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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 d
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Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by MIRA
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    Michael David
    A scenic setting on an island off of the Italian coast? A group of guests gathering for a special occasion at a beautiful villa? A violent storm that keeps the guests stuck on the island? Power going out? A killer hidden in the shadows? I am here for it!

    Claire and her soon-to-be husband, Jack, leave a shocking incident behind at Claire’s home in Nashville, and travel to the Isle Isola island. Here, Jack and his wealthy family own a villa. It’s the perfect setting for their nuptials, among 30 of
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    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
    OK my inner middle schooler is SO excited that deadly party books are coming back in full force in adult clothes because all that Point Horror/Fear Street shit was my JAM as a kid
    Sonica
    Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    Thank you Harper Collins/MIRA Books for my copy of Her Dark Lies by JT Ellison in exchange for my honest review. This title releases March 9, 2021.

    A wedding set on a remote island.

    New and old dead bodies piling up.

    Everyone has a secret and anyone could have done it.

    It’s no secret that JT Ellison is by far one of my favourite thriller writers of ALL TIME. I discovered her writing almost 4 years ago with her standalone Lie To Me, and have been hooked ever since. I still squeal with the knowledge
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    Morgan-- JUSTONEMOREPAGE_
    I would like to start this by saying, thank you so much J.T. Ellison for allowing me to volunteer as tribute, and be apart of this book. She is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I am feeling totally blessed right now. Be sure to check this one out, to see just what role I play exactly!
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    So, does being in this book make me biased? Is it going to make me give this a higher star rating than what it deserves? Hell no. Ellison is one of my favorite authors, because her writing instantly draws yo
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    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
    First of all, thank you so much to J.T. Ellison, Bookclubbish, and HTP Books for my free copy of this book. I loved Good Girls Lie, so I was so excited to get my hands on Her Dark Lies! It was so well written and immediately captured my attention. Someone asked me if it was similar to The Guest List, and maybe a bit by plot, but nothing like it in writing. This book is captivating and dynamic, and I loved it!

    Thoughts: I really enjoyed all the dynamics at play in this book. All of the characters
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    Kerry
    Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a twisted, addictive story! JT spun a delicious tale with a cast of characters fans of REBECCA (or any gothic thriller) will adore. This book will be one of 2021s best and I'm so glad I had the privilege of an early read. ...more
    Sarah
    Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    In Her Dark Lies, artist Claire is about to marry extremely wealthy Jack Compton on his family's private island in Italy. Then the bad things start happening. Do you like excessive descriptions of landscape and locations? Would you like to read page after page of details about the island and house? Do you like it when the protagonists gloss over the major events of the book so they can continue to describe their environment? Then Her Dark Lies is the book for you! I stuck it out to the end, but ...more
    Dsbook
    Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    J T Ellison is one of my favorite authors but I had a hard time with this book. It was very confusing and I had a lot of questions at the end of the book. Who did kill her???
    Candice
    Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to J.T. and the publisher for sending me a copy of this one - all opinions are my own.

    I would just like to say - I LOVE J.T. Ellison as an author - I don't know how she comes up with the twisting, atmospheric and wild plots she does, but I hope she never stops.

    This new one from her is in top form, and possibly her best work yet. I was sucked in from the very start (and let me also mention that in a year when travel is impossible, being able to visit an Italian island with a castle on
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    L.A.
    Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you NetGalley for my advanced copy. I’m a huge fan of J.T. Ellison and found the book captivating with all the mysterious details of the private island, villas, and luxurious mansion with its tunnels and cliffs playing a huge part in the fast action, sometimes overwhelming parts.
    Claire, an artist blooming in Nashville, Tn has recently assumed the fiancé status to the very wealthy Jack Compton. Before leaving for their wedding on Jack’s family’s private island in Italy, a break-in to Clai
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    Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    Artist Claire has met the man of her dreams, the wealthy Jack Compton, the only hitch is the mystery that surrounds the death of Jacks first wife Morgan. Morgan was beautiful and died by falling off Jacks boat they only found her hand. Claire and Jack are headed to Jacks family villa in Italy on a private island. The wedding week doesn’t go off as planned. A break in at Claire’s home in Nashville that leaves one dead. When they arrive at the island a power outage occurs, skeletal remains found b ...more
    Jessica Laguna
    Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: january-2021
    Her Dark Lies is my first book by J.T. Ellison but definitely won't be my last. This book is beautifully atmospheric. The setting is a wedding weekend in an old gothic mansion on a secluded Italian island during a massive storm. Don't you have delicious chills already?

