Tear Me Apart

Tear Me Apart

by J. T. Ellison


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Tear Me Apart by J. T. Ellison

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330004
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 26,763
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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 show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

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Tear Me Apart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Hard to put down. It’s after midnight and I just had to finish!
Debi_2014andBeyond 7 days ago
The last couple of months it seems I've been on a mystery/thriller/suspense kick and I've been reading everything I can get my hands on in this genre.  Today's post is no exception - I was browsing NetGalley recently and thanks to my blogging association with them, I was able to request and receive Tear Me Apart by J.T Ellison.  Because I've read a few of her other books, I knew what to expect, and because I fell in love with her 2017 standalone thriller, Lie to Me, I was pretty excited to read this one. Mindy Wright is 17 - she's an increasingly popular competitive downhill skier who is in the running to make the Olympic team. All Mindy must do is ace her competition...... but then it happens, Mindy suffers a falls and ends up being hospitalized for the injury to her leg with surgery pending. Shockingly, during surgery, the doctors discover that Mindy is sick with an aggressive form of leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant.  Both of Mindy's parents undergo routine screening and it is then that they discover that neither is a match.......neither parent is biologically related to Mindy! Mindy’s mother, Lauren, has always known but never told anyone, even her husband, Jasper, nor her sister, Juliet. The question is why? And who are Mindy’s parents?  Lauren has a lot of hidden secrets, but they're nothing compared to her desire for her daughter's ability to succeed and she will make sure that no one will get in the way of what she wants most.  The story is told from multiple points of view across the book in separate sections. In each section more and more layers of this story are revealed as readers get deeper and deeper into the years of lies and secrets. Even though there are different points of view and different time, I was totally hooked from the beginning of this story and kept flipping pages because I needed to know how it was going to turn out. Tear Me Apart is a story that brings mental and physical illness issues to light.  It also shows readers just how far some people will go for those they love. I especially appreciated Ms. Ellison's touching note at the end of the book where she mentions her inspiration and her support of suicide prevention.  I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because it was such a great story!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I have read a lot of books ,and this book is one of my favorites.It kept me reading and I couldn't put it down. Great story !I will be reading a lot more from this author !
Anonymous 13 days ago
I really enjoyed this book, it's very well done with an intriguing story that kept my attention from cover to cover. I highly recommend this book.
whatthebook 15 days ago
I received a complimentary e-book copy of Tear Me Apart from MIRA via NetGalley. Tear Me Apart by J. T. Ellison is a suspense filled story about that you won't be able to put down. Mindy is 17, during a race that could qualify her for the women's Olympic ski team, she crashes. Her leg is severely broken, while in surgery to repair the break, the doctors realize that she is suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia. Mindy doesn't respond well to the chemo, the doctors say that her only hope for survival is a stem cell transplant. Mindy's parents, Lauren and Jasper, as well as Mindy's aunt, Juliet, are her only living relatives. Not only are they not a match to donate stem cells but their DNA profiles prove that Lauren and Jasper are not Mindy's biological parents. The hunt is on for a donor. Juliet will stop at nothing to save her niece's life. However someone has deadly secrets and will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden. This was a great book to get lost in. I loved that the pace never slowed down.
agnes-shap 15 days ago
A powerful story of a mother's love and what she would do to protect her child. Lauren's daughter is a super-star skier and on her way to the Olympics. She takes a big fall and comes crashing down. In the hospital, they find she has leukemia which can only be treated with a stem cell transplant. It is then they find her parents are not a match - Mindy is not their daughter. The story has you hanging onto every word and surprises keep popping up as we find out the real story behind the lives of this family. Lies, betrayals and murder find their way into the families surrounding Mindy. Never disappointed in a J.T.Ellison book;
Bookswithjams 17 days ago
