A Wedding Crasher Intent on Revenge
Bestselling author J. T. Ellison is well versed in enveloping her characters in betrayal, jealousy, and secrets. In her newest novel—HER DARK LIES—she ups the stakes.
When does a secret morph into a lie, and what’s the difference between the two? Ellison sums it up with a quote from Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander: “We have nothing between us now save respect, perhaps. And I think respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies.”
In HER DARK LIES, Ellison explores the secrets that young fiancés might keep for fear of chasing away a new partner. “It’s a situation we’ve all found ourselves in, with partners, with friends, even with family. ‘If they know the truth about me, will they still love me?’”
Protagonist Claire Hunter is a painter of large abstracts and modern oils. She can’t believe Jack Compton, the wealthy son of a computer magnate, fell in love with her. Their wedding will be held at the Compton’s Villa—rumored to be haunted—on the isolated Isle Isola off the western coast of Italy.
The inspiration for the story came to Ellison when her family took her on a birthday trip to Italy. “I was staying in a hotel on Lake Como across from the small island of Comacina, having dinner, when a yacht pulled up to the island’s dock. A wedding party emerged, disappearing into the island’s heart. Later, there were fireworks, and we could hear a grand party going on. I knew I had to write this into a book as a setting.
Read the rest of my review and interview in The Big Thrill.