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
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Tear Me Apart Review

  • 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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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    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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  • The Real Book Spy
    January 1, 1970
    While family members of a talented skier worry about her career following a horrific accident, things quickly take a dark turn when the girl’s life is upended after a series of shocking revelations comes to light during her recovery. Mindy Wright has it all. At just seventeen years old, the brilliant champion skier has supportive parents who’ve always stood by her and encouraged her to reach for her dreams of winning a gold medal. Now, those dreams are finally close to becoming a reality, with M While family members of a talented skier worry about her career following a horrific accident, things quickly take a dark turn when the girl’s life is upended after a series of shocking revelations comes to light during her recovery. Mindy Wright has it all. At just seventeen years old, the brilliant champion skier has supportive parents who’ve always stood by her and encouraged her to reach for her dreams of winning a gold medal. Now, those dreams are finally close to becoming a reality, with Mindy a near-lock to qualify for the United States Olympic team.Instead, her life becomes an absolute nightmare. The downfall began, quite literally, with a fall. During a race in Colorado, Mindy wipes out hard. The superstar is then transported to a local hospital where she’s informed that her leg is badly broken. At first, Mindy’s thoughts turn towards the slopes, calculating how long she could be out, and what that might do to her Olympic dreams. Agreeing to undergo a needed surgery, her hope is to heal quickly enough to start training sooner than later. Then comes the first blow. Sadly, doctors inform Mindy and her parents, Jasper and Lauren Wright, that the surgery did not go as planned. The break led to another finding, shocking everyone. Mindy, it turns out, has a rare, severe form of leukemia, and her only chance at beating it will require immediate treatment, including a stem cell transplant. Oddly, initial tests confirm that neither Jasper nor Lauren are matches for the transplant, which makes a whole lot more sense after a DNA test reveals that the couple isn’t actually Mindy’s biological parents. First the injury, then the cancer diagnosis. At a time when Mindy needs her mom and dad the most, she finds out they aren’t her real parents. With that twist comes more questions, as she wonders how such a situation is even possible. Could it all have. . . Read the rest of this review here: https://therealbookspy.com/2018/07/08...
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  • Christopher Aumick
    January 1, 1970
    I've said it numerous times on FB J.T. is my favorite female Mystery/Thriller writer and she continues to be with Tear Me Apart she hit it outta the park absolutely devoured this book thanks for the Arc
  • Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book from the publisher under no obligation to review. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.I have never read anything by J.T. Ellison prior to Tear Me Apart, and now I want to pick up everything she has written. I absolutely loved Tear Me Apart.I was in the middle of a reading slump, so I was hesitant to pick up a book that was almost 500 pages long. I was pleasantly sur I was sent this book from the publisher under no obligation to review. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.I have never read anything by J.T. Ellison prior to Tear Me Apart, and now I want to pick up everything she has written. I absolutely loved Tear Me Apart.I was in the middle of a reading slump, so I was hesitant to pick up a book that was almost 500 pages long. I was pleasantly surprised that as soon as I started reading this, I did not want to put it down. I loved the writing style, and how invested I was in in the story by the end of the first few chapters.This story deals with mental health, murder, secrets, miscarriages, and suicide. We get to meet Mindy, a seventeen year old world class skier, who gets into a skiing accident. While she is in surgery for her leg, we find out she has Leukemia. While searching for a treatment, she finds out her parents are not her parents. I was crying by page 40 as you see Mindy starting to battle the first of many battles to come with her illness.Not only do you get the emotional impact around a fight for cancer, but you also have the mystery around what happened to Mindy’s biological parents and what is going on with her adoptive parents. The story was so engaging and had me turning the pages late into the night. We start to learn more around Lauren, the mother of Mindy, and the secrets she has been holding in for seventeen years.I also really liked how this did provide a look into the childhood of Lauren through flashbacks and letters. Normally, I am not a huge fan of this in books. However; this just worked for me and I feel these parts were put in at perfect places. It was gripping, and had you wondering how everything was going to come together in the end. This story is broke down into three sections, all in which were engaging and fast paced. One thing I hate about mystery reads is when authors repeat the same information over and over again. I loved that this did not do that, and kept moving. New information was constantly being discovered and I just found it a riveting story.Overall, I loved this and I need more of J.T. Ellison in my life.