This is my second book by J.T. Ellison and I loved it! We begin with Mindy Wright, a young competitive skier who is preparing for an important qualifying race. You cannot help but get sucked in as she goes through her pre-start ritual, and then takes off, only to end the race breaking her leg. As she is rushed to the hospital for surgery to repair it, Mindy learns she has an aggressive form of cancer, and needs a stem cell treatment to save her life. It should be easy enough to test her parents and Aunt Juliet for compatibility. However, Juliet, a DNA investigations specialist, quickly learns that her sister Lauren, Mindy's perfect, overbearing mother, has been keeping secrets from everyone. This book starts with the intense race mentioned above and does not stop the rest of the way through. You don't know whom to believe, Lauren is hiding so many things but yet is still trying to control the situation (which is quickly spiraling out of control), and everyone is trying to find the truth. Who are Mindy's real parents? What are her current ones hiding? What exactly does Lauren know and why is she acting different? Why do people keep dying? Oh, and just when you think you can relax and it has been solved, Ellison throws another twist and here we go again. The story also deals with difficult subjects such as mental illness and suicide in such a great way. I enjoyed that this kept me guessing, I did not figure everything out, and it did not have a clean resolution which was great for this book. Also, the use of the dog in here was excellent, and that's all I will say on that, you have to read it to understand! Thanks to NetGalley for an electronic ARC of this book to review. All above opinions are my own.
mcduff1495 17 days ago
Loved this book. I read it in three days. I couldn't put it down. A lot of twists and turns.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Wonderful expression of real life emotions. Thrilling read.
beckymmoe 19 days ago
OMG, this book. What a ride Ms. Ellison takes us on with it! Like with the other book I've read from this author ( Lie to Me ) I don't want to give away too much, so this review is going to be light on details. Trust me, you're going to want to discover them for yourself with this one. I purposely didn't re-read the blurb before I picked it up this week, and didn't look at a single review until after I'd finished it--I just jumped right in. I swear I barely even breathed once I got about halfway through--I didn't want anything to interrupt my reading time. I needed to see it through to the end... Tear Me Apart, like Ms. Ellison's last book, is full of plot twists and turns. (Honestly, so much had already happened when I was only at the 25% point it was hard to believe. And yeah, things were only getting started!) You know someone is lying--at least one someone!--and it's pretty clear early on that there's an awful lot of convenient? suspicious? deaths going around, though the why isn't immediately obvious. The who becomes horribly clear as the book progresses, though--and then watch out, because things start to happen really, really quickly and most of them are fairly scary... And that's all I'm going to say, because really, you need to read this one for yourself. Phew! And now I need to decompress...maybe with a nice cup of decaf tea. Though you'd better believe I'm going to take it straight, without any sweeteners at all. (Because that's how I always drink my tea. No. Other. Reason.) ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
lauriesophee 19 days ago
Wow! This book had me reading well into the night to try to put the pieces of this plot together. Was Mindy going to survive this awful illness and injury and resume her amazing career as a young skier? The pain in each of the characters in this novel was heartbreaking and yet they were strong. The instinct to care, protect and fight for Mindy was shining through each word written. Not all done right or legal, but nevertheless done in the name of love. The threads all were tied up neatly by the last few pages of this incredibly written psychological thriller, but the slopes were slick at times. I was definitely holding on to the edge of my seat while turning the pages. Excellent!
TropicalDelusions 21 days ago
Tear Me Apart – J.T. Ellison I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Oh my goodness, this book was awesome!! The story opens in a prologue that describes the first meeting between two unnamed teen women who find themselves sharing a room at a psychiatric hospital, before the opening chapter begins in present day, where Olympic hopeful Mindy Wright is preparing herself for a trip down the mountain in effort to win the championship and secure a berth on the Olympic Ski Team. A snowstorm has started, making visibility dicey, and Mindy hits a flag and crashes, fracturing her leg in the process. Surgery seemingly goes without incident until the doctors tell Lauren, Mindy’s mom, that Mindy has leukemia and needs immediate treatment. As Mindy’s family lines up to be tested for donor suitability, it becomes apparent that none of them are biologically related to Mindy, a fact that stuns the group, as Lauren has always passed Mindy off as her own. Lauren’s sister Juliet, a DNA specialist for the CBI, takes matters into her own hands and attempts to find Mindy’s biological parents, as Mindy gets sicker and sicker. She is successful, and the truth comes gradually to light as Mindy meets her biological father and learns of her past. But the past and the present collide, and a killer will do anything to keep their secrets hidden… I loved this book! It grabs you from the moment you read the first paragraph and doesn’t let you go until you reach the very end – and still you wish it would go on! An amazing edge-of-your-seat thriller that you don’t want to miss!!
Brandy Kane 21 days ago
I enjoyed Tear Me Apart by JT Ellison, it had a great speed although it did feel a little long at times. The story was interesting, especially the mental health aspect. It felt like a cross between a Jodi Picault and Sue Grafton, and neither author is really on my bookshelves so I don't think I appreciated this novel as much as someone else would. It took me 5 hours to read, and I give it 3.5 stars. This title was released on August 28th, 2018.
Honolulubelle 22 days ago
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.
MackenzieH 24 days ago
About the Book Mindy 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? Reflection I’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!!! Many thanks to Harlequin MIRA and to J. T. Ellison for a copy of this book to review.
