Tear Me Apart
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.

Tear Me Apart Details

TitleTear Me Apart
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherMIRA
ISBN-139780778330004
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Tear Me Apart Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    4 shocking stars to Tear Me Apart! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Mindy Wright skis competitively, and she is on the verge of a breakout when she suffers a horrific crash. She sustains not just life-changing, but also life-threatening, injuries. Shockingly, her doctors find she has leukemia while she is undergoing surgery. When a stem cell transplant is what she needs to survive, both her parents receive routine screening. Neither is a match...and neither parent is biologically related to Mindy! Time is of the essence 4 shocking stars to Tear Me Apart! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Mindy Wright skis competitively, and she is on the verge of a breakout when she suffers a horrific crash. She sustains not just life-changing, but also life-threatening, injuries. Shockingly, her doctors find she has leukemia while she is undergoing surgery. When a stem cell transplant is what she needs to survive, both her parents receive routine screening. Neither is a match...and neither parent is biologically related to Mindy! Time is of the essence to save Mindy’s life, but in order to find a match, all the years of lies will have to be unfurled one at a time. Which parent knows the truth? And which one will take it too far to protect Mindy and the harbored secrets?Once Mindy is diagnosed with leukemia Tear Me Apart was off to the races with all the twists and turns. I did not find the twists overly shocking, but just enough to keep the tension mounting, layer upon added layer. When the pacing was on in this longer than average book, it was ON, and that made the time “commitment” more than worth it. Tear Me Apart encompasses family drama laden with secrets, while also addressing topics of mental illness, missing children, and competitive skiing. How they gel together is a captivating roller coaster ride of a read. Thank you to MIRA/Harlequin for the review copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Intensely Engrossing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 This book was no bunny slope, it was a black diamond run all the way! This was a book that left you exhilarated and a little cold... filled with twists and turns with many bumps along the way.... there were many high flying moments as well as some close crashes.... so strap on those skis fasten those goggles, and get ready for an intense ride down the slope with this book....Mindy Wright is a skiing prodigy on the brink of Olympic glory until.... a major cras 4.5 Intensely Engrossing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 This book was no bunny slope, it was a black diamond run all the way! This was a book that left you exhilarated and a little cold... filled with twists and turns with many bumps along the way.... there were many high flying moments as well as some close crashes.... so strap on those skis fasten those goggles, and get ready for an intense ride down the slope with this book....Mindy Wright is a skiing prodigy on the brink of Olympic glory until.... a major crash, a broken leg,and an unforeseen diagnosis, changes everything.... while in the hospital with her broken leg Mindy is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia... in need of a bone marrow transplant both her parents are tested, and when not only are they not a match they are not genetically related to Mindy.... Mindy’s perfect run at Life is now a perfect nightmare, and it isn’t only her bone that is shattered.... how is this possible? Was Mindy switched at birth? Or is the answer more dark and complicated than that? How many secrets run through this family and what have they done to protect them?Oh what a tangled web we weave.... and the untangling of this web was quite the thrilling ride.... I was probably suspicious of every single character in this book at one time or another with the exception of Mindy.... told from the perspective of multiple characters... you really saw this scenario unfold from every angle.... I thought this was such an impactful way to tell the story it kept me completely engrossed until I reach the finish line.... secrets leading to lies, lies leading to secrets, nobody ever knowing who to believe.... and in the middle of this crazy storm a girl who is fighting for her life!An engrossing book that will keep you turning those pages well after the ski lift closes.... with a ending that was both haunting and perfect....Absolutely recommend to fans of thrillers with complicated characters and a compelling plot.... this was definitely a gold medal read!🥇*** many thanks to Harlequin-Mira for my copy of this brilliant book ***
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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    What a tangled web of lies J. T. Ellison has created!!! The more I read in this book, the more shocked I became with the twisted trail of deception that was uncovered by a single incident. Ellison is a favorite author of mine, and I noticed she liked to play with the reader a bit. She doesn’t mind having flawed characters. In fact, Ellison’s work thrives on flawed characters! But her characters feel real because of that. They feel like they make mistakes, they forgive those they shouldn’t, they What a tangled web of lies J. T. Ellison has created!!! The more I read in this book, the more shocked I became with the twisted trail of deception that was uncovered by a single incident. Ellison is a favorite author of mine, and I noticed she liked to play with the reader a bit. She doesn’t mind having flawed characters. In fact, Ellison’s work thrives on flawed characters! But her characters feel real because of that. They feel like they make mistakes, they forgive those they shouldn’t, they lie in ways that are understandable and even ways you can empathize with. And then she hits you with those final twists and everything suddenly falls into place and you wonder how these characters got to this point! This book was a fun, twisty read that I completely loved!About the BookMindy Wright is a young star in the competitive skiing world, with a real shot at making the national team. Mindy has two parents who adore her, Lauren and Jasper Wright. They live in a gorgeous mountainside home, close to her training facility. They homeschool her so she can compete and train to make the team. And they love and support Mindy in every way.When Mindy takes a fall on her last qualifying run, her parent’s are devastated. Rushing Mindy to the hospital to have her broken leg fixed, they discover something shocking: Mindy has cancer and needs a stem cell transfusion. Desperate to help any way they can, Lauren and Jasper offer to be tested, only to discover something even more shocking: Mindy is not biologically related to them.With Mindy’s life on the line, Lauren and Jasper will do anything they can to protect their daughter. But what if their lies are the barrier to finding the match for Mindy? Is it possible her parents know more than they let on? Or is this a terrible mix-up with devastating consequences?ReflectionI’ve mentioned that J. T. Ellison is one of my favorite authors, and there is a reason for that. Ellison does not ever take the easy road through her novels. There is never a quick and easy twist, never a moment where a character gets off the hook, and she doesn’t baby her characters. We see her characters with all of their flaws, their lies, and their regrettable moments. And they are ALL liars to an extent. They lie to us, they lie to themselves, and sometimes they lie to eachother. I think many authors struggle with falling in love with their characters. And when that happens, it can be very difficult to show them with all of their good and bad traits. Ellison takes the reverse approach. Most of her characters seem awful at first, and then the more you know them the more human they become, and the more rootable. Her characters impression manage to an extreme degree—hiding themselves from the reader, the other characters, and sometimes even from themselves.Lauren and Jasper are such fascinating characters. You’ll go in finding them boring a bit entitled and overbearing of Mindy. But they love her so much, that its hard not to cheer them on. And as each other them become more real, I was drawn into the story. Then we have a mysterious third narrator with a seriously dark story. I was dying to know who this third narrator was and how she fits into the story! She has her own cast of characters way back in time, and each one fascinated me. Ellison uses this parallel story so effectively, laying out all of the pieces at just the right times.There are a lot of other great characters, but I don’t want to spoil the ride so I’ll keep them to myself. Except to say that there is a pretty great dog in the book named Kat (lol) and she is so cute and loveable, even over text!This is truly a story about the immense love of a mother and father for their daughter, and the horrifying secret that threatens to tear the family apart. Those lies we tell for the greater good come back to haunt us. And because we are all human, the lies tend to build. Instead of living in our truths, we bury ourselves in the lies we’ve created. To save Mindy’s life, a lot of lies need to be exposed. What a twisted tale!!!This was a buddy read with Melisa and Berit and we LOVED this book!!! See my blog post here!Many thanks to Harlequin MIRA and to J. T. Ellison for a copy of this book to review.
