writing is not."
Library Journal

"...An astonishing and satisfying ending that makes for a fantastic reading experience."
RT Book Reviews

"[An] immensely readable domestic thriller... lush prose."


J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

For more insight into her wicked imagination, join J.T.’s email list at, or follow her online at or on Twitter @thrillerchick.

Sunday Smatterings

Sunday Smatterings 10.8.17

I woke up Monday morning to the devastating news out of Las Vegas, and, like everyone, stayed glued to the television and internet for most of the day, searching for answers. The problem is, there are no answers to explain these kinds of violent attacks. Evil resides in this world. I spend a lot of time in my own world trying to suss out the motivations of evil people, to see the world through their eyes, to comprehend. It's a double slap in the face when it comes to life. I am so grateful for the heroes, so sad for the victims and their families and friends, and so happy to see some rational discussions about the flaws in the system finally taking place.

So this week I come to you from a place of sorrow, but hope. I'm sending peace and love out to you today, and I hope that it's a small balm on your soul. ❤️

Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

Spend more time alone. Because deep thinking aids in human flourishing.

Cover Reveal! SMALL TOWN TROUBLE. My bestie, Laura Benedict, is such a talented writer. Not only is she a killer suspense and Southern Gothic novelist—she's a heck of cozy mystery writer, too. This is the cover of her new cozy, and it's purrrrfect. I just pre-ordered mine!

Harry Potter wand-lore detailed in new book. In your weekly Harry Potter news, I bring you this.  A great gift for the serious Potterheads in your life.

Today, I'm brave – Curt Smith. I truly believe being authentic is the only way to live this life. I love this story so much. I sometimes lose my brave, and this made me find it again.

TANGLED MERCY, an Amazon Kindle bestseller. My talented author friends are doing all kinds of fun things this week. So many congrats to Joy Jordan-Lake, whose new novel A TANGLED MERCY is a literary fiction bestseller. The novel is available everywhere on November 1, but those of you with Kindles can get it right now for $4.99. And if you're a Prime member, it's a Kindle First! Such a beautiful read, y'all. Very healing, and very timely.

How exceptionally productive people end the word day. Y'all know I love productivity. This article is full of helpful tips for maximizing time and peace of mind.

Our home library. Dearest Anne Bogel, if you're reading this, would you mind coming over and designing a home library for me? Yours is ridiculously gorgeous. Thank you.

The shorter you sleep, the shorter your life. Excellent piece—I'm a big fan of plentiful sleep. Keeps my creative juices flowing. People ask me when I sleep—the reason I can do as much as I do is because I sleep SO MUCH! 

And closer to home:

Just in time for Halloween: DEAD ENDS. If you need some spooky binge-reading, pick up our new Two Tales Press anthology, DEAD ENDS! It's on sale for only $3.99 through 10/31, so grab yours before this offer disappears like the Snickers bars out of a trick-or-treat bag.


And I had to share this interview: I had a blast talking all things LIE TO ME with Vicki St. Clair, out of KKNW in Seattle. So much fun.



Speaking of LIE TO ME–there are signed copies at various Barnes and Noble stores across the country, specifically Seattle, Denver, and Nashville. Go forth and find them!



And one last fun thing, LIE TO ME has been chosen as an Amazon Kindle Select 25 for this week. Woot!!!

That's it from me. Bring your neighbors some pumpkin muffins, linger a bit on that last sip of tea in the morning, and we'll talk again soon.


Daily Tao 7.18.17 and Tour News!

Quick shout out tonight — we are prepping for what’s termed “styling day” which, if you watch any home design shows, is the day they move all the furniture and hang all the art and make a nest look like a showcase. We are super excited, and hopefully by this time tomorrow my living room and master bedroom will look more elegant and chic! Pics to come, natch!

Managed to write some, which is miraculous considering the chaos right now, and Amy and I had our first staff meeting post-vacay. I was very proud we only ran over by 30 minutes. I'm telling you, we are seriously efficient chicks, especially when the To-Do list is 2 hours long.

Some more fun news—the LIE TO ME Tour is set! Catherine has a 250 mile rule, if you’re within 250 miles you have to show up for her events. I won’t enforce that, but it would be lovely to see you on the road. I'm so excited about these dates! We'll have all the final deets in the next couple of weeks, but I wanted to put these visits on your radar now.

LIE TO ME tour

September will be here before you know it... #lietomeiscoming

Sweet dreams, chickens!