Author: J.T. Ellison
Release date: March 9th, 2021
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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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…
What did I think of Her Dark Lies?
A destination wedding on a beautiful island off the coast of Italy? A handsome, wealthy groom with generations of secrets? A terrifying storm and no way back to the mainland? And finally, a killer lurking in the shadows and waiting for the perfect moment to get their revenge? Count me in!
Honestly, in the middle of a world-wide pandemic, traveling to a lavish Italian island through books is exactly what I need. The enormous villa is beautifully described in Her Dark Lies by the author and the island’s décor is also dreamy. If it wasn’t for the psycho killer loose on the property, I would say, please take me there!
Jokes aside, Her Dark Lies had all the elements for the perfect creepy thriller: an isolated and mysterious setting, scores of different characters with complicated relationships and a dark secret threatening to be revealed. While the ending wasn’t particularly shocking, it was a good one nonetheless.
I thought the main characters, Claire and Jack Compton, were well-developed and their relationship with each other felt genuine. You feel yourself rooting for them throughout the story, while being suspicious of everyone else. Even when you doubt one of them, you still want them to end up together.
I did think Claire’s relationship with her sister to be a little less believable. Claire’s sister’s animosity toward her felt a bit exaggerated. It played an important role in the story yet their interactions with one another didn’t reflect this resentment between them. This relationship could have been told better.
While I’m trying not to spoil anything, the epilogue is worth mentioning. The final words leave us with an ominous feeling and this is what I’m looking for in a thriller. There shouldn’t always be a happy ending.
All in all, Her Dark Lies was a very enjoyable read that allowed me to escape to the other side of the world for a little bit. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller and I give it four stars!
Her Dark Lies isn’t actually my first book by J.T. Ellison. I previously reviewed Good Girls Lie by the same author. Click here to check out my review of Good Girls Lie!
Until next time!