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  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by J.T. Ellison and it will not be my last! I was seriously impressed with Ellison’s writing and I have to admit, I have never had to look up so many words while reading a work of fiction - so hey thanks for increasing my vocabulary, Ms. Ellison!When seventeen year old professional skier, Mindy, breaks her leg in a competition, a series of events unravel which will change the course of her and her family’s life forever. This is a dark, multi-layered story that combines iss This was my first book by J.T. Ellison and it will not be my last! I was seriously impressed with Ellison’s writing and I have to admit, I have never had to look up so many words while reading a work of fiction - so hey thanks for increasing my vocabulary, Ms. Ellison!When seventeen year old professional skier, Mindy, breaks her leg in a competition, a series of events unravel which will change the course of her and her family’s life forever. This is a dark, multi-layered story that combines issues with mental and physical illness, and questions as to how far certain people will go for those they love. I certainly appreciated the author’s note where she mentions her inspiration and her support of suicide prevention. This is an important topic that is addressed within these pages. And I have to say Kat the dog was probably my favorite character in the whole book!This was a buddy read with my fellow @6bookbesties Mackenzie and Berit. Thank you to MIRA and Harlequin for my advance copy. This book is available today!
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsMindy Wright is teenage sensation. An Olympic hopeful Downhill Skier. The world is her oyster - that is until she break a leg on her last run down the mountain and loses the race. That not even the worst of it - when undergoing testing at the hospital, it is discovered that Mindy has a rare form of Leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant. When her parents are tested, a secret comes out. Neither are a match! Lauren, Mindy’s mother has known all along and yet she has never told anyone. No 3 StarsMindy Wright is teenage sensation. An Olympic hopeful Downhill Skier. The world is her oyster - that is until she break a leg on her last run down the mountain and loses the race. That not even the worst of it - when undergoing testing at the hospital, it is discovered that Mindy has a rare form of Leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant. When her parents are tested, a secret comes out. Neither are a match! Lauren, Mindy’s mother has known all along and yet she has never told anyone. Not her husband Jasper, or her sister Juliet. The question is why? And who are Mindy’s parents? Dun dun dun… Lauren Wright has a lot to hide. Her secrets however, are nothing, in comparison to her desire for her daughter to succeed and no one will get in the way of what she wants most. “Tear Me Apart” by J.T. Ellison is a wild and crazy fast-paced mystery / suspense. The underlying storyline is quite intriguing and it held my interest. However, there were several tangential storylines which I felt were a bit unnecessary and took away from the mystery. This is the second book I have read by J.T. Ellison, with “Lie To Me” being the first. As I enjoyed both novels, these will definitely not be my last. This was a buddy read with Kaceey! So happy that we read this one together!Thank you to NetGalley, HARLEQUIN - MIRA and J.T. Ellison for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 8.14.18.
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    3.25*Mindy Wright is the latest, greatest downhill ski phenom. She’s just become the teenage champion and now has her sights squarely on the Olympics. In such a dangerous sport, serious injuries are unavoidable. So it was no real surprise when Mindy took a nasty spill. But unbelievably, her skiing injuries are the least of her problems. Specialty surgeons quickly discover she has a potentially fatal illness. Now her most important race is against time, to do what’s necessary to find a cure for h 3.25*Mindy Wright is the latest, greatest downhill ski phenom. She’s just become the teenage champion and now has her sights squarely on the Olympics. In such a dangerous sport, serious injuries are unavoidable. So it was no real surprise when Mindy took a nasty spill. But unbelievably, her skiing injuries are the least of her problems. Specialty surgeons quickly discover she has a potentially fatal illness. Now her most important race is against time, to do what’s necessary to find a cure for her. It’s during this process that secrets and long hidden deeds are peeled back and exposed – leaving one major question: What’s the higher priority? Saving Mindy’s life, or keeping secrets hidden from everyone.This is the second book I’ve read by this author with the first - Lie to Me, that I could not put down. This one just didn’t quite hold the intensity of her previous release, but still a solid, fun read!It’s a rapid pace, light reading, and if that’s what you’re looking for you’ve got it! You’ll love this one. Personally for me, I was just looking for something a bit more...on par with J.T. Ellison’s last book.A buddy read with Susanne🌸Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin-MIRA and J.T. Ellison for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    After loving Lie to Me last year I knew that I had to pick up a copy of Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison and give it a read. Now after Tear Me Apart I might as well add J.T. Ellison to my short list of authors to just grab no questions asked.Mindy is an up and coming skier that the media is calling the next Lindsey Vonn who is in the process of trying out for the Olympic team when disaster strikes. At the last gate Mindy crashes and breaks her leg and is rushed to surgery where doctors find that sh After loving Lie to Me last year I knew that I had to pick up a copy of Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison and give it a read. Now after Tear Me Apart I might as well add J.T. Ellison to my short list of authors to just grab no questions asked.Mindy is an up and coming skier that the media is calling the next Lindsey Vonn who is in the process of trying out for the Olympic team when disaster strikes. At the last gate Mindy crashes and breaks her leg and is rushed to surgery where doctors find that she has a rare form of leukemia.Now of course Mindy’s parents will do whatever they can to help their daughter with her battle against cancer so they rush to get tested to become donors. When neither parent or her aunt are a match it looks as if Mindy may have been switched at birth but Lauren, Mindy’s mother is extremely against looking into the past.The story is told from multiple points of view across the book through separate sections. Each section has the readers peeling back more and more layers of the story as you work to uncover years worth of secrets and lies. The story is very easy to follow though even with the different POVs and times and from the opening pages I was completely hooked on the story and needed to know how it turn out. Definitely a thriller I’d recommend checking out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a few J.T. Ellison books over the last two years. When Tear Me Apart came out, I quickly added it to my TBR and looked forward to getting it scheduled in the queue. After reading lots of light cozy mysteries, I needed a stronger thriller or suspense last week and moved Tear Me Apart up on my list. I enjoyed the book a lot and walked away with tons of mixed emotions, ultimately settling on a solid 4 stars.Mindy Wright is a 17-year-old competitive skier who is likely about to join the US I've read a few J.T. Ellison books over the last two years. When Tear Me Apart came out, I quickly added it to my TBR and looked forward to getting it scheduled in the queue. After reading lots of light cozy mysteries, I needed a stronger thriller or suspense last week and moved Tear Me Apart up on my list. I enjoyed the book a lot and walked away with tons of mixed emotions, ultimately settling on a solid 4 stars.Mindy Wright is a 17-year-old competitive skier who is likely about to join the US Olympic Team. An accident on the slopes derails those hopes but also reveals she has leukemia. The rest of the book is an explosion of lies and secrets all culminating in discovering (1) Mindy's real parents, (2) how she became adopted, (3) what happened to several young girls in a psychological institute, and (4) what is the relationship between parents and children versus sisters. Since I don't want to give away too much about the plot, what you need to know is that this book will delve into how far a person will go to protect someone they love