Publisher: Mira (August, 2018)
Kindle edition: $9.99
Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
June, 2018: Lauren Wright had the perfect life: a fine home, a loving husband, and a daughter any mother would be proud to call her own. Her world came crashing down when her daughter Mindy, a world-class skier, wiped out during a contest that was her ticket to the Olympics.
During the surgery to repair her shattered leg, the doctors said she was suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia. Her best, perhaps only chance to survive was a stem-cell transplant. Her parents and Aunt Julia were all tested. Surely one of them would be a match, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. None of them were a match: not a close match; not a distant match; not a match at all. Mindy was not their child. Lauren reluctantly admitted the secret she and her husband had kept for years. She was an unwed mother to newborn Mindy when she met Jasper Wright. He accepted the baby as his own, and neither had ever felt the need to tell her.
That was a shock, but understandable. The proof that Mindy was not Lauren’s daughter was much more puzzling. Lauren’s sister, Dr. Julia Ryder, was a DNA expert for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She told Cameron Longer, the head of the private lab that processed the blood, that the lab must have made mistake, but when he retested a fresh sample he said there was no doubt that Mindy was not the Wright’s child. Refusing to give up, Julia took a leave of absence from her job to dig deeper. Was Mindy switched at birth, or was something even more disturbing going on?
Julia’s quest to unravel the mystery of Mindy’s parentage led her down dark roads and into dangerous situations. She found assistance from detectives from Tennessee who believe there may be some connection between Mindy and a cold case in Nashville, and from someone with a very personal reason for finding the truth.It is for a very good reason that J.T. Ellison is a New York Times bestselling author. She’s racked up numerous awards for her stand-alone psychological thrillers. TEAR ME APART is undoubtedly one her very best. Be prepared for an all-night reading session through this brilliant tale of suspense. How far will a mother go to protect her child? Read this and find out it’s very far indeed. Highly recommended.
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