Until You're Mine

Until You're Mine

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 tra...

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Title:Until You're Mine
Author:Samantha Hayes
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Until You're Mine Reviews

  • Elaine

    This is an absolutely stunning read. It is a psychological thriller told from three different points of view, that of Claudia, her nanny Zoe and Lorraine, a detective. Claudia and Zoe's stories are told in the first person, and because each character has a very distinct, individual voice, it works from the very first chapters. It seems to add to the chilling feel of the book as right from the start you are completely immersed inside the minds of two of the main characters, living the story with

    This is an absolutely stunning read. It is a psychological thriller told from three different points of view, that of Claudia, her nanny Zoe and Lorraine, a detective. Claudia and Zoe's stories are told in the first person, and because each character has a very distinct, individual voice, it works from the very first chapters. It seems to add to the chilling feel of the book as right from the start you are completely immersed inside the minds of two of the main characters, living the story with them.

    It is a book that simply drip feeds menace to the reader, with every single chapter seeming to seep out a little bit more so that by the end of the read you are completely wiped out. It is impossible to talk about the storyline itself without giving anything away, suffice to say that it is one where, as a woman, I could empathise, in different ways, with all three of the main characters.

    It is a very cleverly plotted book, one which will have you constantly trying to work things out in your head as you read on. The characters are very easy to connect and empathise with. When you have finished it, you will still be going over it in your mind the next day thinking "Could it have happened that way?" I found myself googling one particular thing just to check its feasibility and the answer was "yes".

    It was a book that had me gripped from the prologue and left me open mouthed at the end. I think it is one of the best books I have read in a long while and can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Lisa

    WOW. What a stunner.

    Now THAT'S the way you do it. Samantha Hayes has written a masterful tale of questions, suspense, and puzzling characters. Nothing quite makes sense until EVERYTHING makes sense. This was extremely well-written and well-developed, impressively so. Every base is covered. No loose ends. And in the end, we had a perfect, completed jigsaw puzzle worthy of shellacking and hanging up on the study wall.

    AND possibly THE BEST last line of my entire reading life.

    BRAVO!

  • Linda Strong

    This was a great psychological thriller by Samantha Hayes. She is a new author to me and I'm eager to read more of her books.

    Claudia is 8 1/2 months pregnant. She's married to James, who is in the Navy and step-mom to James' twin 4-year-old sons. She is working as a social worker and as her husband will be on a submarine somewhere when she delivers, she is looking for a nanny to help out.

    Lorraine is an officer of the law. Her newest case involves the murder of a pregnant woman and her baby. The

    This was a great psychological thriller by Samantha Hayes. She is a new author to me and I'm eager to read more of her books.

    Claudia is 8 1/2 months pregnant. She's married to James, who is in the Navy and step-mom to James' twin 4-year-old sons. She is working as a social worker and as her husband will be on a submarine somewhere when she delivers, she is looking for a nanny to help out.

    Lorraine is an officer of the law. Her newest case involves the murder of a pregnant woman and her baby. The woman was cut open, resembling a Cesarean Section. Having children of her own, and having problems with her husband, isn't helping with her efforts to concentrate on the case.

    Zoe applies for the position of nanny. Zoe has secrets, lots of secrets.

    The chapters alternate between the three woman. Extremely well written. Lots of roller coaster twists and turns. The final twist is a real eye-opener. Will leave you flabbergasted. You'll want to re-read it to see the clues you missed.

    Highly recommend this one to anyone who likes a psychological thrill and a humdinger of a mystery.

  •  Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader

    ********

    Ever had the feeling that after all the hundreds of mystery crime books you've read, you think you've got this one all worked out?

    Don't count on it!!

    by

    is the first in the

    series.

    There's not much I want to say about this book as I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that this was a whopper of a book!

    The author weaves an intriguing and believable storyline with characters you can't help but like, especially DC Fisher and Claudia. Despite my misgivings about Zoe, I grew to like her quite a lot.

    expertly crafted novel had me right where she wanted me. Hook, line, and sinker!

    I already have a few of her other novels on my shelves and if they are anything like this one, I look forward to the challenge of working out the

    answer to the next mystery! Stay tuned!

  • Blair

    When I read the awful

    last month, I stated my desire to stop reading these chick-lit/crime thriller things. Yet here I am, a few weeks later, reading another one. It has practically the same cover as well ('woman with one eye' apparently being the new shorthand for sinister goings-on in the upper-middle-class suburbs), AND it's centred around a character who is desperate for a baby. In my defence, I'd had

    waiting to be read for months, having obtained an advance c

    When I read the awful

    last month, I stated my desire to stop reading these chick-lit/crime thriller things. Yet here I am, a few weeks later, reading another one. It has practically the same cover as well ('woman with one eye' apparently being the new shorthand for sinister goings-on in the upper-middle-class suburbs), AND it's centred around a character who is desperate for a baby. In my defence, I'd had

    waiting to be read for months, having obtained an advance copy through

    , and thought I ought to get it out of the way since it's now been released. However, rather than cementing the opinion I formed after the ordeal of

    , the book restored my faith in the potential of this particular kind of story.