or something they desperately want.The book starts in complete discord and chaos -- in a good way. Different characters lead the first few chapters. We have perspective and POV from a few primary people in the book. We don't know how everyone relates to each other until at least fifty percent into the book. It's a suspenseful tale that draws you in... not immediately, but with each unraveling layer of the onion. It's a bit sweet, sometimes make you cry, but always leaves you with something more to keep discovering. Who's telling the truth? Who's leaving out some info and embellishing other history? It's confusing and all leads to a rather huge explosion.Let's start with the good. Character, plot and writing are all solid. They are well-depicted and keep you interested. Ellison chooses to only show Mindy's point of view in a handful of not-very-important scenes. The focus is on her biological parents and her adopted parents, as well as other interested parties and one kind aunt. How everyone fits together is intriguing, especially once you discover who's behind the letters Mindy finds in a locked closet in her house.Let's dance around the odd. One character goes from completely in control to completely out of control. I can support her slow unraveling... history coming back from the dead... the powers of psychosis taking over... but it was way too far. If you're crazy, you'll do some crazy stuff. But I still don't understand why 17 years later you go off the rails in a spectacularly insane finish. If the secret comes out, it does. You could have kept a bunch hidden and just said: "here's who your parents were" and "this is how you came to live with us." Also, we don't have nearly enough clarity on what was wrong with the bio mother to do the things she did. I understand depression can make you do things you wouldn't normally do, or feel things you shouldn't feel, but... the progression wasn't enough for me to completely believe it. For those reasons, I couldn't give this 5 stars.I thought about dropping it to a 3 or a 3.5, but ultimately, I couldn't put the book down. I found myself in constant attachment and wanting to know how did it happen. Sometimes I poked holes in the explanations only to find those same holes being explored chapters later. It's OBVIOUS the author went into extreme planning mode and truly wrote a complex thriller. It just didn't complete the webbing for me. I respect her talent and think because of my obsession to know what happened, I feel comfortable with 4 stars.Who else read it? What did you think? I will definitely read more from this author. She's a wonderful storyteller.
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  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI really didn’t want to read this book! You know, very slow stories with almost 500 pages aren't my cup of tea but then I thought what if I listen to the audio!?! So I tried it and really enjoyed the audio! It has 6 performers! Yes, exactly! SIX.PERFORMERS! And that was why I didn’t get bored! The narration was really good! The disappointment part was the ending, as usual! I guessed it from the start and was hoping that I’m wrong but unfortunately, I was right! It was so obvious! Told i 3.5 StarsI really didn’t want to read this book! You know, very slow stories with almost 500 pages aren't my cup of tea but then I thought what if I listen to the audio!?! So I tried it and really enjoyed the audio! It has 6 performers! Yes, exactly! SIX.PERFORMERS! And that was why I didn’t get bored! The narration was really good! The disappointment part was the ending, as usual! I guessed it from the start and was hoping that I’m wrong but unfortunately, I was right! It was so obvious! Told in multiple POV, both in 1st and 3rd person. It’s a standalone novel, really slow-paced with short chapters and a predictable ending, alternating between past and present! Overall, I enjoyed listening to the audio and hope you like it as well!
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just not my cup of hot chocolate. Mindy is a 17 year old skiing phenomenon when she breaks her leg during a downhill run. As a result of pre-surgery blood testing, Mindy and her parents discover that she has leukemia and ultimately are told that Mindy's mother is not her biological parent. GASP!!! I figured out without a doubt who Mindy's mother was on page 85 of 489 so that made it a long and tedious read for me. By the time the "how" of Mindy's parentage is revealed, I just didn't This book is just not my cup of hot chocolate. Mindy is a 17 year old skiing phenomenon when she breaks her leg during a downhill run. As a result of pre-surgery blood testing, Mindy and her parents discover that she has leukemia and ultimately are told that Mindy's mother is not her biological parent. GASP!!! I figured out without a doubt who Mindy's mother was on page 85 of 489 so that made it a long and tedious read for me. By the time the "how" of Mindy's parentage is revealed, I just didn't care anymore. I found Mindy to be unbelievable and her mother to be cliché. Fans of J.T Ellison will no doubt enjoy this book so I don't discourage anybody from reading it. Being my first read by this author I went in blindly to her style and unfortunately found it not to my liking. I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: The metal of the casket is the same color as the sky, murky gray with touches of glinting silver as the sun passes behind the clouds. The sound of sobbing, the cries of the justified, the flailing of my heart. Why did I choose such a big casket? She doesn't fit. It's the smallest adult coffin they have, but it's still too large. She is lost inside. They should have handled this. The padding needed to be expanded so her body doesn't jostle. The body. Her body. The words I've heard in the EXCERPT: The metal of the casket is the same color as the sky, murky gray with touches of glinting silver as the sun passes behind the clouds. The sound of sobbing, the cries of the justified, the flailing of my heart. Why did I choose such a big casket? She doesn't fit. It's the smallest adult coffin they have, but it's still too large. She is lost inside. They should have handled this. The padding needed to be expanded so her body doesn't jostle. The body. Her body. The words I've heard in the past few days are ones I never expected - new, untried, untested. Casket. Body. Funeral. Viewing. Embalming. Autopsy. Severed. Seven-inch non-corrosive steel blade. Homicide. ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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. MY THOUGHTS: Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison is the, most aptly named book I have ever read. It did tear me apart. I ran the whole gamut of my emotions, multiple times. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked, appalled, horrified, excited, scared, tense, and utterly captivated. And then, when I was 90% through, and my Kindle ran out of charge - I thought the world had come to an end! I could not bear it! I paced. I pleaded with the Gods. I invoked ancient charms. I chewed my lip, and raked my hands through my hair, all to no avail. I simply had to wait. . . The tension builds slowly, but build it does, into a series of earth shattering peaks, each higher than the last. I gave up chewing my nails years ago but, my goodness, they took a hammering with this read. And the crescendo is. . . well, words fail me. There are a lot of complex issues dealt with in this book. Child abduction, child trafficking, cancer, depression and suicide. Depression and suicide touch all our lives, and while you or I may or may not suffer directly, we all know someone who does, whose life is affected by the 'black dog'. And at this point, I would like to quote from the author's note at the end of the book. . .' 'Some day darker than usual.' It is this I want you to remember, should you ever find yourselfin the darkness. This feeling is temporary, no matter how cruel and pervasive it feels. It will get better. There is hope. I hope this book will allow us to have more open dialoguesabout mental illness. There is no shame in a diagnosis of depression, or bipolar disorder, or severe anxiety, or any other mental illness. On the contrary, a diagnosis should be celebrated, because you, or your friend, or your family member has been brave enough to seek help. A wonderful doctor once told us there is no difference in these diagnoses than discovering you have diabetes - your body simply doesn't process the same way another's does. It is something to remember, and with that mentality, perhaps we can erase the stigma altogether. 'There are so many facets to this book, it is like the world's most intricately cut diamond. But at no point while I read, did I ever feel confused. J. T. Ellison knows her stuff. Tear Me Apart has earned a whole super-nova of stars from me. 