It's One of Us by J. T. Ellison Review


What a wild ride! After a few books that didn’t quite hit the mark, I was really looking for a great thriller, and J. T. Ellison delivered! Action packed from beginning to end, there were twists and turns to keep me turning the pages and find out what was going to happen. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the ending kind of felt rushed and left questions unanswered.


(Trigger warming) Olivia Bender desperately wants to be a mother so when she miscarries again, she doesn’t want to tell her husband Park that she failed again. Before she can talk to him, the police show up at their home with news of DNA from a crime scene at a recent murder investigation show up as Park’s son. But Park doesn’t have children, right? Turns out that when he was in college, he donated sperm to a clinic, and has no idea how many times his sperm was used. Plus, the scene of the murder resemble the one from his ex-girlfriend murder in college, which Park was briefly a suspect.


The story is told from multiple POVs, which adds realism and complexity from the plot. Each chapter opens with who’s character is telling the story now. Secrets, lies, betrayal, this book is full of them. Just when you think you have everything figured out, there’s another twist thrown in the story.


Thanks to HarlequinTrade Publishing for the digital ARC in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


Rating: 4 stars


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?

Happy Reading!

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