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  • Roma Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    Phew. What A Book! This was truly unputdownable. I started it at 9.30pm and kept at it till 4am. Had to stop because I had work to get to in the morning and I couldn’t wait to finish it. If you are a thriller reader then you will probably figure out some of the plot early on. But it doesn’t matter. Not one bit. This book is not a whodunnit. It’s not about who, it’s about why and how. The emotions in this book are phenomenal. Everything is seemingly perfect in the world of Mindy, Jasper, Lauren a Phew. What A Book! This was truly unputdownable. I started it at 9.30pm and kept at it till 4am. Had to stop because I had work to get to in the morning and I couldn’t wait to finish it. If you are a thriller reader then you will probably figure out some of the plot early on. But it doesn’t matter. Not one bit. This book is not a whodunnit. It’s not about who, it’s about why and how. The emotions in this book are phenomenal. Everything is seemingly perfect in the world of Mindy, Jasper, Lauren and Juliet when you start reading the book. But things are rarely as they seem. There are subtle hints sprinkled all over and that is what makes you want to keep reading. Even if you figure it all out you will still want to read this book. It’s the kind of a book that makes a speed reader want to slow down, to soak the book, to marinate oneself in it! The subject matter of depression and suicide is a complex and difficult one and the author has done a brilliant job of covering it in a meaningful manner. The characters are complex and you can feel strong emotions for them when you read this book. It’s a poignant read. You want to like or dislike the characters but if you read carefully enough you can’t put these characters in a box of good or bad. These complex personalities are made up of so many shades of varying colors that’s you end up not knowing who you want to root for. You will crave a clean satisfying end and Ellison delivers just that. I would highly recommend this book. **Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin-MIRA for providing me with a advance reader copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.**
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  • Mrs. Europaea
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.I got off to a bad start with this one. Nothing really clicked for me through the first half of the novel. Mindy seemed unrealistic. I felt like she was one dimensional. I mean she learns she has cancer and before any treatment options are discussed there she is cutting off all her hair. It just didn't work for me. Juliet was way too cliche and I couldn't quite understand the point of Jasper.The second half was much more enjoyable. The mystery really started to come together at the hei 3.5 stars.I got off to a bad start with this one. Nothing really clicked for me through the first half of the novel. Mindy seemed unrealistic. I felt like she was one dimensional. I mean she learns she has cancer and before any treatment options are discussed there she is cutting off all her hair. It just didn't work for me. Juliet was way too cliche and I couldn't quite understand the point of Jasper.The second half was much more enjoyable. The mystery really started to come together at the height of Mindy's illness. You really started to get a clear picture of the point of the secondary characters and I got to a point where I actually got anxious thinking how this elaborate charade will all end.
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  • Stephanie Doyle
    January 1, 1970
    Things I didn’t do because I could not put Tear Me Apart down tonight until I finished it: put away three loads of laundry, wash my well beyond in need of washing hair, go to Target, pack for a four day weekend, clear off the dining room table, write up a contract, go to bed when I should have - most of which now need to be done in a very short window of time after work tomorrow but it was worth it. It sucked me in that much. Thanks to Netgalley for the free read in exchange for an honest review Things I didn’t do because I could not put Tear Me Apart down tonight until I finished it: put away three loads of laundry, wash my well beyond in need of washing hair, go to Target, pack for a four day weekend, clear off the dining room table, write up a contract, go to bed when I should have - most of which now need to be done in a very short window of time after work tomorrow but it was worth it. It sucked me in that much. Thanks to Netgalley for the free read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy is a competitive skier hoping to go to the Olympics. She has a devastating accident on a ski run. While being treated they discover she has cancer. I don’t want to say much more about this book because it will give away too much of the plot. There are lots of secrets and twists in this story. There are some characters that aren’t very likeable. I guessed part of the story but not all of it. Once it gets started it moves at a fast pace. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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  • Imelda
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Goodreads giveaway, and it's the first book I've read by J.T. Ellison. And I loved it! Secrets, lies, deceit, murders, this book has it all. And caught in the midst of all of it, an innocent girl who seem to have had the perfect life. A life built on so many secrets and lies, as it turns out. Filled with page-turning twists and surprises, "Tear Me Apart" will keep you reading until the very end.