💖💖💖💖💖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.DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harlequin-Mira via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Wow... Tear Me Apart is quite the ride my friends. This is a fast paced mystery/thriller that will leave your neck sore from turning back and forth!I think it's best to go in blind with this one and avoid reading other people's reviews. The underlying story line is quite intriguing and has multiple layers to peel with this onion. Talk about years worth of lies and lies. Characterization is a definitely a strong point in this story. Each character is well developed and adds more depth to the over Wow... Tear Me Apart is quite the ride my friends. This is a fast paced mystery/thriller that will leave your neck sore from turning back and forth!I think it's best to go in blind with this one and avoid reading other people's reviews. The underlying story line is quite intriguing and has multiple layers to peel with this onion. Talk about years worth of lies and lies. Characterization is a definitely a strong point in this story. Each character is well developed and adds more depth to the overall plot. Can I just say I loved Zach and his fury companion Kat!!! Oooooo so darn cute! <3 <3. And.. surprise surprise... I found out the overall storyline not even half way through. I think I need to chill out on my detective skills... they never fail me. I of course knew each character that was lying etc and was spot on. This was a bit of a bummer for me considering I guess tad bit predictable? Also, I felt the ending was dragging on a lot. The book was almost 500 pages... too much added fluff that wasn't necessary to the main story.Overall, decent entertaining read. 3.5/5 starsThank you so much to Harlequin/Mira and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.Published to GR: 8/20/18Publication date: 8/28/18
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy Wright--an up and coming competitive teenage skier-- breaks her leg in competition. During surgery, doctors discover that Mindy is sick: she has an aggressive form of leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant. But when her family is tested, it is discovered that Mindy's parents are not her biological parents. What does this mean? Was she switched at birth, or did something more dark and dramatic happen? At the core, Mindy needs to live. But beyond that, what are the ramifications for the W Mindy Wright--an up and coming competitive teenage skier-- breaks her leg in competition. During surgery, doctors discover that Mindy is sick: she has an aggressive form of leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant. But when her family is tested, it is discovered that Mindy's parents are not her biological parents. What does this mean? Was she switched at birth, or did something more dark and dramatic happen? At the core, Mindy needs to live. But beyond that, what are the ramifications for the Wright family? What secrets will be revealed and uncovered while trying to save their precious daughter? This was a dramatic and interesting story that grabbed me from the beginning. The first portion is told from the perspective of three women: Mindy, age 17; her mother, Lauren; and Lauren's sister, Juliet, who actually works as a scientist in a DNA crime lab. This gives Juliet early and easy access to DNA samples relating to Mindy and the "case" as it progresses on. We also get excerpts of letters that appear to be from or relating to a psychiatric hospital in the early 1990s. All of this makes for an interesting and compelling format to our story, with a slow and steady reveal of strange information that you know does not add up: a twisted web of secrets and lies. We are immediately left wondering what happened with Mindy--how is she not Lauren's daughter? What is going on? I do not want to go into too much detail and ruin much of the plot, but I found this one very intriguing, as I was wondering where the story would go. I might have been a little slow on the uptake as to who was Mindy's real mother, but I did find it exciting to put all the pieces together. I really liked the characters of Mindy and Juliet and a few others who were introduced later on (the story is told in various parts, so you get some different narrators, too). In true Ellison fashion, there's some great drama and a few good "whoa" moments, as well. When I first started the book, I hadn't refreshed myself on the description, and I was a little worried that this would be more of a family drama than a mystery, but have no fear--while this family has more than their share of drama, there's a great mystery/thriller aspect as well. In fact, the novel can get downright creepy at times, with a villain who can give you the chills. Overall, I thought this was another winner from Ms. Ellison. It's a quick, engaging read with interesting characters and a plot that encourages you to put the pieces together. She's quickly becoming a go-to author of mine. I'm actually chasing down her Taylor Jackson series on Paperbackswap, because I want to read more of her books! If you enjoy a dramatic, quick-moving thriller, I highly recommend this one! 4+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you!); it as available everywhere as of 08/28/2018. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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  • Kim ~ Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    5+++ stars from me! I have read quite a bit of really good books this year and this is one of them. This is a book that is going to stay with me. I requested this ARC simply based on the fact that I really like the last two books I have read by this author. No One Knows and Lie to Me were 5 stars in my book. So I had pretty high expectations. What I didn't know is that she managed to exceed them. This is my favorite work so far by her. Mindy Wright is a 17 year old blazing the slopes as a champi 5+++ stars from me! I have read quite a bit of really good books this year and this is one of them. This is a book that is going to stay with me. I requested this ARC simply based on the fact that I really like the last two books I have read by this author. No One Knows and Lie to Me were 5 stars in my book. So I had pretty high expectations. What I didn't know is that she managed to exceed them. This is my favorite work so far by her. Mindy Wright is a 17 year old blazing the slopes as a champion downhill skier. She is in the running for making the Olympic team. All she has to do is ace this competition. Then it happens, she falls and has to be hospitalized for her injury to her leg with surgery pending. There is still hope for her Olympic dream, until the doctors discover by accident that she has leukemia. She has been tired lately but thought it was just her training schedule. Upon learning that she had leukemia, I instantly thought oh great, I don't want to read a depressing book. I am a nurse and I deal with enough illness and death that I just don't like to read about it when I am trying to decompress from whatever I have dealt with during my work day. Much to my surprise, it wasn't like that with this book. Somehow even with that being part of the story, it just wasn't a depressing story to me. Upon being diagnosed with leukemia this book develops into so many twists. They weren't random though, they all were shocking, but it blended so well with the story, it seemed like real life. It wasn't a bunch of shock value twists. It was just a twisted story of a family that sucks you in. I honestly didn't want the book to end. Just when you thought another detail to this story couldn't be added, there is another one. Quite possibly my favorite line was "Why can't this bitch just stay dead." Multiple deaths, missing children, mental illness, suicides. Seem like too much? Not a chance. This is a perfectly spun story that I truly enjoyed reading. On a side note, I highly suggest reading the author's note at the end of the book. It actually brought me to tears, it is very touching and heartfelt. As someone in the medical field I was impressed by her medical terminology and details. Thanks for another great read J.T. Ellison!Thank you to J.T. Ellison, Harlequin Mira and NetGalley for this ARC
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  • Lisa Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this thriller! I have been a fan of Ellison’s books for years but I particularly enjoyed this tale of family secrets. The characters are so well done—you immediately fall in love with the ski prodigy daughter, and care about what’s going to happen next. Add to that a plot full of unexpected twists and turns, and this is a perfect page turner. Definitely a great way to spend the weekend!
