Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison
This is a long one - bear with me, it’s important. 🎄
I will admit fully, this book sat on my TBR for WAY to long before I jumped on it. This book is (wonderfully) not at all what I was expecting when I picked it up. Where I was expecting a typical psychologically thriller, this is something more akin to a character drama, with a mystery and a twist of thriller mixed in, and I LOVED it. Once I picked it up, I burned through it within two days as I was genuinely curious to see what the twists were going to be. ☕️
The characters in this one are all interesting, a little flawed and very complicated and I love that in a story. I really enjoyed how J.T. Ellison moved the story back and forth between present day and the letter writing between Leisel & V decades before. It was the perfect way to unravel small clues to where the story was going, without letting the cat entirely out of the bag. Anytime I became convinced I knew where the story was headed I found myself wrong, and guessing again.
I don't want to reveal too much, as this is one that you deserve to enjoy without hints of spoilers, but I will say that I didn't see the ending coming, and I LOVED how it played out. Books that can surprise me get my highest praise, as it seems more and more difficult to do.
But the thing that really got me in the feels with this one, is that it’s a book that explores, very frankly, mental health issues. In the Authors Note, the wonderful @thrillerchick speaks a bit more about this, and why sparking open conversation about mental health and suicide was important to her. She talks about working to raise awareness for Project Semicolon, which works in the effort to prevent suicide.
As you can see - I am a supporter and advocate of Project Semicolon. I added this piece in memory of a much loved friend, who several years ago, lost his life to his battle with depression. I know the value in talking about these issues openly, de-stigmatizing them.
I know this month can be hard for some - these holidays aren’t the best time for everyone. If you are struggling right now, let me be the voice to say, you are wonderful and WANTED. And you are not alone.
If you need help this holiday season please know there are resources to support you every step. Do not give up the fight, as the light is just around the corner.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255