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  • Tracie Runge
    January 1, 1970
    really enjoyed this book, although it did take me a little long to connect with the Mindy it all came together for me in the end. J.T. Ellison has a way with words that makes her books compelling which is why she is one of my favorite authors. I anxiously await what comes next.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    5* Not So Perfect StarsThis story centers around Mindy Wright who is 17 years old and is an up and coming downhill skier destined for the Olympics. Unfortunately after a nasty crash during a race Mindy breaks her leg and is admitted to hospital. Sadly the broken leg is the least of her and her parents Lauren and Jaspers worries. Mindy is diagnosed with a severe form of Leukemia. The only way Mindy will be safe is with a stem cell transplant. Searching and testing for suitable Donors begins to o 5* Not So Perfect StarsThis story centers around Mindy Wright who is 17 years old and is an up and coming downhill skier destined for the Olympics. Unfortunately after a nasty crash during a race Mindy breaks her leg and is admitted to hospital. Sadly the broken leg is the least of her and her parents Lauren and Jaspers worries. Mindy is diagnosed with a severe form of Leukemia. The only way Mindy will be safe is with a stem cell transplant. Searching and testing for suitable Donors begins to open up “a can of worms” in the lives of the Wrights. Secrets and lies start to unravel and things are not so perfect anymore.This was a thrilling read and had me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. It was fast paced and the mystery was unfolding chapter by chapter. I highly recommend this captivating story that was well thought out and fraught with lies, secrets and deception. It also dealt with mental health and suicide. I thought that the Author’s note at the end of the book was very heartfelt and moving. I absolutely loved this book!Many thanks HARLEQUIN - MIRA and NetGalley for my ARC to read and review.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy Wright is on track to ski in the Olympics. Until an accident when she hits a flag and breaks a leg. Badly. And the bad news doesn't stop there. After surgery her mother, Lauren and her father, Jasper are given the news that their daughter has cancer.She needs a stem cell transplant to live and even think about skiing again. But what should have been a simple match test turns up Mindy doesn't even belong to Lauren and Jasper! Secrets start spilling all over and it doesn't look like anyone i Mindy Wright is on track to ski in the Olympics. Until an accident when she hits a flag and breaks a leg. Badly. And the bad news doesn't stop there. After surgery her mother, Lauren and her father, Jasper are given the news that their daughter has cancer.She needs a stem cell transplant to live and even think about skiing again. But what should have been a simple match test turns up Mindy doesn't even belong to Lauren and Jasper! Secrets start spilling all over and it doesn't look like anyone is going to come out of this unscathed,The story is told alternately in the past, through letters and memories of Lauren and the present.J.T.Ellison has never disappointed in this genre'. This is as twisty and psycho as all of her writing and I love it! But there are so more themes running through this one. Suicide, Abuse, Depression and straight up crazy! But I really enjoyed the end where she gives so much good research and resources for anyone contemplating self harm or suicide.This book was sheer perfection until the very end!Netgalley/Mira August 28, 2018
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  • Kristin Lanier
    January 1, 1970
    What a page turner! I loved this book! I predicted the twist early on. However, that did not ruin the book for me as the last 30% had my jaw on the floor!! I was not expecting that ending at all. Mindy is an amazing skier! She is in line to be on the Olympic team up until she suffers a terrible crash. During surgery, her doctor discovers she has leukemia and is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. However, when her parents are tested to see if they are a match, the ugly truth reveals its What a page turner! I loved this book! I predicted the twist early on. However, that did not ruin the book for me as the last 30% had my jaw on the floor!! I was not expecting that ending at all. Mindy is an amazing skier! She is in line to be on the Olympic team up until she suffers a terrible crash. During surgery, her doctor discovers she has leukemia and is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. However, when her parents are tested to see if they are a match, the ugly truth reveals itself. Secrets start to unravel and we start to see everyone's dark side. This novel had me hooked from the very first page up until the last word! I felt all the characters were developed really well, especially one character who I will not say, because it may give some of the plot away. The story flowed effortlessly and it felt 'real' as opposed to subplots happening out of left field.All in all, wonderful read! Thank you to Harlequin - Mira and NetGalley for sending me an early reader's copy in exchange for a honest review!