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  • Krystin Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Book Blog | Bookstagram “The words I’ve heard in the past few days are ones I never expected – new, untried, untested. Casket. Body. Funeral. Viewing. Embalming. Autopsy. Severed. Seven-inch non-corrosive steel blade. Homicide.” Opening Hook: Broken bones, broken dreamsMain Character: Shouldn’t keep blood secrets when your sister works with DNAPlot Twisty-ness: Are coincidences considered twists?Okay, okay, OKAY. Y’all know I love me some J.T. Ellison.It all started with her Taylor Jackson serie Book Blog | Bookstagram “The words I’ve heard in the past few days are ones I never expected – new, untried, untested. Casket. Body. Funeral. Viewing. Embalming. Autopsy. Severed. Seven-inch non-corrosive steel blade. Homicide.” Opening Hook: Broken bones, broken dreamsMain Character: Shouldn’t keep blood secrets when your sister works with DNAPlot Twisty-ness: Are coincidences considered twists?Okay, okay, OKAY. Y’all know I love me some J.T. Ellison.It all started with her Taylor Jackson series a damn decade ago (ugh, that makes me feel old) and I’ve been a loyal reader ever since. I love tough women writing tough women, it’s a thing.Ellison’s move from series writer to standalones started with Lie to Me, which most people loved, except for yours truly.What can I say? I’m a picky fucking reader.I had a few issues with the pacing of Lie to Me (the second half sucked the life out of it) and with the ending (“it was all for nothing, just a giant misunderstanding” doesn’t really work for me. that’s not a twist,) but I’m happy to say that I liked Tear Me Apart a lot. I didn’t love it. It’s not the best thing I’ve read this year, but it’s a good read. It’s not a waste of your time, at all.And we all know how much I hate wasting my reading time.Personally, I’m going to blame Riley Sager for the bar he’s set with me when it comes to thriller writing. If you’re not giving me Sager-style twists at this point, five stars are going to be out of reach.But truthfully, I save my five-star ratings for books I want to turn into liquid form and inject directly into my veins on an IV drip.So, with perspective, 4 stars is a really good rating for me.In Tear Me Apart, there are a lot of moving parts and some of it requires a gleeful suspension of disbelief that doesn’t come exactly easily to me, because even in the world of make-believe, I’m still looking for the basics to make a kind of logical sense. I want things to be thought through. Even if we’re talking about dragons and wizards.Here, you have a prodigy Team USA skier who just happens to break a leg which just happens to lead to the discovery some terrible form of cancer, which just happens to reveal some biological parentage questions, which just happens to reveal a murderous family secret, and you’re little sister just happens to be a DNA expert…It was a little bit too much in terms of the domino effect and convenience of revelation. I suppose I like my plot lines to have a bit more intention, and a little less coincidence. But, if you can let that part go, then you’re in a for a ride.There are a lot of heavy themes that are dealt with through the course of the story – cancer, relationships, child abduction, the aftermath of tragedy, depression and suicide and a mother’s love.Ellison tackles all of these themes head-on. She never shies away from trying to put the most human and honest lens onto the situation and the characters, even if that means revealing flaws that don’t have a good excuse.Yes, I ate all the Halloween candy already. I don’t know what you want me to say!? I can’t control myself! Don’t let me buy Halloween candy so early. Christ!This dedication to honesty and character development makes this a more lengthy read, but well worth it for the emotional experience, and the connection you develop to the characters, even the more sinister ones. There’s also some flashback, psych ward scenes that lend to backstory and mental health history which were maybe some of my favourite scenes.Because you know, if there’s anything I love more than eating all the Halloween candy three weeks before Halloween, it’s a psych ward setting.This novel is like an onion, each layer revealing new lies that have been festering and covered up, more secrets about the character’s pasts and motivations – mostly everything said and done in an effort to protect the child at the centre of it all, Mindy Wright. The golden child. The skiing prodigy.It would have been really easy to write Mindy as being super annoying, too good and too perfect and too talented, but Ellison managed to create a humble and genuine sun for the rest of the characters to rotate around. Even in her excellence. Even in her darkest moments.It does raise the question of how Mindy could possibly have been raised to be that ideal of a child, considering…I was also left hanging a little bit on the storyline of Dr. Castillo. She clearly had nothing to do with the events 18 years ago, so how did anyone even know to mention her, to weave that story, to tell that lie? That any of her crimes lined-up in terms of dates and locations… oh it’s just a bigggggg coincidence? Just the perfect excuse plopping into someone’s lap? Please.But that’s just one issue I had with an otherwise deeply developed novel that can hold your interest for a full 500 pages with rich characters and dramatic layers. The pacing is slower than that of Lie to Me, but the investment you develop in the story, into the lives of the Wrights, is a call back to Lie to Me, where the reader was hooked on the outcome, connected to the characters and their fates.This is a thriller, but it’s also a family saga, one that plays up the sinister tones of the lengths a mother will go to protect her child, to have a child, to make sure a child is safe when you don’t feel you can be the one to provide that safety.Though it relies a bit too heavily on coincidence and is slightly predictable, with a few loose ends, Tear Me Apart is a book deserving of your time. 4 stars.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I have so many books on my to-be-read list that by the time I get around to reading one, I rarely remember the synopsis. I am glad I didn't bother to refresh my memory and instead just dove into this one because I think it works better as a compelling read the less you know ahead of time. In my opinion the twists and turns the story took are half the reason this was an entertaining read.The action goes back and forth among different characters and for the most part I thought that enhanced the st I have so many books on my to-be-read list that by the time I get around to reading one, I rarely remember the synopsis. I am glad I didn't bother to refresh my memory and instead just dove into this one because I think it works better as a compelling read the less you know ahead of time. In my opinion the twists and turns the story took are half the reason this was an entertaining read.The action goes back and forth among different characters and for the most part I thought that enhanced the story rather than made it annoying that it bounced around so much. The book does contain one of my least liked characters in recent memory and I can't tell you how many times I had the urge to just want to shake the person. The story without a doubt held my interest but it did run a bit long. For sure it could have been trimmed down by at least 50 pages. In some ways the story loses a bit of steam towards the end but overall it was a good read and I look forward to reading some of the author's other novels. I highly recommend reading the Author's Note at the end because it provided some good context into the writing process.