Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on August 6, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 352
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The truth will set you free—but it’s the lies that keep you safe.
Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.
But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?
Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.
Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.
But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden.
As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it’s no mystery someone is gone after all…
Because You’re Mine is a breathtaking novel of domestic drama and suspense.
Prepare to stay up all night.
After having enjoyed Rea Frey’s debut novel, Not Her Daughter, I was curious to see what she would do with her second book. And Because You’re Mine wound up not being quite what I expected.
This book starts out with an intriguing prologue, then backtracks to reveal more through alternating perspectives and timelines. The structure worked well for the story, helping to build suspense and slowly disclose all the secrets that each character is hiding. (And boy, do they all have secrets!) Frey’s writing style also flows extremely well, making for effortless reading.
My biggest issue with Because You’re Mine is a lack of cohesiveness. While the ending was one of the options I’d briefly toyed with, it didn’t quite sit right with the way the rest of the story was told. There were definitely some clues leading up to it, but the narration throughout didn’t quite jibe with the ultimate reveal. I closed this feeling a bit unsatisfied and like I finished a different book than the one I started.
Despite my issues, Because You’re Mine was an entertaining and suspenseful read. This may not be my favorite book by this author but I will be on the lookout for what she does next.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.