I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Monica Murphy’s latest, Never Tear Us Apart! If this one isn’t on your TBR, it should be.
Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy
Series: Never Tear Us Apart #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Format: eARC, 416 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.
Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.
So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.
As a fan of many of Monica Murphy’s previous books, I was really excited to learn she was going to be tackling something a little darker in Never Tear Us Apart. I was really anxious to see what she would do with the story and these characters and I gotta say, I’m really impressed.
Never Tear Us Apart won’t be for everyone. I’m extremely open-minded when it comes to my reading but, I have to be honest, I was a little uncomfortable with the subject matter when I first started reading it. You know from the blurb that this book is about a woman who was kidnapped as a child. Despicable things happened to her. And while the book is told from both the perspective of Katie then and now, there’s no vivid description of the horrific things she dealt with. Sure, we have a very good idea of the things that happen and that alone is hard enough to read at times, so if this sounds like it might be a trigger for you, then I would avoid this book. If you can set that aside and read, knowing that the character makes it through and begins to truly put herself back together during the course of this book, then you should definitely pick this up.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… This was an excellent book. My heart broke for Katie. No one should have to endure the things she has. Her life might not have been totally full but the fact that she was upright at all is impressive. Ethan and Katie’s lives were tied together by the actions of his lunatic father, Katie’s captor, rapist and tormentor. While I have to be honest and say sometimes Ethan’s fixation on Katie was a little off-putting, I also understood. They were linked. Her pain was his as well. They didn’t have long together as kids, but he saved her… and, in a way, himself. The feelings there were strong, even years later and without Katie knowing their shared past when they came face-to-face again.
Never Tear Us Apart was riveting. It played on my emotions and pulled at my heartstrings and I literally couldn’t put it down once I started reading. I had to know how the truth would come out (because I knew it would eventually and that it wouldn’t be great when it did) and what the ultimate fall out would be. Would Katie be able to understand why Ethan kept this secret from her? Would she be able to forgive him? Could they make a beautiful future together despite the ugliness in their past? I got some answers in this book, but now I can go back to impatiently waiting for the sequel Never Let You Go. I’m gonna need it, like, yesterday. For reals.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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