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy Wright, 17-year-old darling of the ski slopes, is an Olympic contender until a breathtaking downhill crash leaving her in the hospital with a broken leg. But maybe this is a blessing in disguise. While undergoing surgery, doctors find that she is suffering from a severe form of leukemia and only a stem cell transplant is her only hope.Bad things go even worse. When her parents are tested to be donors, they discover that her father is not he father. But the family knows this already .. he a Mindy Wright, 17-year-old darling of the ski slopes, is an Olympic contender until a breathtaking downhill crash leaving her in the hospital with a broken leg. But maybe this is a blessing in disguise. While undergoing surgery, doctors find that she is suffering from a severe form of leukemia and only a stem cell transplant is her only hope.Bad things go even worse. When her parents are tested to be donors, they discover that her father is not he father. But the family knows this already .. he adopted Mindy when she was just a baby. What really changes everything is that Mindy is also not related to her mother.What follows will tear this family apart. Decades of secrets will have to taken out of the shadows. The desperate fight to keep those secrets and the darkness within will cost them everything.How far will a mother go to protect her child, her life?I have followed this author for quite a while and each of her books seem to get better and better. TEAR ME APART is an amazing story that kept me riveted from the very first page, and the second half of the story left me chewing a few fingernails.This is probably one of the best I've read this year!Many thanks to the author / Harlequin-Mira / Netgalley for the advanced digit copy of this suspenseful crime thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes: There is a nurse named Eleanor Snow who runs the ward, but we all call her Ratchet because she is a bitch. No one said we had to be original.She doesn’t want to die. She feels the cancer moving through her, like a shadow in her blood. It has grown in the past few days, is becoming harder and harder to fight... Its snapping jaws are just there, out of reach, but for how long? The words are absurd. This is one of those bizarre nightmares where you’re dreaming inside of a dream, a Favorite Quotes: There is a nurse named Eleanor Snow who runs the ward, but we all call her Ratchet because she is a bitch. No one said we had to be original.She doesn’t want to die. She feels the cancer moving through her, like a shadow in her blood. It has grown in the past few days, is becoming harder and harder to fight... Its snapping jaws are just there, out of reach, but for how long? The words are absurd. This is one of those bizarre nightmares where you’re dreaming inside of a dream, and you know you’re dreaming, so you tell yourself to go ahead and wake up because this isn’t fun at all.“Show me the Milky Way, Mommy. I want to see the candy bars in the sky"… She was so mad when she found out that the sky didn’t have chocolate in it.Everything here is dirty; though it’s been cleaned, again and again, the stink of raw bleach hangs on every corner like a blanket. Bleach and fear, the prison olfactory. Plus the dirt of a thousand people, grimed into the history of the place. My Review: There was much beneath the surface of this slowly developing and captivating story; it was maddeningly paced yet in the end, I appreciated the cunning and craftiness of the plot. J.T. Ellison is an evil genius. I had initially devised a theory of a terrorist plot but quickly abandoned that when I easily identified the culprit although I had no idea of all the complex twists and turns and nuances there were to this tale. There were lots of clues as well as misdirections, yet the mounting incidents and the number of deceased in various cities and occupations were cleverly situated and although the deaths seemed incidental and easy to explain their occurrence was far too often to not be foul play. The writing was top quality, engrossing, and flowed smoothly in an alluringly addictive and enticing manner and while I wouldn’t call it a thriller, it certainly held my attention and kept me well entertained and glued to my Kindle. I also greatly treasured the recognition of Project Semicolon in the author’s ending notes.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 starsThis review will be short and sweet, because it's really one of those novels that you need to go in blind for (so don't read more than the synopsis, folks). In true JT Ellison fashion, Tear Me Apart is a wild ride, told by an author who is a master of her craft. Mindy Wright is an up and coming professional skier with the whole world ahead of her. She is on the verge of great success, with the possibility of joining the US Olympic team. Mindy's dreams come crushing down on her after 3.5/5 starsThis review will be short and sweet, because it's really one of those novels that you need to go in blind for (so don't read more than the synopsis, folks). In true JT Ellison fashion, Tear Me Apart is a wild ride, told by an author who is a master of her craft. Mindy Wright is an up and coming professional skier with the whole world ahead of her. She is on the verge of great success, with the possibility of joining the US Olympic team. Mindy's dreams come crushing down on her after a ski injury, and she finds herself in the midst of a cancer scare. The doctors tell Mindy that she's suffering from Leukemia, but if she can have a stem cell transplant, it would greatly increase her chance at survival. After the doctors run tests, neither her parents nor aunt are a match. Confused and inquisitive, Mindy's aunt dives deeper into the situation and finds out that Mindy also doesn't have matching DNA—she is not biologically related to them. As time develops, the group must find out what exactly is at play here. Was Mindy switched at birth? The family must find out before Mindy's time runs out.JT Ellison is one of the best writers I've ever encountered—let me just say that right now. I did feel that my expectations for Tear Me Apart were unreasonably high after reading Lie to Me, and as a reader, I'm urging you to look at these stories in a different light. Tear Me Apart is vastly different than Ellison's previous works, which is a testament to her writing capability and creativity. I felt that the pacing of Tear Me Apart was slower than what I was used to with her previous stories, but her writing is the strongest it's ever been. My advice, don't be a Dennis. Do not go into Tear Me Apart and begin to compare it to Lie to Me, but go in with an open mind. Ellison's writing continues to hold a grip with readers and I just know that Tear Me Apart will be an impressive Fall release. Thank you MIRA Books for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    I know I am not going to make many friends with this review as I am in the minority, and this book has many four and five star ratings. This is the first book I've ever read by this author and I must say I wasn't impressed. I really felt talked down to while reading this book. It's as if the author was writing for a child and had to explain EVERY. SINGLE. THING. Not cool Ms. Ellison. I also found that a lot of the book just wasn't plausible, like the aunt knowing the password to patient files at I know I am not going to make many friends with this review as I am in the minority, and this book has many four and five star ratings. This is the first book I've ever read by this author and I must say I wasn't impressed. I really felt talked down to while reading this book. It's as if the author was writing for a child and had to explain EVERY. SINGLE. THING. Not cool Ms. Ellison. I also found that a lot of the book just wasn't plausible, like the aunt knowing the password to patient files at the hospital. As a reader I found I was being asked to let too many unlikely scenarios slide and it insulted my intelligence. This book just got worse and worse as I read on, it was just unbelievably unbelieveable. There was a lot going on in this story, many side plots and there are also three different time lines. I usually like this type of book but in this case it simply made each part of the book weak. I would have preferred that the author stick to one or two story lines, it would have made a much better novel, wouldn't have been more than 400 pages and maybe I wouldn't have guessed the big reveal a third of the way through the book. The worse part was when halfway through she just HAD to add a romance too. I am all for romance, but it just shouldn't have been part of this story; with those characters.So let's end this on a more positive note. It was obvious the author did a lot of research on DNA and I learned a lot about bloodwork and stem cells. The idea was very unique and I did like the premise, I just wasn't a fan of the execution. At least I can knock another author off my "never read before" list.