“You’re alone. You’re vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost.”
Samantha Hayes’ Until You’re Mine is fast-paced, psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a labyrinth. The novel tells the story from the perspectives of three different women, engrossed in the disturbing and unsettling mystery in their own ways, each desperate to unfold the suspicions happening in their worlds.
Claudia Morgan-Brown is an expectant mother– finally pregnant after years of longing for a child of her own. Zoe Harper is Claudia’s new live-in nanny with a shadowed past and a creepy persona that oozes guilt that sets her employer on the edge. And Lorraine Fisher is the Detective Inspector in charge of investigating the recent crimes against pregnant women. The three stories intertwine, pulling clues from unexpected places and pointing the “who-done-it” finger just in time to spring a surprise ending.
Until You’re Mine is a well written story that engages from the start, hook, line, and sinker. Everything moves at a fast and eloquent pace. I was absolutely involved in the story that kept me at a suspenseful, arm’s length distance. The writing talent especially shines through moments before the thriller comes to it’s dramatic climax.
The ending is labeled as “shocking” and “unexpected,” and I agree to a point. The ending does have its re-readable shock value– I found myself having to go back a few pages more than once– but I felt like the ending tried too hard. From the tone of entire novel, I expected the ending to turn out the way that it did. which was disappointing. The “shocking twist” seemed completely random and not well thought out at all. I also felt like the plot had a few unnecessary elements that distracted the reader from the novel’s true intent. (Here’s looking at you, Grace Scott.)
With that being said, Until You’re Mine is a thrilling and engaging read with a less-than-thrilling end, yet it still holds the potential to impress fans of mystery and suspense.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.