This pedometer read Samantha Hayes’ Until You’re Mine. Received from Blogging for Books, it is the latest Advanced Reader Copy read; this is the Reader’s Guide edition paperback edition as it was originally published in Great Britain in 2013. This is the extended review of this suspense thriller.
Until You’re Mine
By Samantha Hayes
Published by Broadway Books,
An Imprint of Crown Publishing Group, 2015
As it indicates on the back cover blurb, Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all—she has a happy family comprised of her husband James, two young stepsons, Noah and Oscar, and a much desired baby on the way.
She is a social worker and has seen her share of sad families. She has had to take children from bad situations so she knows that the life she leads is special as her due date rapidly approaches.
With James about to leave for an extended time away with the Navy, she and James hire Zoe, a nanny with exemplary references to help with childcare now, and in the future. Yet, despite Zoe’s relatively easy entry into the family dynamics, Claudia is increasingly paranoid and begins to distrust Zoe the longer she is in their employ despite the vetted employment record. To keep the nanny or not is a frequent question in her mind especially when James leaves for Naval submarine maneuvers.
During this same time interval, there have been several attacks upon a few full-term pregnant women. A husband and wife detective team is on the case to find out who is behind the attacks. It seems as if someone wants a baby, and badly, in this suspense thriller that gives new meaning to whom-do-you-trust- to-care-for-your-children.
Told from three different perspectives of Claudia, Zoe, and Lorraine, one of the detectives, this novel has twists and turns and thrills and chills. It will have readers whipping through this roller coaster of a tale as each of these women have things to hide and issues that get in the way before it is all sorted out. Overall, this tale is suspenseful to the end…and chilling to discover what one woman will do to have her dreams come true.
While this is the first of this author’s works that I have read, it probably won’t be the last. Definitely a recommended read.