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    There has not been an book by JT Ellison that I have not loved.....and Tear Me Apart did not disappoint at all. She is an author whose writing is emotional and honest and I can't get enough. This book made me cry, smile and think - it is a rollercoaster of emotions and I loved it!!Mindy Walker is a competitive skier, well on her way to representing the USA in the winter Olympics...until she crashes and breaks her leg. Whilst in surgery for her leg, doctors discover that she is seriously ill with There has not been an book by JT Ellison that I have not loved.....and Tear Me Apart did not disappoint at all. She is an author whose writing is emotional and honest and I can't get enough. This book made me cry, smile and think - it is a rollercoaster of emotions and I loved it!!Mindy Walker is a competitive skier, well on her way to representing the USA in the winter Olympics...until she crashes and breaks her leg. Whilst in surgery for her leg, doctors discover that she is seriously ill with an aggressive form of leukemia. After trying chemotherapy the doctors decide that a stem cell transfer is her only hope. Her family are all tested - and her life is turned upside down when the results show that she is not related to them. Her whole life has been a lie and she has no idea who she is anymore or who her real family are. Years of lies and secrets start to come out in an attempt to save Mindy's life. But how far will a mother go to protect her child and her past?This is a story of love, trust and betrayal. Of how mental illness affects people and the ones that they love. 2 families torn apart. I absolutely loved it and its characters. Thank you to Harlequin MIRA and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    A unique thrill ride from start to finish - psychiatric hospitals, family secrets and professional skiing? How are these various stories connected over time? JT Ellison weaves a flawless integration that kept me wanting to know more the entire time! Down to the very last page, I was on the edge of my seat questioning what would happen next!Thank you to Harlequin for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up. I really wanted to love Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison, I really did. Unfortunately, this one ended up being more of a "like" for me, and I didn't love it near as much as Lie to Me.What it's about: 17 year old Mindy Wright is quickly rising in the ranks of competitive skiing, and seems like a shoo-in to qualify for the US Olympic Team. That is, until a horrible crash jeopardizes both her skiing career and her life. While at the hospital doctors discover that Mindy is sufferin ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up. I really wanted to love Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison, I really did. Unfortunately, this one ended up being more of a "like" for me, and I didn't love it near as much as Lie to Me.What it's about: 17 year old Mindy Wright is quickly rising in the ranks of competitive skiing, and seems like a shoo-in to qualify for the US Olympic Team. That is, until a horrible crash jeopardizes both her skiing career and her life. While at the hospital doctors discover that Mindy is suffering from a very aggressive form of leukemia, and the only thing that can save her life is a stem cell transplant. But when her parents and aunt are tested no one is a match, and even more curious, Mindy is not actually their daughter. Now with the race to save Mindy's life huge question begin to emerge, who are her real parents and how did she end up with the people she's lived with for 17 years? The book skips around between current day Colorado, and past which takes place in a mental health hospital in Nashville. I loved the switches between past and present, but I actually wish more of the past had been included. All the "why" would stem from the past, and I don't feel like I got enough of the 'why' in this book.I loved the pacing of the novel, although it was a bit slower in some parts than others. Even in the slower parts I still managed to fly through it, and I stayed up until 2:30 AM just to finish. I think Ellison is a master at her craft, especially considering how different this book was from Lie to Me (and her other books from what I've heard). I like that she tried something different here, but I also think this book was a little long. It clocks in at almost 500 pages and I really didn't think it needed to be that long. My other semi-large issue with Tear Me Apart was that it was just way too predictable for me. None of the twists actually shocked me, and I saw most of it coming. That being said, I still loved how the story built and seeing how layer after layer was unraveled.Final Thought: I believe it is best going into this one blind, so I don't want to say too much more. I recommend to fans of J.T. Ellison (just know you are getting a different type of book from Lie to Me) and to people that love seeing a web of lies and betrayal unfold in their books. This novel was a doozy and if you can't predict what is going to happen you are probably going to love it. I can't wait to see what Ellison will come up with next!
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    How far will a mother go to protect her child?J.T. Ellison’s new novel is jam-packed with riveting family drama.. and with a multitude of deception flying around it took me on a non-stop THRILL ride! It also deals with important issues of mental illness and suicide.Teen sensation Mindy is an Olympic skiing contender until a downhill crash hospitalizes her with a broken leg. While undergoing surgery doctors discover she has leukemia. Bad goes to worst, she finds her “parents” aren’t matches as bl How far will a mother go to protect her child?J.T. Ellison’s new novel is jam-packed with riveting family drama.. and with a multitude of deception flying around it took me on a non-stop THRILL ride! It also deals with important issues of mental illness and suicide.Teen sensation Mindy is an Olympic skiing contender until a downhill crash hospitalizes her with a broken leg. While undergoing surgery doctors discover she has leukemia. Bad goes to worst, she finds her “parents” aren’t matches as blood donors. What follows tears her family and life apart. With bodies dropping like flies you ask yourself who’s the villain causing all this.. who can you REALLY TRUST?!!Multiple murders, a psychiatric hospital, dark secrets.. what’s not to love, this story has it all. Highly recommending this one! 5 ☆
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  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much Harlequin and MIRA Books for providing my free copy of TEAR ME APART by J.T. Ellison - all opinions are my own.I was obsessed with LIE TO ME so I knew I had to read this book! And guess what?...it totally exceeded my expectations! Although, I wouldn’t put this one in the exact same category, as it’s more of a book of carefully crafted slow reveals and suspense.Mindy, an Olympics-bound 17-year-old Colorado skier, takes a brutal fall on the slopes and is rushed to the hospital. A Thank you so much Harlequin and MIRA Books for providing my free copy of TEAR ME APART by J.T. Ellison - all opinions are my own.I was obsessed with LIE TO ME so I knew I had to read this book! And guess what?...it totally exceeded my expectations! Although, I wouldn’t put this one in the exact same category, as it’s more of a book of carefully crafted slow reveals and suspense.Mindy, an Olympics-bound 17-year-old Colorado skier, takes a brutal fall on the slopes and is rushed to the hospital. After running a few tests, the doctor discovers she has leukemia and is in desperate need of a stem-cell transplant. Only one problem: her parents, Lauren and Jasper Wright, are not a genetic match. Lauren and Jasper adore Mindy, love and support her in every way, and are absolutely devastated by the news. So what is this mix up all about? You’ll have to read to find out.This story is so clever in the way Ellison takes a single incident and leads you down a twisty path of lies and betrayal. And true to form, Ellison writes brilliantly flawed characters that just suck you right in to every part of the story. I honestly could not put this book down. It’s always compelling when mental illness is incorporated into a plot and I was fascinated by the DNA information referenced. Ellison did her research and wrote these characters with such depth and authenticity. The book’s pace and format are superb and I enjoyed reading the letters between Vivian and Liesel as it gave great insight into the backstory. Strong, brave female characters are my favorite to read and Mindy was written as just that. And please make sure you read the ‘author’s note’ at the end, as Ellison touches on a few things you won’t want to miss.