    Claire is an upcoming artist who somehow becomes engaged to Jackson Compton. The Comptons are an incredibly wealthy, incredibly powerful family and that are a lot of mob-family allusions that help add to the dark, intense atmospher
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    Lee Husemann
    Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Hang onto your hat with this read as it is downright creepy, scary, dark and a page turner! Now, this is a great book with lots of twists and turns.

    Claire Hunter is an artist and is engaged to marry very wealthy William Jackson Compton "Jack" at the family villa in Isle Isola, Italy with a small gathering of family and friends coming to the villa for the weekend. The villa sits atop a high cliff with magnificent breathtaking views. The villa also has lots of hidden tunnels and its own crypt. Wh
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    Chris Markley
    Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, thriller
    Claire is going to have everything she has ever wanted, her art career is taking off and she is marrying Jack, the man of her dreams on his family's Italian island. But Jack is keeping the details of his first wife's death from her and Claire is keeping secrets of her own. And then strange things start to happen and someone wants them dead. Will their secrets be their undoing or will they get their happily ever after?

    Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for providing an arc for my honest revie
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    Sherry
    Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020-reads, edelweiss
    A book that started out with someone dying certainly grabbed my attention! There's also a wedding on a remote island, a storm that doesn't allow anyone on or off the island, and dead bodies popping up all over the place. I thought that this would be just another "locked room" mystery, but I certainly was wrong! My first J.T.Ellison book, definitely not my last. ...more
    Janet
    Date reviewed/posted: December 8, 2020
    Publication date: March 9, 2021

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

    I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from
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    Wendy
    Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    In Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison, the author sets the scene for a romantic wedding in a villa on an island off the coast of Italy. Claire Hunter, an artist who is scarred by the death of her father, and Jackson Compton, a man with many secrets including one about the death of his first wife, are getting married…unless a killer is successful in spoiling their plans.

    Just as they are to depart Nashville, Tennessee, for their nuptials in Europe, Claire and Jackson are attacked in their home. The off
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    Matt
    Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    First of all this book involves one of my most favorite thriller tropes: a group of people at a secluded location, in this case an Italian island where Jack and Claire are getting married. Jack is part of a rich socialite family who owns this mansion on the island, and they decide to have their wedding there with only their closest friends and family. We learn pretty early in the book that Jack’s first wife Morgan died by drowning several years prior (and the book also immediately insinuates it ...more
    Brianas_best_reads
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    A huge thank you to @htpbooks @bookclubbish @thrillerchick @_mira_books_ for the free ARC of “Her Dark Lies” to review! This book releases on 3/9/21, but clearly I couldn’t wait to read it!!

    “At the wedding of the year, a killer needs no invitation.”

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. Let’s start with the writing style. J.T. Ellison has this way of writing that just sucks you in and does not let go until the very last page. This book may have been over 400 pages long, but I wanted MORE!
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    Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
    3.5 Stars *Rounded Up*

    I was sent this book from the publisher/publicity team. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

    JT Ellison is one of my favorite thriller writers of all time. I was very excited for this one and started it the day it arrived in the mail.

    This had a little bit of everything from romance, to mystery/suspense, to historical context. I was really hooked at first and really
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    Amy
    A wedding on a private island in the Mediterranean is threatened by a storm and escalating disturbing events in this disappointing, overlong thriller.

