ARC: Until You’re Mine: A Novel by Samantha Hayes

18240246Until You’re Mine: A Novel
Samantha Hayes
Crown April 15, 2014
Pages 368
ISBN13: 9780804136891
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Recommendation: 3/5
Reviewer: Melinda

You’re alone. You’re vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost.

Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two small step-sons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby’s arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But despite Zoe’s glowing recommendations and instant rapport with the children, there’s something about her that Claudia cannot trust.

Moreover, there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work and her family far away, who will be there to protect her? And why does she feel unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in her seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe’s blurry past and begins to wonder – how far would someone go to have a child of her own?

Riveting from its very first pages, Until You’re Mine is a multilayered masterwork of twisted, psychological suspense. Readers of Before I Go to Sleep and Turn of Mind will be enthralled by this multilayered novel, featuring a twisted plot that ends in a breathtaking and shocking finale.
~Goodreads page summary~

I enjoyed the writing and the premise, but a few details prevented me from really loving the book.

Heavy on the ‘baby talk’ – yes, I am quite aware it is a large part of the narrative but repeating it over and over grates on my nerves. I felt the story dragged on, at times I was in the same place failing to gain area – repetitive, rehashed continually with a few crumbs scattered. I’m confident if 75 pages were shaved off it certainly will improve the book overall. There was a certain amount of predictability, which is expected. The transitions were clunky and creates a growing preposterous narrative with lack of character credibility. The book starts off with your interest, cools off severely until the end where it feels ridiculous and randomly pulled together. Great try on Hayes part and she nearly hit the high note but more attention to details, less quantity of words with more quality, and don’t go for a shocker of an ending if it fails to compute and make sense. Too many loopholes and questions in the air for this reader.

If you’re not one to focus on details, enjoy a quick read but yet sluggish you will completely love this book sans plausibility. Pretty sure this is GONE GIRL’S step-sister – ending killed the book completely.





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