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Where All the Dead Lie (Taylor Jackson #7)

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In her showdown with the murderous Pretender, a bullet taken at close range severed the connection between Taylor's thoughts and speech. Effectively mute, there's no telling if her voice will ever come back. Trapped in silence, she is surrounded by ghosts—of the past, of friendships and trusts lost...of a lost faith in herself and her motives that night.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: suspense-thriller readers
Taylor Jackson is more than a police officer. But being not only an officer but a leader has become more to her than she realizes. Taylor faces her inner demons while recuperating from a recent gunshot wound in Where All the Dead Lie by J. T. Ellison.

Taylor is almost completely recuperated from her physical trauma, but emotionally she is still wounded. She experiences guilt and shame that she wasn't there in time to save her friend from the torture that resulted in her miscarriage. She bears gui
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Don't let this woman write - she wouldn't know a descriptive sentence if she tripped over it. Every place the character goes is bland and has no atmosphere - except the old scottish castle. Nashville has never been more vague. Other people may enjoy her writing but I didn't.
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This seventh installment of the Taylor Jackson series is quite a departure from all of the previous books. In the beginning, it just feels like an extended epilogue following the chaotic events in the climax of So Close the Hand of Death. The typical Nashville setting quickly gives way to a haunted mansion in Scotland. The showdown with the Pretender has left Taylor with physical and deep psychological injuries, prompting her to flee to Memphis’ family seat to recover physically and mentally. Ta ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Amazing, amazing, amazing! This book pulled me right in and kept a firm grip on me all the way through. The story has so much to offer, at least 3 different mysteries that lead to a grand finale of one so in depth you'll never believe it! J.T. Nelson is a fantastic writer and after this I will be looking up more of their work. You don't want to miss this one and trust me, around this time of the year this is one that will keep you on edge and keep you so w
Nov 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: left-unfinished
This was my first book of this author and it really disappointed me. Actually I managed to read just 70 pages and even that much was enough for me. it was horrible. after 70 pages, I couldn't say about what is going on and what author really want to say. It was just a draft containing routinely day-to-day works which ordinary one can do in his/her life. it was as if I take a pen and write tweets about talking crap things with random ones and writing just for writing. there was no any plot and an ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Detective Taylor Jackson because of the tragic experiences described in the previous book, loses her voice. The fact that she can not go back to work and the tense situation between her and her fiancé, Baldwin, boosts her frustration. So when the Scottish aristocrat Memphis who is half in love with her offers her a trip to his castle, Taylor agrees without hesitation.

What I definitely didn’t like are some lengthy, occupying almost half of the book, non-criminal threads. I nearly abandoned the bo
Eileen Goh
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the worst of the entire Taylor Jackson series. It almost feels as though the author has lost sight of the direction she intended for the main character. The beginning feels like a dragged out recap of the previous book. And half way through. I felt like I was reading a romance novel. Don't get me wrong. I love Memphis! But in comparison with earlier books, this is utterly bland. The writing itself is different from what I remembered from J.T Ellison. Her debut book followed by "14" had a ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book - still gave it 3 stars because the last 3/4 of the book was just excellent.

Now for the first 1/2+ - just not what I was expecting, the subject matter was interesting at times, but was tedious, very soap-opera type book - not my thing. It could have been wrapped up sooner and then delve into the meat of the book where the story got so much better. Others may like the whole book, but again, not me.
Sarina Morrhaye
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, thriller, 2017
Dit is toch zo'n goede reeks. volledige recensie binnenkort op
Till att börja med måste jag säga att den här boken var en av dom svåraste böckerna jag nånsin betygsatt.

I sista delen om Taylor Jackson får vi träffa henne efter skottlosningen som gjorde att hon fick ligga i koma i 2 veckor.
TRaylor har tappat rösten, men det är inte det värsta. Hon har tappat själva gnistan till att leva. Efter alla människor hon har dödat, även om det var i självförsvar, känner hon att hennes själ hålelr på att splitras i små bitar. Att hennes fästman John Baldwin har undhål
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you like Daphne du Maurier’s classic REBECCA, you’ll enjoy WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE by J.T. Ellison.

While Ellison’s novel may have shadows of REBECCA, it’s in a world of its own with unique twists and turns to keep you wondering.

Not having read any of the prior books in this series, I can honestly say new readers will have no problem keeping up in this 7th installment of the Taylor Jackson series. While this story is built on the outcome of a prior book, there is enough background given. In fac
Dotti Elrick
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Taylor Jackson is a homicide detective with the Nashville police department. She was seriously wounded, by The Pretender at the end of So Close the Hand of Death. She has recovered physically, but she's having a harder time psychologically. She still can't speak. Her fiance, Baldwin is pulling away, he is still having a hard time with the lies he's told Taylor. And Taylor can't quite bring herself to forgive him. Her best friend, Sam, is still blaming her for being kidnapped, and the loss of her ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this series - I read every book after all - but I can't help feeling sorely disappointed by it. Each book was more predictable than the last, and this one was no exception. I was so frustrated by the glaringly obvious conclusion that I rushed through the last quarter of the book, barely paying any attention to the words on the page. After 7 books, I still feel absolutely nothing for the main characters, Taylor in particular.
I think I'm officially done with this series.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
Loved reading this book again! Creepy and twisty, and such a great book! Can't wait to dig into the Sam Owens series now!

