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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.

©2018 J. T. Ellison (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Recommended by Lisa Garner!

I am a consistent rater but not a reviewer; however, in this case I had to take the time to review. This book surpassed all of my expectations. Lisa Garner is one of my favorite authors, so when Audible sent me an email with a note from Lisa recommending this book I had to bite. I listened to another book by JT Ellison and love it too. I almost listen to this book in just one go but had to take a break to sleep. Not gonna give anything away. Don’t pass this one out. Great Narrators too.

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  • LoCFo22
  • Armpit of America
  • 09-06-18

Wow!!

I rarely write reviews but this book turned into such a thriller!! I was blown away by all the twist! All narrators were amazing. Very thought provoking. It sticks with you!! Life is never what it seems.

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The stakes couldn’t be higher

This is a JT Ellison book, so I knew I was in for quite a ride.

I wasn’t prepared.

I enjoyed ‘Lie to Me’ and eagerly awaited this new release. I snapped it up and then listened to the book in a day and a half. Several times I was ready to throw my iPod because I thought the story was going in a particular direction, only to keep listening and find it heading somewhere else. I never felt cheated – everything was there and I should have been able to put the pieces together. I had a personal bias that affected how I viewed the book, that lens only becoming clear as the story played out.

There are parallel stories going on, one in the past and one in the present. And I mean ‘present’. Ms. Ellison writes in the third person present tense and although it normally drives me crazy, her writing helps me overcome my loathing. Also, there are a couple of small scenes that were written in the first person – just to make sure I knew how important those moments were.

As the synopsis alludes, at the heart of this book is a mystery about lineage. Is it nature or nurture? What if you suddenly discover you are not who you have always believed yourself to be? What if the life you’ve been living is a lie? And what if that quirk of fate – like a crash flying down a ski hill – didn’t happen? Would you have ever found out the truth or died believing the carefully constructed lies?

I am adopted and so know that I do not carry my parents’ DNA. My parents opted for complete openness and I have always known I was adopted. I have a clear memory of my mother telling me before I started kindergarten that I shouldn’t tell other kids I was adopted because they might make fun of me. (She has since denied ever making that comment.) In the end, there were several of us who were adopted – including several of my cousins, and it never was a big deal.

But I had that truth. I also had some vague understanding of my biological parents’ situation. What led them to make the decisions they made. Was some of it sugar-coated? Yes. When I met my biological mother, I was provided with far more details. I was able to thank her because I understood keeping me was impossible and she did what she believed was best. I have always respected that. When I was twenty-seven, we met in person. She was able to provide me with more updated medical information. And introduce me to my three half-siblings, who were born in a marriage subsequent to my adoption.

Nature does have some influence, I can promise you. Preferences, quirks, traits…I share a number of them with my grandparents, mother, and siblings. In fact, of her four children, I look the most like her. And when I metthat side of my biological family, a lot of pieces of the puzzle of my life fell into place. I love my adopted family, but there was something very comforting in finding people like me.

I completely empathized with Mindy’s dilemma. Yes, she is seventeen and very sick, but she also is facing a new reality – and not just cancer or the potential loss of her professional sports career. Her entire life has been based on a lie and now her survival depends on the adults in her life unravelling that lie as quickly as possible.

That threat – of a fast-moving cancer – was a brilliant premise for a book and the stakes couldn’t have been higher. I loved the twists and turns. I loved the characters who I knew weren’t totally trustworthy, but I wanted to root for. I loved that there was a love story embedded deep in the book, but it was secondary to the suspense. I loved the unreliable narrators, but yearned for someone who knew the whole truth.

I have to say that the character of Katerina was perfect. Her role was critical and her place in the book was wonderful. ‘Kat’ was the embodiment of the need to cope with tough situations. And I love the humour she brings. Nothing better than a “big goof ball”.

An underlying theme in this book is mental illness and although I don’t want to get too deeply into it, I had a strong and visceral reaction. One character talked about each depression getting worse and wondering if the bottom would ever come. I’ve been in that position of just wanting to give up because I could not see the surface, I was so far down.

I also understood what can happen with a controlling mother. A mother you can never please. A woman who picks favourites. Again, this was another thing that pulled me in. Ms. Ellison has a line on dysfunctional characters whom I relate to.

Scary, eh?

This, to my mind, is her best book to date. She tackles some current issues with a deft hand, mixes in fascinating characters, and makes magic. This is a thriller to remember and one I might even listen to a second time.

There are six narrators and I am not sure who performed each character. I could look it up, but it doesn’t matter because all six are very talented. Each had a voice that matched the image in my mind and the whole production worked. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Oh – and I want a book for Brianna Star!

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wow!

very Gripping story. I had goosebumps , and tears. mental health is open subject today.

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Kept me breathless until the last sentence

The perfect blend of dark psychology, innocence and perseverance. Domestic Suspense at its very best.

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  • Janie
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Yes !!!!

A well written melodrama with a decent plot expertly performed. Pure escapism, I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Tear Me Apart

I loved this book from the first page to the last, fantastic story I didn't want to put it down. Excellent naration. Looking forward to the next book already.

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Twisted

This is one of the best books I have read in this genre. The narrators do an excellent job if you enjoy psychological thrillers you will love this book.

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excellent beach book

Too bad the summer has drawn to a close, as this core unit of characters can entertain and keep your interest.

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Excellent

Kept me guessing until the very end. A lot of fun to listen to. One of those books you hate to put down.

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