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.
OMG, this book. What a ride Ms. Ellison takes us on with it!
Like with the other book I’ve read from this author (Lie to Me) I don’t want to give away too much, so this review is going to be light on details. Trust me, you’re going to want to discover them for yourself with this one. I purposely didn’t re-read the blurb before I picked it up this week, and didn’t look at a single review until after I’d finished it–I just jumped right in. I swear I barely even breathed once I got about halfway through–I didn’t want anything to interrupt my reading time. I needed to see it through to the end…
Tear Me Apart, like Ms. Ellison’s previous book, is full of plot twists and turns. (Honestly, so much had already happened when I was only at the 25% point it was hard to believe. And yeah, things were only getting started!) You know someone is lying–at least one someone!–and it’s pretty clear early on that there’s an awful lot of convenient? suspicious? deaths going around, though the why isn’t immediately obvious. The who becomes horribly clear as the book progresses, though–and then watch out, because things start to happen really, really quickly and most of them are fairly scary…
And that’s all I’m going to say, because really, you need to read this one for yourself.
Phew! And now I need to decompress…maybe with a nice cup of decaf tea…
Though you’d better believe I’m going to take it straight, without any sweeteners at all.
(Because that’s how I always drink my tea. No. Other. Reason.) 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
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 literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.