until you’re mine
”i loved samantha’s until your mine … this was another one that i really thought i knew what was going to happen but then i was wrong again excellent writing a fab author”
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.
this was a great psychological story .. where i simply was so shocked … its the tale oh how a social worker (you think) is getting involved with someone whom she actually lets into her home … is she safe or not ? is there more to to meet this girl than not ? …
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
iluvtoday‘s reviewRead from July 22 to August 10, 2013
well my instinct to pick this book up from the supermarket shelves was spot on … the story starts with a new nanny being interviewed for a position with a navy sailor and his new wife whom is practically going to give birth to the new daughter; she is step mum to the little twin boys …
however this story not only has their basic family life in but deep own has strong undercurrents of other issues too: esp when you meet Lorraine and her partner whom is also her husband
wont say much but this book should be a top seller and I would like to see it being top of the ratings when it comes out in paperback …
hopefully this authors’ other book are half as good
deffo worth a buy : brilliant suspenseful as a page turner should be and eventful without the reader being bored – far far from it !!
you belong to me
The compelling new psychological suspense novel featuring DI Lorraine Fisher, from the author of Until You’re Mine and Before You Die.
Isabel left England to escape her past. For the first time in months, she’s beginning to feel safe. But then a letter shatters her world once more as she learns of her parents’ death in a car crash. Reluctantly she returns home, unable to shake off the feeling she’s being watched but determined not to let fear rule her life any more.
DI Lorraine Fisher is in the middle of a big murder case — a serial killer is preying on young women. And it seems they had all complained of being stalked. She too is convinced she’s being watched.
Are both women victims of their own imagination or is someone out there watching and waiting? And will one of them be next?
First thing I have to mention about this book is the title. You Belong To Me. There couldn’t be a better title for a chilling book about stalking than a line from “Every Breath You Take”, a sinister creepy song sung by a stalker to his stalkee. It certainly sets the tone for this read, which just oozes menace and creepiness on every single page. This is the third outing for D I Lorraine Fisher and I have to say she is turning into my favourite female detective. In this book we see a far more vulnerable side to her. She is still the capable, determined character that we know, the one who is determined to get to the bottom of things, but here we see her also struggling to cope juggling with the pressures of an ever increasing workload and family life with a pair of teenage daughters.
All you really need to know is that this book is about stalking, manipulation and mind control and apart from that it is something you want to come to relatively fresh. Told from multiple viewpoints, some of which will chill you to the bone, it has an extremely intricate plot with quite a number of characters. However, it all comes together really nicely at an ending which can only be described as audacious. Read the book, tell your friends to read it but do not tell them what it is about for the simple reason that they will look at you and say “Are you kidding? That is dumb!” They would be right, the story hook does sound dumb if you say it out loud – but for some reason, against all the odds, it just totally works. It will make you double check your locks and have you looking over your shoulder and then at the end thinking “I can’t believe she got me like that”. Samantha Hayes really has pulled it off. Many many thanks to the publisher for the review copy
Oh God, please don’t let me die.
It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.
Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.
Is history about to repeat itself?
DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.
Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder?
And is the nightmare beginning again?
4.0 out of 5 starsBefore You Die 24 April 2014By ElaineGFormat:Kindle Edition
Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes was my favourite read of 2013, I raved about it to anyone who would listen all year, so when I spotted this on Netgalley, I just had to snap it up there and then. I approached it with anticipation – would it live up to my expectations? The answer is, not quite but very very nearly, say 99%. Until You’re Mine was just so good, that this novel was always going to be compared in relation to it, and although it is a very good read in its own right, it just doesn’t quite match up to its predecessor by a smidgeon. Having said that, rather like Elizabeth Haynes and Into The Darkest Corner, anything that Samantha Hayes writes from now on will probably be compared automatically to Until You’re Mine.
We see a lot more of Lorraine Fisher in this book, which I really enjoyed. I felt I got to know her as a person much more and, I have to say, I really look forward to reading more about her. This book is less psychological and more crime fiction with a very complex plot line, but is still tense and full of suspense and you are kept guessing throughout. Again, it is told from different perspectives which really add to that feeling you get when reading it that you don’t exactly know who to trust. As a Warwickshire lass myself, I loved the Warwickshire setting, and had fun trying to guess where the author had got her inspiration from for Radcote and Wellesbury, and was quite pleased to see Kenilworth and Leamington Spa featured.
It is gripping and a real page turner. I just had to know what would happen next. The complicated plot lines all come together in the end for an extremely good ending. It was only spoiled for me because, after her last book, I was ready to “expect the unexpected”, so I did work out who was responsible but not why and, I have to say, the epilogue really did take me by surprise!
she doesn’t disappoint again ..
i love this author i personally think she is ace
they make me simply just want to stay up all night to see what’s going to happen !