    There are three main characters in

    . Claudia, heavily pregnant with her first child, is a social worker, wife to naval officer James and stepmother to young twin boys, Oscar and Noah. Zoe is the nanny Claudia hires to help with the twins and new baby. Lorraine is a CID officer investigating the murder of a pregnant woman. Right from the start, there's a suggestion that something's not right about Zoe, and using three different narratives (first person for Claudia and Zoe, third person for Lorraine) the author constantly drives the story in unexpected directions. The plot thickens when hidden connections between the characters - and the murdered woman - begin to emerge. But who can the reader trust? Which of these narrators isn't telling the truth - or are they

    being dishonest?

    is a thrilling ride of a book, tense and gripping with clues and cliffhangers on every other page. I found myself thinking about it when I was doing stuff like housework, attempting to figure out how all the pieces of the puzzle slotted together. It's fun trying to work out the connections, and while I guessed immediately that

    and had an idea about the identity of the murderer, I would never in a million years have guessed that

    !! Even after discovering this, while it does make sense, I still think there is no way I could have realised. There's also a couple of chapters in the latter half of the book in which the author does a fantastic job of writing about a whole series of events without actually revealing

    she's writing about. And there's a real punch right at the very end... The last line is brilliant.

    I was originally going to give this book three stars... But, having thought about it, I really don't have anything bad to say about it. The biggest criticism I could come up with would be something like 'it's not exactly great literature', but who would expect it to be? Unlike many stories of this type, the plot isn't ridiculous - well, I suppose it probably

    ridiculous, but ridiculous in a

    sort of way, exhilarating rather than unbelievable. The book is also pretty well-written - while the language is very straightforward, I didn't notice any flaws in it at all, and that's unusual for this genre. I'd recommend this to crime/thriller readers: I would definitely read more by the author, and next time I'm in the mood for something like this I will be looking out for her name.

  • Cora Tea Party Princess

    This was amazing! I thought I had this one all figured out and then the last few chapters blew my mind and theories serpentine to shreds. That endings marvellous.

    This was a very complex mystery/thriller/crime novel full of twists and turns and surprises. I was actually so surprised by the outcome that I had to reread the ending.

    From the very beginning I was hooked. The prologue is so powerful I was still thinking about it on the last page.

    Speaking of last pages, the epilogue had me trying to tur

    This was amazing! I thought I had this one all figured out and then the last few chapters blew my mind and theories serpentine to shreds. That endings marvellous.

    This was a very complex mystery/thriller/crime novel full of twists and turns and surprises. I was actually so surprised by the outcome that I had to reread the ending.

    From the very beginning I was hooked. The prologue is so powerful I was still thinking about it on the last page.

    Speaking of last pages, the epilogue had me trying to turn the page again and again even when I knew the story was finished - I just so badly wanted to read on.

  • Elyse Walters

    3.7 rating! I kept thinking about the movie "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". Actress Rebecca De Mornay plays the 'nanny'.

    "Zoe Harper", nanny extraordinaire, in "Until You're Mine", and Rebecca De Mornay have a few character traits in common. ***Creepy qualities***

    Its a family affair-(haha), with Zoe watching the young twin boys of James and Claudia. Claudia has another child due soon. Zoe is hired to help. James leaves home for work for long stretches. He's a Navy Officer.

    While the family dram

    3.7 rating! I kept thinking about the movie "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". Actress Rebecca De Mornay plays the 'nanny'.

    "Zoe Harper", nanny extraordinaire, in "Until You're Mine", and Rebecca De Mornay have a few character traits in common. ***Creepy qualities***

    Its a family affair-(haha), with Zoe watching the young twin boys of James and Claudia. Claudia has another child due soon. Zoe is hired to help. James leaves home for work for long stretches. He's a Navy Officer.

    While the family drama is happening --an investigation is in full swing for a horrific murder. Lorraine and Adam -(a married couple with two daughters -with problems of their own) --are in charge of the investigation.

    While the reader is trying to figure out who the killer is...

    Keep in mind, THIS is a FUN-THRILLER-RIDE. Its FICTION!!!

    If you go into your 'head' and try to pick-it-apart as to what feels 'realistic' or 'not', you'll spoil your own enjoyment!

    I'm pretty good at guessing "WHO THE BAD GUY IS",

    I guessed correct in 'Gone Girl' during the first 10 pages, but not with this novel! Not even close!!!

