Thank you to Mira books for providing me with a free e-copy of Tear Me Apart, all opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 really enjoyed this thriller and feel like Tear Me Apart could stand in several other subgenres. First: dramatic fiction. The relationship between Mindy and her parents was so well done, which made her health scare so heart wrenching. If the story had only been about her struggle through illness, I would have still liked the book. The second subgenre could be mystery: Ellison mixed so many clues and backstory into the plot that it gave the reader the chance to try and piece it together. The thrilling components didn’t really start to come out until the later portion of the book.
Mindy is a competitive athlete and her family’s focus revolves around what she will need for her health and training and career path. I found this to be very unique, I can’t think of any other thrillers out there with this type of character set-up so that also made this such an enjoyable read. It’s nice to have fresh new perspectives and not the same broken damsel in distress that the genre is saturated with.
I found the pacing in this book to be near perfection. I talk about pacing in many of my reviews because it is something that is very important to me. Sometimes thrillers can take off fast with something shocking to pull you in, but then drag through all the details and clues in the middle. Tear Me Apart is one of the easiest page turners I have read in a long time, something was happening on every page: never too fast, never too slow.
I have two little issues that did not take away from my overall enjoyment, the first being that this book is on the long side. The other issue is that I was able to guess the ending, and rather early on at that. It’s a great ending, albeit slightly predictable. But overall, I really liked this one and would recommend it to thriller lovers and non-thriller lovers alike. A very well done novel, I rate this one 4 out of 5 stars.