    The bride, Claire, is a shallow woman who was once a bohemian artist with a Dark Past but has transformed herself into a trophy wife for her rich groom, Jack, who lost his first wife in mysterious circumstances. Claire and Jack's relationship is presented in a superficial he-completes-me sort of way. There is a lot of focus on describing their lux
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    Heather Long
    Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It's the event of the year. Artist Claire Hunter is marrying wealthy Jack Compton in a luxurious ceremony by the sea in Italy. It's supposed to be a magical day surrounded by close family and friends. However, as soon as Claire and Jack arrive on the island, trouble seems to start. It begins with ominous hints...a mystery woman spotted in white, as well as a sense of someone intruding in Claire and Jack's room. However, it quickly escalates to harassment, when Claire begins receiving blatant mes ...more
    Krysten
    Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own.

    I mean, what's not to like? A beautiful wedding within a wealthy but kind family on a secluded island. It sounds like perfection.

    However, looks can be deceiving. Because nearly everyone at this wedding has a secret to hide, but whose secret is the biggest, and what will that secret cost them?

    I love how Ellison is so good at weaving a story of intrigue, however this one fell ever
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    Patricia Romero
    Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery, thriller

    What could be more romantic than a wedding on the Isle Isola? Surrounded by cliffs and water with an over the top villa where you can get lost if you aren’t careful.

    Claire Hunter is an artist. On the rise and to top it off, she is marrying Jack Compton of the uber-wealthy Compton family. The Comptons have secrets. A lot of secrets.

    When Claire and Jack arrive at the villa, things begin to go wrong. A skeleton has been found and it has everyone on edge. Brothers are fighting, the help is sketchy a
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    Iz
    Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Ellison’s “Tear Me Apart” is one of my favorites and I recommend it often. I’ve read her others since then and they have been good, but haven’t topped TMA yet. This one is no different.

    I really enjoyed listening to Claire’s POV but once the second narrator comes into play, the book picks up quickly.

    I found it kind of ridiculous to think anyone, even the great Compton family, would move forward after the “surprises” and then Henna. Come on....as if all that could be hidden from the guests. Nope
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    Terrie Case
    Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A fast-paced, twisted, thriller with surprises at every turn. Several mysteries are tied together by the Compton name or by Claire, herself.

    It is very difficult to determine who is the good guy and who is the bad. At some point, everyone is suspect.

    J.T. Ellison has established herself as an acclaimed author. This book is one of her best. L Suspense and excitement exist from the beginning words. Her Dark Lies is a book you won’t want to put down.


    I received an ARC from MIRA books through Goodread
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    Christa
    Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I started this book after lunch and had it finished by the next morning. It is one of those books that is hard to stop reading because you want to know what is going to happen next. Full of surprises and twists but not so many that you are confused. The beauty of the scenery is described so well. It's a story of love, deception, murder, obsession, secrets, forgiveness, and acceptance. You can't help but fall in love with the main c ...more
    Jamie
    Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    2.5/3 stars for this book that dragged on and never really thrilled me. A wealthy man is going to marry a poor desolate artist. They choose to marry at his family’s Italian Villa only to be greeted by remains of a body, big dogs and a creepy grandfather.
    Elision is one of my favorites and this one just didn’t work for me, I had to start it several times and then I read some reviews to skip over the beginning which I did thankfully I was able to get into the story but then it ebbed and flowed for
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    Paula
    Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I so wanted to like Her Dark Lies by Jt Ellison as the premise was very intriguing, and the location sounded like it would make for a scary and mysterious book. The book started well enough, but as the story progressed, there were just too many unbelievable things going on and too much description that pulled me away from the story's plot. I could not connect to any of the characters. I trudged through reading this book. It may appeal to others, but this book was not just for me.
    I really liked t
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    Heidi Sandiford
    Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Psychological thriller set on an island off the coast of Italy. Claire Hunter has hit the jackpot and is about to marry her very rich and famous fiancé Jack Compton on an idyllic family-owned island with close family and friends. But so many things start to go wrong, some seemingly natural (weather), some not so natural (ghosts?). After a body is discovered, many more bodies are "discovered" and Claire wonders about Jack's first wife who accidentally died after their wedding. A suspenseful whodu ...more
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