Tear Me Apart

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.

More Information

  • Publisher: MIRA Books

  • Original Release Date: August 28, 2018

  • Formats: Paperback, eBook

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780778330004

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"[An] outstanding domestic thriller… The intense plot...builds to a stunning conclusion.Ellison is at the top of her game."
—★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An inventive thriller with a horrifying reveal and a happy ending."
Kirkus Reviews


"[Ellison] spools out a fast-moving plot...A compelling story with a moving message."


"Perfect stay-up-all-night, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick suspense. Chapter one, you love this family. Chapter two, your fear for them begins. Ellison has crafted the perfect blend of characters you care about and twists you’ll never see coming. Loved it!"
Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of LOOK FOR ME


"Always a lock to deliver a high-octane thriller, Ellison’s latest novel shows just why she’s one of the premier suspense writers working today. Few authors can spin as many twists as she does, but her attention to character development and strong prose really sets her apart from the competition. Likewise, her pacing and tone are spot-on, making this book, like her others, impossible to put down. J.T. Ellison has outdone herself with this one. Tear Me Apart is one of the darkest, most suspenseful, and deceiving psychological thrillers since Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once."
The Real Book Spy


"With subplots that meaningfully address depression, mental illness, and suicide, Tear Me Apart is more than just a narratively satisfying thriller. It’s a flat-out page-turner that could catapult Nashville’s J.T. Ellison, already a New York Times-bestselling author, into the stratosphere. This is a big-concept mystery at its core, and Ellison masterfully unweaves the book’s many threads to bring her plot to a richly satisfying—if bittersweet—conclusion."
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