J.T. Ellison’s ‘Tear Me Apart’ is Deliciously Deranged [REVIEW]

Ski Race Day

An unfortunate skiing accident unravels the perfect family in J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart. (Photo by Simon Hannaford, Flickr)

She had everything ahead of her. She’d put in the work and was determined to make it to the Olympics. But then a fluke accident sends her hurtling down the slopes and into the hospital. Yet her troubles have just begun, because a hospital procedure is about to bring her entire life crashing down around her in J.T. Ellison’s latest novel of diabolical suspense, Tear Me Apart. 



Mindy Wright is a rising star in the world of competitive skiing. But just when she expects she will celebrate her biggest victory, a microburst of snow threatens to destroy her budding career as well as her life.

Rushed to the hospital, Mindy soon realizes that she hasn’t hit rock bottom just yet. As doctors take her into surgery to mend her broken body, they discover that she also has leukemia, and the only thing that can save her is a stem cell transplant.

When physicians test her parents to see if they are a potential match, another wrench is thrown into the works. They discover that Mindy isn’t their child!

Each page of Tear Me Apart seems filled with one shocking revelation after another. Meanwhile, Mindy’s very life hangs in the balance and everyone she loves seems caught up in a carefully constructed web of lies. As every strand threatens to snap, someone seems bent on protecting the family’s untold secrets by any means necessary. Will any of them make it out of this horror show unscathed?

Isn’t it just like J.T. to introduce us to perfectly likable characters, only to turn their world upside down and give it a good solid shake? As sweet as she is, J.T. has a real knack for walking on the dark side, and seems to relish doing so as she immerses us in a family drama that is fraught with demons and is therefore utterly terrifying. Repeatedly, she cajoles us into extending our hands like the little orphan Oliver asking, “Please sir, may I have some more?” It is quite twisted how Ellison gleefully keeps us coming back to her books time and again, even though we know her treats are tricks in disguise!

Yet this is what makes her work so addictive and so darn good. With J.T., we know we’re in for a rollicking good time. Even though each curve threatens to throw us from the ride and she keeps her characters in constant peril, we simply don’t care. We want to climb aboard once more, eager for each new thrill she doles out with a charming but wicked grin. If you are looking for a domestic suspense novel that comes at you with the unwavering intensity of a rising tsunami, you simply have to read Tear Me Apart. Just be warned, this deliciously deranged novel should have come with a lap bar a hefty dose of Dramamine.

J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison
(Photo by Krista Lee Photography)


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 Nicholas Drummond series “A Brit in the FBI” with number one 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. She invites readers to visit her at her home on the Web at JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

By J.T. Ellison
496 pgs. Mira. $16.99

TLC Book Tours Tour HostPreorder Tear Me Apart before its release on September 18, 2018! You may order it from one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound and Powell’s.

Tear Me Apart is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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