Thank you to JT Ellison for providing me this free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
It's rare that I commit to reading a book over 400 pages. J.T. Ellison's previous works proved this title would be worthy of the commitment. I am so glad I didn't let the page count deter me from tearing through this one.
Tear Me Apart is a s l o wburn suspense novel unlike what I have seen from Ellison in the past. Each character seemed to be made up of many layers, that JT slowly pulls back as their story is unveiled. There is no shocking twist or event that will blind-side you. What does the lack of a jaw-dropping-twist say to me? That her writing is at a pinnacle level and smoke and mirrors aren't necessary in this one. Don't get me wrong, I love being caught off guard just as much as the next reader, but managing to pull off a novel without having those things is quite impressive. I found the character developments and the levels of deception highly intriguing. Reading Tear me Apart was like watching someone's life evolve and play out in your mind. Who made them this way? What made them this way? Sometimes we get those answers and sometimes we don't. I appreciate the fact that Ellison daringly took on many deeply emotional themes: mental health, physical health and various forms of violence. Chances are you or someone you know will have been affected by one of the themes she presents in this book. In my opinion, she portrays these themes with the utmost care and respect for those who may have one, or more, of these hit a bit close to home. She did her homework, she is trying to erase stigmas and raise awareness. This one almost packs a 'quiet' punch that left me a bit more reflective than most novels do.
Please be sure to read the Author's Note at the end as she gets raw and real with readers and includes suicide prevention resources.
As far as suspense novels go, this is by far one the best I have read all year.