⇒RELEASE DAY REVIEW! “The truth will set you free but the lies are what keep me safe.” –Because You’re Mine ⇐
**Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Rea Frey
(4.3 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: August 06, 2019, by St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 358 (Kindle version)
Sometimes I wonder if we ever really know the people in our lives: their hidden truths, their complexities, their lies.
The other day I learned that my best friend really enjoys getting lottery tickets as gifts. I have known her since we were in high school (let’s just say that we are well-removed from high school now), and I have never ever ever known that she loves lottery tickets.
How can that possibly be? Not only did that make me wonder what else I don’t know about her, but it also made me realize that surely there are things about me that she doesn’t know either.
And while lottery tickets and the fact that maybe – just maybe – I don my Halloween wig and use my hairbrush as a microphone to belt out Adele songs aren’t the darkest of secrets, they’re still examples of the things we don’t know about the ones we’re closest to.
Because You’re Mine is about the secrets that we keep. Here’s the blurb:
Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.
But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?
Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.
Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.
But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden.
As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it’s no mystery someone is gone after all…
It was hard to avoid bumping into reviews of this book on social media. It was already very popular even before its release date.
And many of the reviewers exclaimed about the ultimate “twist”, but perhaps Rea Frey tricked us all in that there was more than one twisty plot point that redirected my perception about the entire book and its characters.
It is suspenseful and the surprises work to speed up the overall action of the story which seem to drag a bit up to that point. Just a humble non-writer’s opinion here, but would it have been more suspenseful if we didn’t start the book already knowing that someone dies? It may have made me care about the story’s progression a bit more.
Overall, a good addition to Frey’s body of work. My only gripe is that I really didn’t care about any of these people in the end because I trusted none of them from the beginning!
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When she’s not exercising, mothering, adulting, wifing, eating, or writing about herself in the third person, you can find her hard at work on her next book and ghostwriting for other people