Title: Because You’re Mine
Author: Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Page Count: 400
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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. And what will happen to Mason, 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.
Having read Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey and absolutely loving it I was excited when I saw Because You’re Mine. One always hopes to find another hit when it’s an author you’ve enjoyed before but also something similar to that first book however Because You’re Mine seemed totally different from the start, was that bad? No way, the two had one thing in common in the fact both were definitely page turners.
Because You’re Mine is more of a domestic drama again than a thriller with one big mystery to solve as you sort through all the lies and drama. The story is told by changing the point of view between three main characters, Lee, a single mother with an autistic son who takes up all of her time, Noah, Lee’s son’s handsome tutor that Lee has a crush on, and Grace, Lee’s best friend.
Grace had invited Lee to join her and a couple of other friends on a weekend away since she knew Lee needed the break. Despite Lee’s fears of leaving her son she convinces herself time away is normal and the Mason would be perfectly safe with Noah, his tutor. What Lee didn’t know however was she would end up the one that wasn’t safe and that before the weekend is over Lee’s body will be found.
Being the type of story that gives you a character’s ending before even really beginning Because You’re Mine ended up having me hooked from the opening pages. As the book then takes you back and begins to build up to the exciting opening everyone becomes suspect and it’s incredibly hard to put down as the lies unravel page after page. Definitely will be interested in what Ms. Frey writes next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Rea Frey is the author of several nonfiction books and two novels. When not writing, reading, or editing, she can be found traveling, homeschooling her daughter, or planning her next adventure. To learn more, visit reafrey.com.