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  • Alyssa Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley & MIRA for the ARC! I’m almost at a loss for words to sum up a review. Initially, I was thrilled to receive this from one of my must read authors, without even reading the description. Once I realized it was about a girl with cancer, I was thinking to myself, “Nope, not going to do it. Can’t do it.” Cancer is one of the “can’t handle” topics for me. As an empath, I can insert myself into the mindset all too easily and it takes a toll on me and my anxiety. But this was Thank you to Netgalley & MIRA for the ARC! I’m almost at a loss for words to sum up a review. Initially, I was thrilled to receive this from one of my must read authors, without even reading the description. Once I realized it was about a girl with cancer, I was thinking to myself, “Nope, not going to do it. Can’t do it.” Cancer is one of the “can’t handle” topics for me. As an empath, I can insert myself into the mindset all too easily and it takes a toll on me and my anxiety. But this was extremely well written, it sucked me in hard. But still, I can’t find the right words. It wasn’t a rollercoaster-type thriller, but a solid, impactful storyline instead, told from different vantage points that entrapped and ensnared. This was not a light read, though, so by no means do I recommend it if you just want some fluff.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Lots of twists in this one, so many secrets! I plowed through this story because I was dying to see how it unfolded. It didn’t disappoint!The characters were great! Crazy details about some of them come out right until the ending! Reading about the work behind being, and also raising, an elite athlete was very interesting. It’s hard to talk about the story without giving away anything so I’ll end by saying that the ending was strangely satisfying for me. I know that may horrify some of you b 4.5 Lots of twists in this one, so many secrets! I plowed through this story because I was dying to see how it unfolded. It didn’t disappoint!The characters were great! Crazy details about some of them come out right until the ending! Reading about the work behind being, and also raising, an elite athlete was very interesting. It’s hard to talk about the story without giving away anything so I’ll end by saying that the ending was strangely satisfying for me. I know that may horrify some of you but I’m sticking with it. I will definitely recommend this author and check out her prior works. Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and Harlequin - Mira for a copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Trude
    January 1, 1970
    How far would you go to help a friend, how far would you go to save your child, how far would you go to save your family. These are the questions JT Ellison explores in this fascinating tale of love and obsession. She expertly leads us to the stunning conclusion by expertly using multiple points of view and time, and letters between two young women.Mindy Wright is a champion skier headed to the Olympics when a crash and subsequent cancer diagnoses up ends her entire life and the secrets start co How far would you go to help a friend, how far would you go to save your child, how far would you go to save your family. These are the questions JT Ellison explores in this fascinating tale of love and obsession. She expertly leads us to the stunning conclusion by expertly using multiple points of view and time, and letters between two young women.Mindy Wright is a champion skier headed to the Olympics when a crash and subsequent cancer diagnoses up ends her entire life and the secrets start coming out. What has her mother done?Clear your schedule and sit back and enjoy the ride!...I sure did!
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  • Rebecca Minnock
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this one. Mindy isn't your average 17 year old. She is training to be on the US Olympic ski team and everything is going great until she has an accident and breaks her leg. During her hospitalization and surgery, Mindy and her parents, Lauren & Jasper, receive more bad news. Mindy has an aggressive form of leukemia. Chemo isn't working, she needs stem cell. Neither of her parents are a match, nor is her aunt Juliet. Their lives as they know it begin to unravel, fast, and Lauren is de I LOVED this one. Mindy isn't your average 17 year old. She is training to be on the US Olympic ski team and everything is going great until she has an accident and breaks her leg. During her hospitalization and surgery, Mindy and her parents, Lauren & Jasper, receive more bad news. Mindy has an aggressive form of leukemia. Chemo isn't working, she needs stem cell. Neither of her parents are a match, nor is her aunt Juliet. Their lives as they know it begin to unravel, fast, and Lauren is determined that nothing is going to tear her family apart...
