Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book and for having me on this tour! I haven’t read J.T Ellison yet, but I have really been wanting too so I was excited to get my hands on Tear Me Apart. I really liked it and even though I thought it was a little long and the mystery was given away too soon I still thought it was a good read! I also really appreciated the authors note at the end and that automatically added half a star to my rating. So I ended up giving this 4 stars!
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.
I do want to point out as sort of a trigger warning to readers that this book does deal with suicide, depression, rape, child molestation, and cutting. As I said the authors note held a lot of meaning to me. She talks about mental health which is a huge topic in the story and she brings attention to it and is trying to help end the stigma which I think is so important. I also felt it was so kind of her to say the things she said. As someone who suffers greatly from depression it was nice to read. This was what automatically upped the star rating to me. The story itself though was more of a 3.5 star read for me, not bad at all just not amazing. It was good and I liked it but it wasn’t a favorite.
I was really confused for awhile as to where the story was going to go and how things were going to connect, it kept me really invested. I liked that more and more obstacles were being thrown into the mix to build up anticipation. I also really liked the characters, and especially the dog because who doesn’t love dogs in books. However, I felt that the mystery was given away only half way through the book and attempts to make you second guess the outcome were sorta half hearted and didn’t work at all. Since, as the reader, you already knew more or less what was going on, it made the second half of the book feel really long and unnecessarily dragged out at times. I think back on the book now and there are so many times where chunks of the book could have been cut out and it would have really helped with the pacing and flow of the overall story. I didn’t feel as invested by the end as I did in the beginning simply because it was so drawn out.
That said I still liked the mystery and story and twists. There were a lot of different story lines that built this up and it was interesting to see it come together. And the last few chapters I was very much on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.
Overall, a good thriller especially for the winter this would be perfect to cozy up with on a cold day.
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