    The twist is a great part of this story! WOW-WONDERFUL!! As in 'got-ya'!

    The 'ride' doesn't disappoint, at all!!! The ending is a RUSH!

    This is one of those books where LESS information is best!

    READ the Blurp, (it tells all you need to know)....

    Its page turning 'Addicting'! Leave your critical thinking about realism in the closet. Enjoy an escape-read! You'll be dying to know how it comes together!

    Thanks to the publisher, Netgalley, and Congrats to the author!

  • debra

    Was 3.5-4. Good twisty escape read with an escalating sense of menace. There were a few character inconsistencies and maybe one too many unnecessary side plots thrown in- but they didn't really detract from enjoyment. . Last sentence made me smile and round up.

    Audio version had v good narrator- only caveat-story told from alternating POVs and you had to pay attention to know which character you were listening to. Not a serious problem, though.

    Read Melissa's, Kelly(and the book boar)'s, and Maur

    Was 3.5-4. Good twisty escape read with an escalating sense of menace. There were a few character inconsistencies and maybe one too many unnecessary side plots thrown in- but they didn't really detract from enjoyment. . Last sentence made me smile and round up.

    Audio version had v good narrator- only caveat-story told from alternating POVs and you had to pay attention to know which character you were listening to. Not a serious problem, though.

    Read Melissa's, Kelly(and the book boar)'s, and Maureen's reviews for a real review ; ))

  • Dem

    I love a good Psychological thriller and Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes is one of those books that has you hooked from page one.

    I loved the plot of this novel."

    I love a good Psychological thriller and Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes is one of those books that has you hooked from page one.

    I loved the plot of this novel."

    The first two thirds of this novel was dark and disturbing and the author kept me guessing where the story was going, the characters were interesting and I was intrigued with the story. However the last third of the novel really did not work for me at all and I felt was inconsistent with what went before, I don't want to go into detail but I was disappointed with the conclusion of the story.

  • Erika Schoeps

    1.5 Stars

    Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN READING THIS REVIEW, PLEASE KNOW THAT IT IS LOADED WITH SPOILERS.

    You should honestly read this review anyway, because I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone anyways.

    I'm finally that person writing a negative review in contrast to all the many positive, glowing reviews. When I first read the description of this book and entered the giveaway, I was SO excited. I even told a bunch of my friends about it, an

    1.5 Stars

    Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN READING THIS REVIEW, PLEASE KNOW THAT IT IS LOADED WITH SPOILERS.

    You should honestly read this review anyway, because I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone anyways.

    I'm finally that person writing a negative review in contrast to all the many positive, glowing reviews. When I first read the description of this book and entered the giveaway, I was SO excited. I even told a bunch of my friends about it, and created a waiting list of people who wanted it after I was done. Go ahead. Read the description and tell me that doesn't sound awesome. I know you want to read it.

    I got this book and began it as soon as I had a little bit of time on my hands. I was pulled in immediately. But, even at the beginning, there were hints that this experience was about to be turned sour. This book is about a pregnant woman who hires a nanny to help her with her existing children and the child she is about to have. Her husband is in the Navy, and is always gone, which supposedly adds and element of creepiness. We witness this story through the minds of the female detective taking care of the case, the pregnant mother, and the nanny. From the beginning, we get to read the thoughts and actions of the suspicious nanny. The nanny is constantly having suspicious thoughts, where she gets sentimental and talks about how she is going to ruin the lives of the family she is working for. This tirade of thoughts is so constant, its annoying. It felt as if the author believed that I was mentally impaired, and needed to shove this information down my throat until I was choking on it. SERIOUSLY, I GET IT, THE NANNY IS HAVING SUSPICIOUS THOUGHTS. Why didn't you just freaking include a description of a red arrow floating above her head?

    For the rest of this review, I'm just going to put character's names and then record all the problems and inconsistencies in their behavior.

    Nanny (Zoe/Heather): As I said before, the nanny won't stop thinking these red herring thoughts that will annoy the crap out of you. This continues until "the twist" is revealed. The author tries to tell you through the nanny's thoughts that this woman REALLY wants a baby to please her crazy significant other, and this is reflected in the nanny's constant thoughts about securing a baby. But, as we reach the end, we learn that she doesn't actually want a baby, and that she isn't trying at all. Wait, so then why was she having thoughts about wanting a baby so bad? Why is she using a pregnancy test if she hasn't had sex with anyone? Why did she break it in half if she doesn't actually give a shit? The author focuses less on the bigger picture of how these pieces fit together, and again, questions your intelligence by failing to match up behaviors and thoughts from the beginning of the book with the real characters revealed at the end. It's absolutely lazy, and it completely took me out of the story.

