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LITTLE MISS BOOK LOVER:

Well where do I start with this absolute gem? I mean I am a little lost for words. We are introduced to a plot with a missing child- twenty three years prior to this novel. As a reader, this is presented from multiple points of view- this is an element I love because it really gives us a true representation of the different characters.

This is filled with themes of toxicity (hope that’s a word) and revenge. I LOVED IT!! This is a fast paced and thrilling novel. I have been completely addicted to this one and admit that this is a novel which kept me awake at night because I was desperate to find out where this was going.

I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t read anything by this author previously but it definitely hasn’t disappointed and I 100% need more. This is multi-layered and intriguing. I have enjoyed unravelling each layer and delving deeper into the dark side.

I am a converted fan of the author and this is a novel which I have no doubt or hesitation in recommending. I NEED MORE!!!

TRAVELS ALONG MY BOOKSHELF:

Ooh this is juicy!

A child that has gone missing never to be found, wreaking havoc through peoples lives. There is blame everywhere, especially of Christine, who lost sight of her daughter whilst trying to speak to her lover.

We get inside the heads of the people involved in this story. Christine who shut down and blamed herself now seeking psychiatric help again. Greg her husband who hates her for losing their child and now spends time shagging Amber his young lover. Then their friends Janine and Miranda and their kids Ellie and Daniel who can’t stand their mother, who never loved them. Then there’s Dr Cousins the Psychiatrist, cool and professional - well we have a brilliant set up.

With short sharp chapters alternating along timelines and through the different characters heads we start to unravel what has happened.
There is a creeping sense of tension and it transpires early on that Heidi is still alive and wanting revenge, or is she?- is it her? Who held her and brought her up as her ‘mother’? There are so many clues drip fed through this to keep you hooked, I just couldn’t put it down - so cleverly done!

No one seems to be able to tell the truth, so many twisting secrets we go from one unreliable narrator to many!

I felt myself constantly questioning what I thought and changing my mind about who Heidi could be and who her ‘mother’ was. You are inside their heads and they mess with your mind! There are quite a lot of double standards going on and ultimately the characters are very selfish individuals. It is full of dark obsession, manipulation and deceit, it’s fabulous and will have you gripped until the very end!

SHELF LYFE:

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝗲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻'𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝗲, 𝘀𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗼𝗱'𝘀 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗶𝘁? 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗜 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆, 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗮 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱?

She's Mine is a fast-paced and complex thriller, with interesting characters throughout.
The plot is centred around the disappearance of a child, Heidi, who is abducted when her mother, Christine, turns her back to take a phonecall in a busy shopping centre.
Christine's life is turned upside down, especially as she has no closure about what happened, and she blames herself, arguably with good reason.
Several years later, a mysterious note appears claiming that Heidi is still alive, once again throwing Christine's life into turmoil. But is it true, and who sent the note?

𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁. 𝗪𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗜 𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼.

The story evolves and is revealed through multiple character perspectives, which switch between past and present to build tension well.
There are a whole raft of characters surrounding Christine, including her partner Greg, their two grown up children, and their two close friends Janine and Miranda (with an added layer of complexity in that Miranda used to date Greg).
Another key character is Christine's new therapist who seems to be making headway and encouraging Christine to genuinely open up, after years of hiding secrets and punishing herself.

𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗼𝗿 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁? 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁.

There are various themes tackled throughout the book, including infidelity, jealousy, revenge, guilt, and what hiding secrets can do to a person.
This is a story that focuses on the dark side of humanity and the messiness of people's everyday lives. Although it's centred around a child's disappearance, the story is rich and complex, and the abduction doesn't simply do all the work to drive the plot.
There are twists aplenty, and Chaudhuri really kept me guessing throughout with subtle hints and misdirections before revealing the truth.
Also, for those who like a bit of spice in a book, there are also a number of very steamy scenes throughout.

𝗪𝗲’𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗯𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝘄𝗲’𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀, 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆, 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗲. 𝗜𝘁 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹.

Overall I would highly recommend She's Mine if you enjoy thrillers, and would definitely read more by A A Chaudhuri. I think fans of Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker would enjoy this thriller for sure.