*Jen received a free copy of Tear You Apart by Megan Hart from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.. The opinions expressed are her own and were not influenced by the method in which she received the book.
At some point in this book I was either angry, turned on, or so upset I yelled at my husband. It was midnight, he was already sleeping, and I had finished Tear You Apart. I sat there for a while, just absorbing the ending and then, BAM, the anger hit. After everything, that’s how it ends? I was so emotionally gutted that I yelled at him which turned into tears of anger. Then, I made him listen while I recapped the story so he would understand why I was just so upset. I’m pretty sure he thinks I’ve lost my mind. I kind of felt like I was losing it, with all the angry crying I was doing. The more I thought about it, the more I was just gutted by the end. It took me forever to fall asleep because all I could do was relive the the whole damn book. I woke up the next morning still feeling raw, but I had a slightly different outlook on the ending after getting to sleep on it. I think this book is going to cause some serious emotional responses in readers.
From the time I read the books description, I was intrigued. I liked the way it was written, straight from the main characters thoughts. That’s how the whole book is written and it allows the reader to feel like they are in the story, experiencing the highest highs and the lowest lows. Elisabeth doesn’t experience the world like everyone else does, literally. Elizabeth has synesthesia (which is real, I looked it up!), which is a neurological disorder. When she hears a voice, it smells to her. When she experiences certain feelings, it can make her see colors. It’s wild and unique to have that in a book, and I will say that I found myself picturing in detail what Elisabeth was seeing and smelling. It heightened the emotional connection I shared with the main character. It was one of my favorite parts of this story.
I loved that Megan Hart wrote these characters as mid-40’s adults. No whiney adolescents, no macho bad boys, and I want to give Megan a high 5 for writing smart, intelligent characters. Elisabeth is a 45 year old woman, who is married, lonely, and feels underappreciated. Then she meets Will. Normally, I can’t stand these kinds of affair stories. Hasn’t the adultery storyline already been killed to death? Apparently not, because I was sucked in from page 1 and never once thought about not finishing it. Elisabeth’s journey from start to finish is a rocky road. I wanted to scream at her to get her crap together and fix things, and then her husband would act like such a jackass that it made me want Elisabeth to leave. I felt like I was hanging on to the middle of a tug-of-war rope, being pulled in different directions and the end of the game wasn’t in sight.
I felt bad for Will, but he knows what he’s getting into from the moment they meet. He’s an adult. He made the decision. So when he starts pulling his crappy stunts I feel like kicking him but then, what’s the guy supposed to do? How long does someone wait? I don’t know the answer to that question but I know that Will must feel like he’s hanging from the same tug-of-war rope that I was.
And then we have the ending. It wasn’t what I was expecting. It wasn’t easy to see happen. I think that sometimes we get what we deserve and Karma can be a bitch. I’m just not sure Elisabeth deserved what she got. I may not agree with the ending, but the author made me angry cry (is this even a current book term??), so she’s definitely doing something right!
My rating: 4.5 emotional, sexy, and gripping Stars
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About the Author:
Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.