Book Review: Never Tear Us Apart (Never Tear Us Apart #1) by Monica Murphy
Never Tear Us Apart By: Monica Murphy Release Date: January 5, 2016 Publisher: Bantam Add to Goodreads GR's Summary: Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love. 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. My father.
I am a huge fan of Monica Murphy's writing. Any book that has her name on it is an auto read for me. When I saw the beautiful book cover and then read the intriguing book summary for, Never Tear Us Apart, I had to get my hands on it. I have always been fascinated by the criminal mind, and it's hard to fathom how deranged, psychotic, and sadistic an individual can be.
Never Tear Us Apart begins in the present. Katherine "Katie" Watts is being interviewed by a prominent news figure. As she reflects back to eight years in her past, we learn about her abduction, rape, and traumatizing abuse at the hands of a sadistic serial killer. The story then alternates between the present and the past, as well as between Katie and Will/Ethan (her abductor's son's) point of view. Never Tear Us Apart was filled with angst and a vast array of emotions. We go on Katie's journey with her as she deals with the traumatic after effects from her abduction. As she attends weekly therapy sessions, she is working on dealing with her fears, and trying to learn how to empower herself, heal, and live a happy life. Will has tried to move on from being his father's son. He has permanently changed his name to Ethan, and lives a new life where he has separated himself from his past. He has never stopped thinking about Katie, and when he see's her interview, wants to see that she is okay. He tracks her down, but is scared that she will not want to see him, if she knows who he really is. Therefore, he introduces himself as Ethan, and is not recognized due to the fact that he has changed so much from eight years ago. Ethan can't seem to stay away from Katie; nor she him. They share a connection, and Katie doesn't know what it is, but Ethan makes her feel protected and comfortable around him. As Ethan and Katie spend time with one another, he is patient, kind, and sensitive to her needs. I loved how devoted and protective he was of Katie, but it bothered me that he kept his past identity a secret. Katie was realistic and multifaceted character. I enjoyed seeing her experience romantic feelings and desire for the first time. I admired her strength, resilience, and determination to heal. The story was slow building, and primarily focused on the emotions and thoughts of the two main characters. Never Tear Us Apart had a to be continued ending.
I give, Never Tear Us Apart, by Monica Murphy 4 Emotional, Resilient, Sweet Patient Love Filled Stars! I am looking forward to reading, Never Let You Go, and seeing how Ethan and Katie's story ends. These two deserve a happily ever after.
New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.