Book Review: Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes

until you're mineUntil You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes

Until You’re Mine tells the story of Claudia who seems to have the perfect life. She’s heavily pregnant with a much wanted baby; she has a loving husband, and a beautiful home. And then Zoe steps into her life. Zoe has come to help Claudia when her baby arrives. But there’s something about Zoe that Claudia doesn’t like. Or trust. And when she finds Zoe in her room going through her most personal possessions, Claudia’s anxiety turns to real fear.

Received a free copy from Library Of Birmingham as part of their Big City Read, in exchange for a review. The Author’s website is here

This story is told in multiple, female voices – two first person (Claudia and Zoe), one third person (Lorraine, the police detective). There’s plenty to keep the reader guessing, as the pregnant Claudia hires Zoe to help be a nanny to her twin step-sons as Claudia’s Navy husband returns to sea, and her due date comes nearer.   It seems Zoe is not all she seems, and everyone is hiding secrets.

Meanwhile Lorraine and her police detective husband are working the murder of one pregnant woman and the near fatal attack of another near-term woman, as it seems that there is nothing some people will do for a baby of their own.

Since saying much more will be entering this post into the Spoiler zone, I’ll try to say no more on the subject.  There is an exploration of motherhood – those who cant have children but want one, those who can but dont deserve them, those who have them but whose children never end up as planned, looking after someone else’s children.

The choice of the multiple voices was good, not only from preventing the reader from getting bored, but allowing the dénouement to be clouded, but fast until the climax. Because of the subject matter, and some of the scenes covered in the book, this is not for everyone, but worth it for those who are able to get through it.

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