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  • Sheila Beaumont
    January 1, 1970
    J.T. Ellison has written a lot of good books, but this twisty psychological/domestic/medical mystery-thriller is probably her best yet. The characters, whether likable or not, are all interesting, realistic people (plus there's a lovable dog), there are numerous secrets to be uncovered, and the conclusion is quite a shock. I did have a general idea where the story was going, but the author's excellent writing and storytelling made the book almost impossible to put down, and there were many surpr J.T. Ellison has written a lot of good books, but this twisty psychological/domestic/medical mystery-thriller is probably her best yet. The characters, whether likable or not, are all interesting, realistic people (plus there's a lovable dog), there are numerous secrets to be uncovered, and the conclusion is quite a shock. I did have a general idea where the story was going, but the author's excellent writing and storytelling made the book almost impossible to put down, and there were many surprising details and twists. This outstanding novel is not to be missed.
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  • Marj Ward
    January 1, 1970
    This might be J.T. Ellison's best book yet! Deserves more than 5 stars. This is a story about a 17 year old girl, Mindy, who lives for skiing and aims to be on the Olympic team. After a bad crash on the slopes, it is discovered she has leukaemia. She needs a cell stem transplant but neither of her parents are a match. Neither mother nor father is a biological parent. Lots of twists and turns but a book you won't want to put down. Another one hit out of the ballpark by this Author.
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  • Jackie Trimble
    January 1, 1970
    I am thinking about what to say about this book. It was easy to "figure out", yes, but it was still written in the way that the book pages kept turning frantically and I couldn't stop reading it. The comments by the author at the end of the book said that she changed the voice of the book during her writing process and I really do think that's what made the book un-put-down-able.
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  • Lynette Ott
    January 1, 1970
    Tear Me Apart is a great psychological thriller that kept my attention so that I didn't want to put the book down! The book goes from the present to seventeen years earlier, with so many surprise twists and turns that you are guaranteed not to be bored! I absolutely loved the ending, it was perfect!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting and engaging story. I liked the characters. The plot was mostly believable although a few instances required a willingness to suspend belief. A few twists and turns and a relatively satisfying conclusion. Thanks to NetGalley for a chance to read and review this book.
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  • Dawn McCauley
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good read. Thank you to NetGalley for the book. It had some really interesting twists and turns but some parts dragged a bit. I was surprised by some plot twists, but I was able to predict a lot.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I want more from this author. Great book definitely page turner.
  • Lynn Hill
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic book!! I couldn't put it down. I love the way J.T. writes because you are involved with her books right from page 1. Thank you for writing such intense books!
  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful, wonderful book! Lots of twists and turns! Great characters, writing and drama. Would definitely recommend.
  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    If you have stuff that needs to be done or you need sleep then don't start this book! It will keep you up all night reading! This book was such a great mystery/thriller from the moment Mindy takes a fall down the ski slope , finding out she has leukemia and then finding out her mom has a wicked past. Once you start this book you will have to find out the shocking conclusion. Loved this book it was unlike anything I have read in awhile which I loved !!! Loved the writing style kept me intrigued f If you have stuff that needs to be done or you need sleep then don't start this book! It will keep you up all night reading! This book was such a great mystery/thriller from the moment Mindy takes a fall down the ski slope , finding out she has leukemia and then finding out her mom has a wicked past. Once you start this book you will have to find out the shocking conclusion. Loved this book it was unlike anything I have read in awhile which I loved !!! Loved the writing style kept me intrigued from the first chapter. This book doesn't disappoint for the mystery fans. Who really is Mindy and why so many secrets about her past? You really will love this book and have to find out every juicy detail. Highly recommend !!
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