Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Review: Tell Me You're Mine by Elisabeth Noreback

Title: Tell Me You're Mine
Author: Elisabeth Noreback
Published: September 2018, G. P. Putnam's Sons
Format: ARC Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

In this riveting domestic suspense debut, a woman's life shatters when she meets a girl she believes is the daughter she lost years ago--and she finds that reclaiming the life she lost might cost her the life she has. Tell Me You're Mine is a story of guilt, grief, and the delicate balance between love and obsession.  

Where is the line between hope and madness?

Three women: one who believes she has found her long lost daughter, one terrified she's about to lose her child, and one determined to understand who she truly is.

Stella Widstrand is a psychotherapist, a happily married mother to a thirteen-year-old son. But when a young woman named Isabelle steps into her clinic to begin therapy, Stella's placid life begins to crumble. She is convinced that Isabelle is her daughter, Alice. The baby that tragically disappeared more than twenty years ago on a beach during a family vacation. Alice is believed to have drowned, but her body was never found. Stella has always believed that Alice is alive, somewhere--but everyone around her worries she's delusional. Could this be Alice?

Stella will risk everything to answer that question, but in doing so she will set in motion a sequence of events beyond her control, endangering herself and everyone she loves.

My thoughts: I love finding new-to-me authors that just fall into my lap and that is exactly what happened with this book. I had reached out to the publisher about another book and I ended up with not only that book, but this one, too and I am so glad because I ended up really enjoying it! And it's a debut novel, too - even better!!!

This book is such a fun, addicting read that totally gets under your skin as you read. It's told from multiple perspectives and as you get to meet the three women, you will find yourself wondering just what is going on. It's one of those books that not only has you wanting to keep reading because each chapter ends with a bit of an "aha" moment, but it also has relatively short chapters which begs you to keep reading. 

I love how this book explores the line between hope and madness. Sometimes it's such a fine line between the two and all it takes is a slight nudge to push you from one side to the other. It's really hard to know which character is reliable the deeper you get into the book and so it becomes harder to know who's motivations are pure and who's are not. I found myself constantly second-guessing each and every one of the character's motivations and actions - and I have to say, I loved it - you really can't trust anyone and it definitely keeps you on your toes. 

While I did guess what happened early on, it in no way detracted from my enjoyment of this book. I still didn't have all the pieces and I enjoyed seeing how it all played out before the final reveal. Plus, the ending is a bit dramatic!

This is definitely a binge-worthy, addictive read that I devoured in two days - and I definitely recommend it. I will totally be keeping an eye out for whatever comes next from this author, for sure!


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