Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway

Posted 28 August, 2018 by Heather in Blog, Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaways, Heather, Heather Book Review / 4 Comments

Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway

Tear Me Apart

by J.T. Ellison (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by MIRA on September 1, 2018
Genres: Adult, Cancer, Contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Kidnapping, Mystery, Psychological Suspense
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
Source: TLC Book Tours
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I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars
The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apartis the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.

One moment will change their lives forever…

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.

Who knows the answers?

The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.

With vivid movement through time, Tear Me Apart examines the impact layer after layer of lies and betrayal has on two families, the secrets they guard, and the desperate fight to hide the darkness within.

After loving J.T. Ellison’s last book, Lie To Me, I was very eager to read her latest mystery/thriller, Tear Me Apart. Featuring  17-year-old skiing champion Mindy Wright who crashes, breaking her leg and then the doctors find she has an aggressive form of leukemia during her surgery. But when they test her parents for stem cell donation, they find that neither parent or her aunt is a match–and who she thought were her birth parents aren’t related to her at all. Almost 20 years of secrets and lies slowly start to unravel as Mindy’s aunt Juliette, a DNA analyst for the Colorado Bureau of Investigations starts to dig into Mindy’s adoption and search for her biological parents.

Told through various characters’ points of view, as well as through letters between two characters in the past who had been institutionalized together, you get some great bits and pieces–but never the whole truth throughout the novel. Some things were predictable–like who Mindy’s birth mother was–but how she came to be in adoptive mother Lauren’s custody was a bit surprising. Each character was unique and quite well-developed–even the Belgian Malinois dog Kat.

It’s hard to write this review since I don’t want to give too much away about the plot. You really need to just dive into this one and go where it leads you.


I give TEAR ME APART a 4.5 out of 5. With several mysterious deaths of key figures from the past, enough lies to fill a lake, kidnapped children, mental illness, suicide attempts, and a deadly cancer–there’s enough drama and twists and turns to make the nearly 500 pages of this novel to fly right by. And I really enjoyed every second of this one. I highly recommend this for fans of mysteries and thrillers who also love family dramas with a side of danger.


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About J.T. Ellison

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

Connect with J.T. Ellison

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


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J.T. Ellison’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for TEAR ME APART:


Review Tour:

Monday, August 27th: @prose_and_palate

Monday, August 27th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Tuesday, August 28th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, August 29th: Staircase Wit

Thursday, August 30th: Palmer’s Page Turners

Friday, August 31st: Jathan & Heather

Monday, September 3rd: Books & Bindings

Tuesday, September 4th: Moonlight Rendezvous

Wednesday, September 5th: @katyslibrary

Thursday, September 6th: The Book Diva’s Reads

Friday, September 7th: Becky on Books

Monday, September 10th: Novel Gossip

Tuesday, September 11th: 5 Minutes for Books

Wednesday, September 12th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit

Wednesday, September 12th; @girlwithnoselfie

Thursday, September 13th: @basicbsguide

Friday, September 14th: Girl Who Reads

Monday, September 17th: Helen’s Book Blog

Monday, September 17th: @bookishconnoisseur

Tuesday, September 18th: Thoughts on This ‘n That

Wednesday, September 19th: @bookenetics

Thursday, September 20th: Why Girls Are Weird

Friday, September 21st: Cheryl’s Book Nook

Monday, September 24th: @hollyslittlebookreviews

Tuesday, September 25th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind

Wednesday, September 26th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, September 27th: A Bookworm’s World

Friday, September 28th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Instagram Tour:

Monday, August 27th: @shereadswithcats

Tuesday, August 28th: @read.write.coffee

Tuesday, August 28th: @tbretc

Wednesday, August 29th: @jennblogsbooks

Thursday, August 3oth: @love.books.and.coffee

Friday, August 31st: @thats_what_she_read

Friday, August 31st: @thepagesinbetween

Saturday, September 1st: @strandedinbooks

Sunday, September 2nd: @wherethereadergrows

Sunday, September 2nd: @suey_library

Sunday, September 2nd: @love_my_dane_sailor


I’m a PhD chemist who loves sarcasm, music, and books-paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and romance. Most of my free time is spent at the martial arts studio these days–whether practicing Combat Hapkido or reading books while watching my son’s Taekwondo classes, or even working up a sweat with Kickboxing for fun.

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