Monday, October 27, 2014

Until You're Mine
by Samantha Hayes

Publisher: Crown
Pages: 368
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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?


Kritters Thoughts:  A psychological thriller with such a fantastic twist that throws the reader for the best loop!  The prologue sets the scene with a woman who has been earning to be a mom for the longest time, but the reader doesn't know who this character is - not until the end!  Claudia is pregnant and her husband will be headed out to sea with the Navy, so they decide to hire a nanny to help with the twin boys and the upcoming arrival.  Zoe is the nanny and the reader gets to read from her perspective as well - so glad!

I loved that as a reader I was kept out of the dark at times and some chapters I didn't even know the character who was doing the talking - sometimes it is nice to be left out in the dark!  I also loved reading about the two investigator's home lives and how that affects them during the investigation into the murders.  It was nice to see that they had a home life beyond the job.  

Obviously I can't talk about it, but the twist in the ending just made the book for me.  I was enjoying it so so, but when the twist twisted - I was hooked and was ready to pass this book onto other mystery/thriller readers.  

After reading this book, I will be on the lookout for Samantha Hayes' previous and future books.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Blogging for Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.





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