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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Until You're Mine: A Novel

Thriller. Mind-blowing. Didn't see that coming. Hashtags for these, maybe? This is Samantha Hayes's Until You're Mine.

After years of failing, Claudia has almost brought her baby to term. It has been a long road, but it is finally almost time. Her husband, a Navy man, insists she hire a nanny to help with her two young stepchildren and the upcoming bundle of joy. Enter Zoe, a seemingly perfect nanny--almost too perfect. Claudia, a social worker, becomes suspicious that Zoe is not all she is cracked up to be. As pregnant women in the area are discovered murdered in a very specific fashion, Claudia wonders who Zoe really is and what she is doing in her house.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book threw me for a loop; I wasn't expecting that much of a smack in the head. It's fair to say that I was not expecting the ending that I got, which was a wonderful way to knock me off of my feet.

I found the storytelling to be compelling and enough to keep me in the book the whole time. Intriguing and beguiling, I found myself wanting to go back to the story in my downtime. Hayes tells the story from three different perspectives--Claudia's, Zoe's, and a third-person perspective of the police officers. I loved that Hayes included personal strife with the police officers to make them a bit more human and less official caricatures. I appreciated her ability to tell the story from multiple perspectives, leaving me with a firm belief as to who the unreliable narrator was. It was clear by voice who was speaking when.

This novel gripped me and I was thankful I picked it up. You all know I love a good thriller and I certainly found it in this one. It is well worth a read if you want something you don't want to put down for your lazy summer days but you still want to be spooked enough.

Hard copy for purchase below.

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