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Title: Tear Me Apart
Author: J.T. Ellison
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Physical ARC provided by the publisher
TW: Self-harm & sexual assault
Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison is a twisty domestic thriller that questions how far you would go for family.
Mindy Wright is only seventeen but she is an incredibly talented skier. While racing in the Alpine Downhill World Cup in order to qualify for the olympic team, she crashes and is taken to the hospital. While correcting her broken leg during surgery, the doctors find Mindy also has Leukemia and her whole world is flipped upside down. In order for her to get the stem cell transplant treatment she needs, she needs a donor that is a genetic match. When Mindy’s parents are tested and neither are a match, or even genetically related to Mindy, secrets begin to surface.
Mindy’s life is on the line and depends entirely on her treatment, so the race is on to find a match. All the while her family is falling apart as all the secrets that have been pent up for years begin to unravel around them.
The story is told in two timelines. One is present day as the events of Mindy’s life and treatment are unfolding. The other is through letters written back and forth between two women, Liesel & V, 25 years earlier.
This is such an interesting thriller full of family drama! I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling things, but holy cow, what a ride!
Synopsis: 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.
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