cherlym 25 days ago
4.5 Thank you NetGalley, Mira, Harlequin and J.T. Ellison for the opportunity to read this book. I requested it on NetGalley and am thrilled they were able to oblige me. This one was gut wrenching. Yup the whole book pretty much. Not a bad thing, I mean it was intense, dark at times with little light. The prologue was not my favorite, but each chapter was better and better and by the time the ending came I was worn out. And wow, Mindy's mom.....well read the book no spoilers. Than you JT for a wild ride, thank you for talking about a dark subject with a twist of mystery and cold thrown in.
RobinLovesReading 26 days ago
When Olympic hopeful, competitive skier, Mindy Wright takes a horrible tumble while on a downhill course, the most devastating news her parents expected to hear was that she would miss weeks of skiing while healing. Imagine their horror when it is discovered that Mindy was suffering from a severe form of leukemia. Before long, the news gets even worse - not only does she need an immediate stem cell transplant - her parents' DNA is not a match - Mindy is not their daughter. Who is in Mindy's life? Her parents, Lauren and Jasper, and her aunt Juliet. Yet, none of them is a match. What actually happened? Juliet, a DNA specialist, will stop at nothing to get to the truth of the matter. As Juliet works with a federal agency, answers start to come to light, and these answers are not pretty. There are so many OMG moments in this book! While it may have seemed innocuous enough about finding the birth parents to Mindy Wright, it is far, far more. There have been over 17 years of lies and the truth is coming out in waves. I have read a massive number psychological thrillers and, let me tell you, this is by far one of the very best. It is caked with twists and turns shooting left and right. Every time I thought I had a bead on the situation, the story would shift. Before long I was constantly asking myself - admittedly aloud - Lauren, what did you do? What did you DO? As a reader I was exceptionally curious, involved even. Mindy may be very ill, but she is exceptionally bright. She senses things are not right almost from the very beginning. Read the words of this absolutely stunning book and you will wonder too. You will wonder so much that you may find this book impossible to put down, even for a second. Also, how could I not root for Zack, who gets introduced to us later in the story? Now, beyond the mystery, beyond the intrigue, Tear Me Apart is about much, much more. So many things come up - depression, self-harm and suicide. (Please be sure to read the Author's Note at the end of the book. It is pivotal.) Add in murder, and this all ties in together. So much so that the story flows at such a rapid pace, especially as it pulls two timelines together, that my head was truly spinning. I was familiar with the author's name, J.T. Ellison, as I read the Brit in the FBI series, which she co-authors with Catherine Coulter. Otherwise, in my ignorance, I have never read Ellison's books until now. This is going to change. I am so thoroughly impressed with her writing. It is beyond spectacular. Ellison had my interest piqued from the very first, and this is a book that makes me want more, much more from her. Indeed, this book and this author comes highly recommended. Many thanks to Harlequin - Mira and to NetGalley for this ARC to review; this was my honest opinion.
SheTreadsSoftly 26 days ago
Tear Me Apart by J. T. Ellison is a very highly recommended domestic psychological thriller. Competitive skier and Olympic hopeful Mindy Wright breaks her leg during a competition and during surgery the doctors discover she has a form of leukemia. Mindy needs a stem cell transplant, but, shockingly, her parents, Jasper and Lauren Wright, and her Aunt Juliet (Lauren's younger sister) are not DNA matches - and it is clear that Mindy is not the daughter of either of them. Apparently Mindy was adopted, but no one ever told her. In fact, her mother told no one about it, not even Jasper. Lauren and Jasper married when Mindy was an infant. Juliet was so much younger than Lauren that she never suspected it. Juliet is now at the crime lab for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, so she secretly starts an investigation and asks a few favors trying to figure out if Mindy was switched at birth. Finding a match as soon as possible could mean life or death for Mindy. Now that the truth is out, Lauren needs to explain what happened, but can she be trusted? And why has she never told anyone about the adoption? This is the ultimate story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter. Tear Me Apart is a well-written, spellbinding, engrossing thriller that held my attention throughout. While some astute readers may guess the truth early on (and Ellison leaves plenty of clues for the reader to do so) the suspense is created by the slow reveal of the truth and additional information to the characters in the novel. I found the plot mesmerizing and the pages flew by while reading. I appreciated the pacing of the novel and how Ellison divulged additional information while developing the characters. The characters are all well developed and complex individuals I don't want to give away any more of the plot, but I really enjoyed this novel. The disclosure of information along the way lends an intensity to the plot and the old letters slowly shared along the way clearly point to important additional information. This is a thriller that is well worth reading. Even if you think you know what is going on, it is well worth reading to the end for a few surprises you won't guess. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Mira Books.
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lhill82125 28 days ago
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!