It's One of Us

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by J.T. Ellison

Publication Date: February 21, 2023
Publisher: MIRA
Hardcover: 400 Pages

Publisher Description

Everybody lies. Even the ones you think you know best of all . . .

Olivia Bender designs exquisite home interiors that satisfy the most demanding clients. But her own deepest desire can’t be fulfilled by marble counters or the perfect rug. She desperately wants to be a mother. Fertility treatments and IVF keep failing. And just when she feels she’s at her lowest point, the police deliver shocking news to Olivia and her husband, Park.

DNA results show that the prime suspect in a murder investigation is Park’s son. Olivia is relieved, knowing this is a mistake. Despite their desire, the Benders don’t have any children. Then comes the confession. Many years ago, Park donated sperm to a clinic. He has no idea how many times it was sold—or how many children he has sired.

As the murder investigation goes deeper, more terrible truths come to light. With every revelation, Olivia must face the unthinkable. The man she married has fathered a killer. But can she hold that against him when she keeps such dark secrets of her own?

This twisting, emotionally layered thriller explores the lies we tell to keep a marriage together–or break each other apart . . .

Quick Review

No matter how many books are on your reading list, be sure to put this novel at the top!

The Benders find themselves in an emotionally charged situation and are forced to confront their own truths while trying to make sense of a murder investigation involving Park’s son. As the story unfolds, J.T. Ellison peels back the curtains to reveal a thrilling and captivating plot and the devastating consequences of secrets and lies that lurk beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect marriage and family life. With twists and turns and expertly drawn characters, the novel will hook and keep you guessing until the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Mira through NetGalley. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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About the author

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels and the EMMY® award-winning co-host of the literary show A Word On Words. 

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“A smart, taut, mind-blowing thriller full of heartbreak and betrayal that moves along at breakneck speed. It’s One of Us is a force to be reckoned with. I’ve always been a fan, but Ellison has outdone herself with this one. Readers will be obsessed!” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Just The Nicest Couple

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“Betrayal, obsession, and familial ties that bind create a tension-filled story with an intriguing theme. Readers will race through the pages to an end they didn’t see coming.”Library Journal, starred review

“A heart-stoppingly tense thriller about the price of secrets and the layers behind every marriage.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman In Cabin 10

“J.T. Ellison has done the impossible by crafting a riveting domestic thriller full of twists and turns, but also heart and emotion. You’ll root for her heroine Olivia Bender every step of the way, as soon as a knock on the door brings shocking news that threatens her marriage and her world. You won’t be able to put this novel down!” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Loyalty

“Expertly explores the intensely complex emotions surrounding infertility, loss, and marriage. Throw in murder, a vivid cast of characters, and shocking secrets, Ellison masterfully mines the human heart in this treasure of a thriller that will keep readers turning the pages long into the night.”—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest




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