Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes
N.B. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
The best thrillers are those with a plot twist that catches you by surprise. And one of the reasons that I was eager to read this book is that I knew there was a plot twist at the end. As I neared the climax of the book, I’d thought I figured it out. Except not completely. And that’s delicious.
This novel was a well-paced page-turner told by three different characters. Normally, I find this frustrating because just as I get involved with a particular character, the author changes viewpoint. However, Ms. Hayes avoids this by continuing the forward movement of the plot so that even if the point of view is different, the plot keeps moving. Also, the author also makes the three different characters distinct by using a unique blend of present and past tense as well as first and third person for the characters.
Aside from all the esoteric of writing, the book succeeds because it tells a wonderfully creepy story with twisted characters and gets at the roots of our some of our most basic fears—are we good mothers, are our children safe, and do we truly know another human being?