    Later on, we have two more huge inconsistencies. The nanny, (who is later revealed to be an undercover agent), breaks into the husband's study to search for files. The pregnant mother is a social worker, and has the files for a woman who was killed by a murderer trying to cut out her baby. As the reader, we've had it rammed into our minds that the nanny is this murderer. Anyways, the nanny breaks into the husband's office, and proceeds to take pictures of the murdered woman's file. This makes sense with what we know at the time. At the end of the book, when the nanny is rumored to be an undercover agent, we learn that the husband was actually part of some money laundering operation (totally random plot point that comes out of nowhere that the author seemed to throw in because she had no idea what she doing). So wait, why was the nanny taking pictures of the murdered woman's file? That's completely irrelevant to her supposed purpose in the house. Yet again, the author forgot to match up the past self with the real self. That's just lazy writing.

    Last inconsistency. The police are trying to solve the pregnant women murders, and they are led to the nanny. They interview the nanny multiple times, and each time she turns bright red, acts incredibly nervous, and seems uncomfortable. This makes sense at the time with what the reader knows, which is that the nanny is totally the murderer. It doesn't make sense when we later learn that the nanny is an undercover agent. She's been UNDERCOVER for weeks, and suddenly she's incapable of lying in this situation? Lazy, stupid writing. Either she's a frighteningly incompetent secret agent, or the author just didn't feel like making this story plausible. What's weird is that the female detective acts really, really, weird about the interviews. She talks about how the nanny seemed to be totally in control of the interview. They were literally 3-4 descriptions in a row of this nanny acting nervous and turning bright raspberry multiple times, in a row. Why the hell does this female detective find this so coy? This isn't even a lack of connection between past self and real self, it just doesn't make any sense at all.

    Pregnant Woman (Ends up being the murderer and is faking her pregnancy): Come on readers. I read so many reviews for this book, and they all talked about the "amazing twist" at the end. I have no idea what constitutes a twist for you, but this definitely isn't it. There are no hints at this coming, and it doesn't match this woman's behavior throughout the book at all. And the twist has no complexity or building up either. All of a sudden, the killer is revealed. This is just dumb.

    The worst thing that bothered me (not an inconsistency, just something really ridiculous), was that the pregnant woman discovers that her nanny BROKE INTO HER HUSBAND'S OFFICE AND TOOK PICTURES OF PRIVATE GOVERNMENT FILES. She proceeds to NOT FIRE THE NANNY, and instead agonizes about hurting her nanny's feelings. I want to emphasize how ridiculous this is, but unlike the author, I do not believe you lack intelligence.

    The Detectives: Another problem with the author: Artificial extension of the plot. The author belabored and artificially filled the story by making these detectives act like bumbling fools. At one point, the female detective failed to follow up on a lead, and the male detective literally asked her why she didn't. The author prolonged things by making her characters act like idiots, AND THEN LITERALLY HAD THE OTHER DETECTIVE POINT OUT THAT THEY WERE ACTING DUMB. There's the other point that I already brought up in which they interview the nanny. At this point, the nanny is looking pretty suspicious. They interview her, and during this interview she blushes, acts nervous, and basically has "I'm guilty" printed on her forehead. The female detective even points out that the nanny is a horrendous liar. They leave the interview and seem incredibly suspicious, but they fail to tail her, investigate her, and report this horribly suspicious incident to anyone. Come on guys.

    The worst part of the detective's story is their daughter. The author wanted to extend her already lengthy, horrible novel by adding a side plot that is stupid, frustrating, and completely irrelevant to the main plot. The female detective and the male detective are married, and have two daughters. The female detective comes home to her daughter telling her she's moving out and getting married at 17. I don't know how realistically the author handled this situation, because I've never been involved in anything like this, but it seemed contrived. The daughter gives her mother a nasty attitude about the whole situation and acts like a horribly spoiled brat, while the mother and father fail to take any constructive action at all. As annoying as this sideplot was, it was also totally unnecessary. I didn't care about the detective's daughter before, during, or after the conflict... she wasn't relevant to the story. Why would the author add this?

    In a technical aspect, this book wasn't horrible. As frequently as I bashed the author, her writing style was not horrible, it just wasn't anything special. The writing itself exists simply to hurry the plot along without embellishment. As much as this book was supposed to be a thriller, it didn't convey a lot of tension. The gaping plot holes always prevented me from being immersed in the story, and the constant red herrings and obvious actions of the nanny didn't help either. As much as everything fell apart, the author did one thing correctly. The last sentence is phenomenal and incredibly creepy, although when I think about it, it didn't really make sense... unless all the cops were really as stupid as they seemed to be. Save yourself the trouble and don't read this book.

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