Throwback Thursday: Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes #TBT

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Release date: April 13, 2013

Genre: Psychological Thriller


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. 


I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!

Until You’re Mine has been recommended to me more times than I can count and I bought it forever ago and am now kicking myself for not having read it the moment I received it! This was a cleverly plotted, unpredictable read that kept me entertained and totally captivated the whole time.

This is told from three perspectives, Claudia, Zoe and Lorraine. This seems like a pretty straightforward story, but nothing is ever that simple, is it? Claudia is heavily pregnant and needs help when her husband has to leave as he’s in the Navy, so they hire Zoe as their live in nanny and it’s clear from the jump that she has many secrets. Lorraine is a police officer working on a case where pregnant woman are being attacked and murdered and her investigation causes her to cross paths with Claudia and Zoe. Pregnancy and babies are at the forefront of everything and I’m really glad I didn’t read this while I was pregnant, yikes!! 

I loved the mutual distrust between Zoe and Claudia, it added so much tension and was a bit like a good old fashioned game of cat and mouse. There is a sinister vibe, something dangerous lurking just around the corner that intrigued me to no end. The writing was slick and fluid and by the last half I was well and truly gripped. I don’t want to say too much more, but the ending of this was explosive, chilling and the last sentence? Creepily perfect! 

Overall rating: 5/5

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