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What Lies Behind by J. T. Ellison

What Lies Behind

by J. T. Ellison

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What Lies Behind's story is told by the viewpoint of the Medical Examiner, Samantha Owens, whose character is flawed but she is very intelligent and brave. The plot is complexed and deals with a stalker who may be a serial killer who is hunting a prey. It also involves a bio-terrorist threat and a governmental pyramid scheme. It is a very gripping story with lots of twists and has a cliffhanger ending. This is the last book of the series so far and the series is a spinoff from the Taylor Jackson series. I look forward to the next book in the series in order to find out how everything pans out. I would highly recommend this series to those who love adventurous mystery thrillers. ( )
  EadieB | May 12, 2018 |
If you are looking for some fun summer reading, J.T. Ellison’s newest book in the Samantha Owens series, What Lies Behind, may be just what you are looking for. The main character Samantha Owens is a medical examiner turned FBI consultant. Originally from Tennessee, she relocated to Washington D.C. after meeting her lover Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger. The story begins with a murder and potential suicide that has occurred in Owens’ neighborhood. Homicide detective Darren Fletcher is called to the scene and Fletcher, who has worked with Owens’ on previous cases, calls on Owens to get her opinion on the murder scene. While canvassing the scene, Owens comes across some significant biohazardous material and what seems like a straight forward murder/suicide case, explodes into something more sinister.

While Owens is busy worrying about being exposed to some nasty bug, her lover Xander Whitfield is working on a job through his newly established security protection firm with his partner Chalk. The job is to protect British industrialist James Denon and in what seems like a straight forward job, turns out to be the beginning of a nightmare.

Assassins, bio-threat, subterfuge, and good ole fashion detective work are all a part of JT Ellison’s latest thriller which makes for several hours of fun entertainment. In my review of the series I have expressed that the series is more of a romantic thriller with a veneer of forensics but in this latest addition, I would say that this particular thriller is more a of a spy/disaster thriller. Though Whitfield and Owens do a little ogling with each other, it is kept at a minimum because they are too busy trying to save the world.

Ellison has also included a subplot, which includes a creepy psychopath and appears to foreshadow the next installment to the series. It is a little confusing at times because it seems to be related to events that are taking place in this novel, however, it becomes clear in the ending what is really happening.

It is not really necessary to read the previous novels in the series, but if you want to really understand the background of the characters and how they relate to each other, I would recommend reading the first book in the series, A Deeper Darkness.

If you interested to learn more about the Samantha Owens series, check out my review of the series on my blog, A-Thrill-A-Week (http://athrillaweek.com/j-t-ellisons-dr-samantha-owens-series/). ( )
  vasimon | Aug 10, 2015 |
Lot of drama, mystery, action and terror. Some swear words, and violence. You don't who to trust or where it is going to go.

Dr. Samantha Owens is the main character. She is teaching and newly working with FBI. She is no longer a medical examiner. A crime has taken place close to her home. She spies on it.
Samantha texts her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher to see if he got the case.

Xander Whitfield is now working as a personal security. They are out of town. He has to bring his old talents back in use.

Darren Fletcher meets with Samantha and tells her a little about the crime while at breakfast. While eating Sam gets a text asking her to step in as a FBI Agent and go to the briefing for him while he is out of town.

Samantha and Fletcher walk through the crime scene and with in minutes she tells him that it was not what it looked like but a double murder. Also finds deadly viruses in the apartment.

There is a lot of murder, and assassins and terrorists that keep them all busy. You don't want to put the book down till the end.

The setting for most of the book was Washington D.C. and currant year.

I have read all four Dr. Samantha Owens books and like her. She is a strong female character that has gone through a lot. I want to see more of her.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin. I agreed to give a honest review of What Lies Behind. ( )
  rhonda1111 | May 26, 2015 |
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

But evil is wrought by want of thought, As well as want of heart.

—Thomas Hood
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.

For the late great John Seigenthaler (1927-2014)

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778316505, Hardcover)

Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author J. T. Ellison delivers another riveting novel featuring the incomparable Dr. Samantha Owens 

Waking to sirens in the night is hardly unusual for Samantha Owens. No longer a medical examiner, she doesn't lose sleep over them, but a routine police investigation in her neighborhood has her curious. When her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. What seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide—a crime of passion—is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials indicates that something much more sinister is at play… 

As Fletch and Sam try to understand what and who they are dealing with, they are summoned to a meeting at the State Department. High-level officials are interested in what they know and seem to be keeping secrets of their own. It's up to Sam and Fletch to uncover what lies behind the deception as the threat of bioterrorism is exposed, and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire. 

Unsure who to trust, Sam and Fletch find themselves up against very powerful people at every stage in the investigation. No one is who they appear to be and with every minute that passes, the danger escalates. It's Sam's most complex case yet and the terrifying reality is beyond anything she could have imagined.

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Looking over a crime scene in her neighborhood, Samantha Owen discovers that the scene has been staged: what seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials leads to a threat of bioterrorism-- and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.… (more)

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