What a heck of a thrilling ride!! This book threw out for a loop, lassoed me back, and then kept me stuck to it till I reached The End and the Acknowledgements.
My first book by Author J. T. Ellison, and the author has surpassed my wildest dreams. Reading the blurb, I thought it might be a good book, but reading the prose I realized it was a great thriller which had just pummeled me to submission to sit with it and finish in one go!! What more did one need from a thriller!!
Starting with Mindy, a professional skier wanting to make it to US Olympic team, who crashed while skiing and broke her leg and incidentally discovered to suffer from aggravating form of leukemia. The next step had to be a stem cell transplant!! And there-in lay the plot – no DNA match, she is not their daughter!!
Can opened, worms squirming all over, each worm ickier than the previous, carrying a big fat secret. The book had the CBI aunt Juliet discovering truths, the mother Lauren showing her version of truths, and the father Jasper believing his truths!! Add to this rigmarole, an 18 year old murder, a mental health facility, a 20+ year old death, a weird mother, a soldier whose file has been redacted.. Wow, what was not to love about this book?!!
The fast pace, the plot fit, the reasoning, the secrets all made this book an exciting read, in spite of my niggles, I had guessed the plot because the clues were that obvious. But what an adrenaline rush!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Mira Books, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.
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.
Publication date : 28th August, 2018
Publisher : Mira Books
Happy you loved this, too, Shalini, and your review is so entertaining!
Jennifer, it was right up my alley… You could say that. Fun book thanks to all Reviews I saw here
Fantastic review, sounds like my kinda book!
Hahaha darlin, we should have buddy read then…
We should, shouldn’t we? Should we buddy read – what was originally called – ACB? 🤔🤔😉😉📖📖😂😂😂😂
Or maybe BHA…
Oh yes and all the ones following it?
hopefully there will be plenty
Yp… Hopefully you will always ask me.. 😉😉😂😂 You better or else…
Wait, who are you?
Huhh… What… No idea… I think I am your fan girly stalker…
Ha Umm… Of course.
Huhhh did I hear a hesitation at the beginning of your comment?? 😉😉😂😂
Ahh another to add to my never ending TBR! Fantastic review, as always. 😘❤
Thank you darlin♥️♥️😘😘 all good vibes to you and lotsa hugs
I just bought this to listen to on Audible! Great review!
Thank you so much Holly. This was a fab read!!
Yay, glad you liked it too. 💋
It has been endorsed by the Highness the Empress had to be good😉😉😘😘♥️♥️
I have to check this out 😮 🙂
Please do. It is a fun fast book
Sounds like a wild ride! Awesome review, Shalini. I started one of those thrillers I told you about, and sadly, it started off so slow that I ended up nodding off (needless to say, it has now been deleted off my kindle). This one sounds much better! I should just wait and have you weed out all the bad ones for me first. 🙂 Hope you are having a great week!
Hey Leslie, I haven’t yet got to the thrillers… I am just trying to get my TBR list shortened… But alas.. I keep adding at double speed too. So taking a 2 day break 😉😉😘😘 have a fantastic week
Great review! Glad to see this one was a good one for you! I am adding it!
This was a fab read… Enjoyed it thoroughly 😊
Thank you.. How are you sir
Welcome, fine mam,, how r u mam
I am down with flu… So resting
You are not resting during flu. Earlier days i advised for rest but you are busy inworking. Please rest two or three days and take care
Yes festival time… So resting
Ok take care mam
Awesome review Shalini! I’ve been seeing this EVERYWHERE!
You need to read this soon darlin..😜😘🔜📖
It’s on my list!🤗
Glad you enjoyed this one too!!
Love love love your review! All those terrible worms! So glad you love this book as well!💕💕
I was scrolling down your posts… You have read some of the best books… Wow📚📚😮😮📚📚
I love your description of the book lassoing you in. It sounds like a well crafted book.
It kept me stuck to the book till I finished it… Yp lassoed😁
Thank you so much Ayushi
Excellent review Shalini. I love reading your reviews. 😊
Laurie, how is your health darlin? That is more important
You’re so thoughtful Shalini. 🙂 I’m doing better since my surgery, but now we are in for a horrendous hurricane and possible tornado, so I’m hoping we will all be okay and that our house won’t blow away. 🤦🏽♀️
Yikes… Are you in the way of the angry hurricane… Omg omg… Please be safe.. All my prayers for you. Take care Laurie please.. I am worried. Keep your meds close especially after surgery 😓😘😘♥️♥️🙏🙏
Yes, we are in the path of that angry hurricane. It’s headed our way. 😩 Thank you so much for the prayers. We can certainly use as many as we can get!! I am going to try to remember to gather everything we need in case we have to run. Thank you so much for your concern Shalini. 😘😘🤗🤗
Make a list Laurie… And don’t forget important documents
Yes ma’am! We are trying to take precautions. Now they’re saying it will hit hard tonight. I hate hurricanes and tornadoes in the dark. 😩
I will pray for you, darlin. Please be safe
Thank you!! 😘😘
I am hoping to get to this one soon, Great review. JT Ellison is a great author, glad you got the opportunity to read one of hers.
I loved this one… Thank you Carla… How have you been?
Good thanks, foot is healing nicely. How are you doing?
I am glad you are not in pain… How’s diet on?
Well, this weekend because I ate what was served, I did very poorly. Now trying to get back on track. Hopefully, I will get in the pool for some water walking to get moving again.
Have you been away? It feels as if I have missed you…
Yes, I am trying to catch up. I was at a Women’s Retreat, left Friday morning, but was busy most of last week getting things ready. I am trying to catch up on everyone’s posts today. It is nice to be missed, Shaline.
Girlie, of course I miss you… I see 2 or 3 Reviews of yours every day… I need the motivation to try to be like you at least read 1 book per day. I am glad you had fun
That is because I listen to one, have one going on my kindle and a third sits by my bed and is the one I read outside in the sun. I often finish them all the same day, then go a couple days without finishing anything. As long as I can keep them separate, I am doing good.