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  • MissBecka
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing ideas in this book and I was really excited to read this.The writing is wonky (I don't know how to explain it...it's just "off" for me).It felt dragged out at times. Had far too much detail for some of the less important and mundane things/acts/scenes.It was interesting. I just think it could have been about 250 pages shorter than it was and still would have crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's on the backstory and mystery.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    'Tear Me Apart' is the follow-up novel to 'Lie To Me' written by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison, and having loved 'Lie To Me' I was so excited to read this. It didn't disappoint!Mindy is a professional skier and superstar of tomorrow, who whilst on the slopes injures herself and is taken to hospital. But a broken bone is not the only thing they discover, she also has an aggressive form of Leukemia. Whilst the doctors work out what are the best forms of treatment for 'Tear Me Apart' is the follow-up novel to 'Lie To Me' written by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison, and having loved 'Lie To Me' I was so excited to read this. It didn't disappoint!Mindy is a professional skier and superstar of tomorrow, who whilst on the slopes injures herself and is taken to hospital. But a broken bone is not the only thing they discover, she also has an aggressive form of Leukemia. Whilst the doctors work out what are the best forms of treatment for her she is asked to give some blood for analysis, little do the doctors know they are setting into motion a chain of devastating revelations when it is discovered that her parents aren't actually her biological parents. Why would they lie to her about such important details? Who are they really? How did they come to be her family?This is rather a slow-burn in terms of pace, but I didn't have any issues with this as the story had me in a chokehold from early on, and I was so engaged I hadn't realised I had almost finished! I liked the originality of the plot especially as most stories have been done to death in the crime genre s0 finding something unique is quite a feat these days. The standout feature for me has to be the writing though, it gave the whole book a real authentic feel to it which I loved. You really sympathise with the characters, especially Mindy, and they are all really likeable and realistic people. Ellison also infuses the plot with elements that tug on the old heartstrings and could melt even the coldest of hearts. At its heart, this is a tale of family, secrets, lies, deception and the question of whether family ties can survive and endure when important truths are kept from the from someone. Can something ever be kept from someone for the greater good or is it always preferable that that person knows the truth no matter how ugly it may be?Many thanks to Harlequin - MIRA for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5If, like me you were a big fan of Ellison’s last book, Lie to Me then you’ve been just as excited as I was about checking out Tear Me Apart. While I throughly enjoyed both books this is very different from LTM, but in a good way. While it definitely is a domestic suspense it focuses more on the dynamics of an entire family instead of a marriage and examines the relationships between mothers and daughters as well as sisters with a little marital strife thrown in. Just wanted to throw that ou 4.5/5If, like me you were a big fan of Ellison’s last book, Lie to Me then you’ve been just as excited as I was about checking out Tear Me Apart. While I throughly enjoyed both books this is very different from LTM, but in a good way. While it definitely is a domestic suspense it focuses more on the dynamics of an entire family instead of a marriage and examines the relationships between mothers and daughters as well as sisters with a little marital strife thrown in. Just wanted to throw that out there so you have the right expectation before diving in.I know next to nothing about the world of competitive skiing so I was a little unsure how that aspect would interest me but it was oddly fascinating for me. Maybe it’s because Mindy was hands down my favorite character of the bunch, but highly competitive sports of any nature are so physically and mentally grueling and I was totally invested in Mindy’s career and overall well being. Lauren is Mindy’s mom and she is a typical suburban housewife, albeit with an Olympic hopeful for a child, and Juliet is Lauren’s sister. They dynamics between these three never failed to engage me, you have a teenager who finds out her parents aren’t her biological parents, a mom who either doesn’t have or doesn’t want to share any answers and a sister/aunt trying to keep the peace. There is so much more going on than what I referenced but that alone was more than enough to hook me.Ellison is tricky, as much as I was into this one I kept thinking I knew pretty much what would happen. Nope, she got me and in the last quarter of the book there were several shocking reveals that left me in awe of her meticulous plotting and attention to detail. There’s something both sharp and fluid about her writing style that just works for me, she’s an incredibly strong writer and she really knows how to weave an intriguing tale full of betrayals, lies, secrets and pain. She’s an auto buy author for me at this point, I’m always entertained by her books and have a hard time putting them down.Tear Me Apart in three words: Engrossing, Sharp and Compelling.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    This book, like its title, tore me apart. It was very difficult to set down. The main character is Mindy, a teenage ski sensation, an Olympic hopeful, until an accident on the slopes causes her to crash and fall, badly injuring her leg. It’s while she’s in the hospital that she’s found to have leukemia and will need chemo and eventually stem cells from a relative. Well now, THAT presents a very big problem, because she’s “illegally adopted.” And this is where the story takes off with a mess of s This book, like its title, tore me apart. It was very difficult to set down. The main character is Mindy, a teenage ski sensation, an Olympic hopeful, until an accident on the slopes causes her to crash and fall, badly injuring her leg. It’s while she’s in the hospital that she’s found to have leukemia and will need chemo and eventually stem cells from a relative. Well now, THAT presents a very big problem, because she’s “illegally adopted.” And this is where the story takes off with a mess of secrets, lies and betrayals; depression, suicide and mental health issues, child abuse, pre and post- partum depression, criminal child trafficking, a shady doctor and accomplice, murder and premeditated attempted murder. It’s a steady, sad and suspenseful story with Mindy’s declining health necessitating finding her real family quickly, though, disturbingly, there are those who would prefer this not happen because it will expose all their lies and ruin many lives. The entire cast of characters were appropriately done for the story and interesting in their own right. While the urgency factor kept getting turned up higher and higher, my interest and involvement got stronger and stronger as the surprises kept on coming. The mental health issues in the book and also what’s overwhelming for some people to mentally deal with, is openly addressed by the author at the end with her thoughts of hope, help, advice, and contacts for preventing suicides and self harm. The afterword was fitting to the story and very well done.
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