The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is 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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Mira Books, Harlequin Books, and TLC Book Tours #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars.
Loved everything about this book! Loved the beginning, loved the middle, loved the end, and I especially loved the Authors Note, way to bring tears to my eyes J.T. Ellison!
Sometimes I have difficulty getting totally absorbed into books, until I reach the halfway point, and very rarely do I find myself sucked in early one. This book I was in love the first page. I was fascinated by the storyline. I found myself trying to solve the mystery, who was Liesel, and who was Vivian, and where does Mindy fit into this picture. A lot of them time with these kind of books, I just go with the flow, but this one, I was trying to figure it out, I wanted answers, and I didn’t want to wait. The ARC of this book is a beast and comes in at 485 pages, and I was itching to get to the end. Once I reached around 275 pages in, I was totally hooked, and picking this book up, every spare second I had.
I love Ellison’s writing, I LOVED her last book “Lie To Me” it was one of my top 5 reads last year. So getting the opportunity read this one early was a dream come true. I love her multi-faceted characters, the way she leads you to believe one thing, and then it ends up being something else entirely. Witnessing the friendship of Liesel and Vivian had, and reading the letters they exchanged with each other, was an added bonus, you got insight to these two women, you got to see what they suffered, and endured.
I loved Mindy and Juliet, they were my two favorite characters in this book. Mindy was tough, fierce, and determined. She was facing hell and she wasn’t scared. Juliet was a rock, she was everything for everyone, and when she realized something was off, she fixed it. She was selfless, and she always had Mindy’s best interests at heart. The dynamic between these two was heart-warming. If you’ve read the book, you will know what I mean.
I also really appreciated Ellison touched upon mental illness in young girls, and how critical it is to seek help, to not be embarrassed, and how important it is to tell someone when life becomes unhealthy. Such a superb book and major kudos’ to Ellison for shedding light on few very sensitive topics!
This book is out August 28th. I have included helpful links below.
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