Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Noreback (4.5 out of 5)

Oh boy. I had no idea what to make of this book. I can tell you this- it completely sucked me in and I could not put it down until I finished it. I was reading this a few weeks back; the week that I have dubbed “Hot Flash Fun Week”. I’ll let you read into that hormonal madness what you wish; I was very glad that I picked up this advance and it kept me riveted throughout those days. It’s out Sept 4, 2018, from G.P. Putnam, a division of Penguin Random House. It’s also straight to paperback in the States, so if you like trade, your wish is being granted.

The only thing that kept this from a straight 5 stars is Stella’s unreliable narration, which can be put down to her obsession with proving that Isabella is her long assumed dead daughter. Stella is happily married with a son, and a stable career as a psychotherapist. When she was younger, she and her ex had a little girl Alice. While on holiday, the little girl vanishes, her stroller turned over on the beach. A lack of witnesses and not finding the little girl leads all to assume Alice drowned. Stella and her ex do not survive their daughter’s death. Stella tries to grieve, but secretly, she still believes her daughter is out there somewhere. Flash forward to the present day. One day a young lady named Isabelle walks into Stella’s office, and Stella is floored- this is her long lost daughter! She tricks Isabelle into attending group therapy, which Isabelle informs her mom Kerstin about, along with how strong Stella comes on in therapy, and Kerstin decides to research Stella. She then phones Henrik, Stella’s adoring husband, and informs him that Stella is crossing the boundaries of professional behavior. Kerstin also files complaints against Stella, using Isabelle’s name. Stella is put on leave, pending investigation. Henrik questions his wife, and she confides her thoughts that Isabelle is Alice. He tries to talk his wife down, and she pretends all is well. However, things get worse when Isabelle stops coming to the therapy group, and Stella goes over the edge. Unexplained things begin to happen and after Milo, Stella’s son, is put in danger, she shuts down and goes to find Isabelle. Stella is bordering on stalker, and Isabelle has no choice but to press further charges. Things build to an unavoidable crescendo, and the end both stuns with multiple twists, and restores faith in what was, at times, a frustrating merry-go-round with Stella. Norebeck’s characters are so well-written that there were many times in the book where I was screaming at the events taking place, the actions of the characters, or the unfairness of some of the things that do occur. But that’s life, and that’s also the mark of a great story. The identity of the evildoer was, unfortunately, who I thought it was, so it cost half a star in the rating. Otherwise, a harrowing and engrossing suspense tale.

~ by generationgbooks on August 19, 2018.

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