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