*First read September 7th-13th, 2011*
Really great, all the little bits, and the wondering if there was some craziness running around...just excellent! I loved it!
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Miniseries: A Taylor Jackson Novel
Category: Suspense
Gary Rippee Jr
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well this being the final Taylor Jackson book (as of right now) and given the fact that the previous book had been so packed with action and suspense from the get go, I expected a different story line. And if I'm being completely honest, I was disappointed half way into this book. I started thinking this may be my first 3 star rating of a Taylor Jackson novel. But then I realized that just like So Close The Hand Of Death, I was reading through at a non-stop pace. That it wasn't disappointment I ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Got as a Daily Deal on Barnes and Noble, decided to try it to see if I wanted to start reading Ellison and the Taylor Jackson series. Based on this entry, I am not impressed and won't continue with the series. Maybe I would have liked it better if I didn't jump into the series in book 7, but the relationships seemed superficial. Not a fan of "ghost" stories anyway.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Whole series is probably 3.5-4. This one had the feeling of a Victorian novel. Pretty good job bringing in the other style and I'm curious about what comes next in LTs world.
Not a Good Place to Start
Taylor Jackson hasn't been doing well since the serial killer known as the Pretender almost killed her. She's ever-so-slowly recovering physically, but she's mute, her nightmares are monstrous, and she's popping pills like they're Tic Tacs. On top of that, her friendship with her best friend Sam has been strained since the Pretender kidnapped and tortured the medical examiner, and she's still feeling betrayed by her fiancé, Baldwin. All she wants is to get back to the jo
Read this after hearing an author chat on the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club site. This book was part of a book flight following the main book Rebecca. I loved all the twists and turns that the story took.

Great read and I look forward to checking the other books out in this series.
Heather Long
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read, and pretty good. Helpful if you have ready Ellison's previous books regarding the Pretender.
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Gloria Feit
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
As this newest entry in the Taylor Jackson series opens, although the serial killer whose death ended the last book, “So Close the Hand of Death,” is no longer around to continue his terror campaign, his legacy is very much alive: Both Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her closest friend, medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens Loughley [“Sam”] are still traumatized by the events which led to his death at Taylor’s hand, one month earlier. [The two women’s jobs are described by the aut ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the Taylor Jackson series and I think this is the best of the series thus far. Don't know if it was the change of scenery several chapters into the book (a vacation from Nashville to a spooky castle in Scotland) or the fact that Taylor was literally speechless through much of the book. It grabbed me from the start and didn't let go until the very end.

Although I have to admit that I figured out who the "bad guy" was at least 2/3 in, it didn't lessen the final surprise which I shall not all
Kathi Kelley
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
HAUNTING!!! 4.80

This is a serious Edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller with over tones of lust all rolled into one e-ride. Wounded and scared physically and especially psychologically, Taylor is grappling with the aftermath with a serial killer ("So Close The Hand of Death") who shot her in the head, was responsible for the kidnapping of a member of Taylor's squad and taking out his eye as well as the murder of his girlfriend, in addition to the kidnapping and torturing of her best friend wh
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As Taylor recovers physically from the injuries she sustained at the hands of the ultimate madman serial killer known as the Pretender (So Close The Hand of Death) she finds her mental health not healing as well. She fights between feeling betrayed by Baldwin’s secrets to quilt over the harm to Sam and other’s she believes she’s responsible for. She’s been offered solace from a place she’s not sure she should trust, but it’s either run to Memphis Highsymthe or run screaming from all her demons. ...more
Terri Armstrong
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Where all the Dead Lie” by JT Ellison:

Taylor Jackson is a steadfast Nashville homicide detective with a spine of steel, who has never met an obstacle she couldn’t overcome. Taylor feels the need to get away and goes to her friend Memphis’ castle in England. While there, she finds herself stranded during a blizzard. Memphis is away on a case and not long after he leaves, she discovers someone is trying to get her out of the way.
There are many players in this game of who-dun-it, and no one is wh
Tea Time with Marce
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
From my blog

JT Ellison is a great author when writing about serial killers. This is book 7, the end story of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed So Close the Hand of Death and feel like these 2 read together complete a great story.

I found this one to be very different from what I expect of JT, no serial killer involvement, only the after affects of almost dying from the hands of one. Initially I felt the book was all over the place, was it a mystery, romance or ghost story. I find many story lines
Apr 02, 2012 added it
Recommended to OCTOBER IS LOVECRAFT COUNTRY by: Hearts On Fire Reviews
Shelves: may-2012-reads
: In this seventh mystery in author J. T. Ellison’s Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson series, Taylor has fallen just about as far as she humanly can, short of losing her life-and she had come very, very close to doing just that-two weeks in a coma, after being shot-she still can’t speak, even though her vocal cords appear normal, and the head shot hit nothing vital. Her friends were injured, she can’t get back to work yet-and oh, did we mention she can’t speak? Her physician insists s ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
"The headshot didn't kill Taylor Jackson. But it will haunt. In her showdown with the murderous Pretender, a bullet taken at close range severed the connection between Taylor's thoughts and speech. Effectively mute, there's no telling if her voice will ever come back. Trapped in silence, she is surrounded by ghosts-- of the past, of friendships and trusts lost--of the specter of a lost faith in herself and her motives that night. When Memphis Highsmythe offers Taylor his home in the Scottish hig ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Taylor Jackson novel but it won’t be my last. The story grabs the reader and doesn’t let go until the entire story is revealed.

Taylor Jackson is a Nashville, Tennessee homicide detective. Taylor is recovering from a case where she was shot in the head and fellow officers were injured. Taylor has lost her ability to speak. It is unclear whether the loss of speech is caused by the injury or by the guilt Taylor is feeling because she didn’t do more to help her best friend who lost
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“Rue not my death. Rejoice at my repose, It was no death to me but to my woes. The bud was opened to let out the rose. The chain was loosed to let the captive go.” —ROBERT SOUTHWELL ON MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS” 4 likes
“Her body said yes, her mind said absolutely not. Her heart, well, she was learning to ignore the bitch.” 3 likes
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