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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (December 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156033836
  • ASIN: B003UHU8KC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,500,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It all starts with an anonymous Valentine's Day love note that Sherry Seymour, a Michigan community college English teacher and recent empty-nester, finds in her school mailbox. Mystified and flattered, Sherry lets her husband, Jon, in on the notes as they accumulate, resulting in a dramatic uptick in their sex life that advances in kinkiness after Sherry's son's friend tips off Sherry about the alleged identity of the note writer. An affair ensues, aided by Sherry's rental of an apartment near school (to avoid the commute between campus and the Seymour home in the country) and Jon's encouragement (her trysts excite him). But Sherry's life begins to spin out of control as she becomes more entangled with her possessive lover and learns who really wrote the notes. However, the tension Kasischke (The Life Before Her Eyes) cleverly builds throughout the narrative collapses at the book's climax, when Sherry and Jon are drawn into the aftermath of an accidental death. Save for the far-fetched ending, Kasischke has proven herself again to be a bold chronicler of dark obsession. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

English teacher Sherry Seymour has been comfortably married for a long time, and now, like many emptynesters, is having difficulty adjusting to her only son being away at college. She drifts through the tedium of her days until she receives the note in her school mailbox that reads, "Be Mine." Sherry is intrigued. She has no idea who could have sent it, but the idea she has a secret admirer appeals to her. She's emotionally vulnerable, and as the notes become increasingly familiar, and as her husband discloses his fantasy that she should have an affair, Sherry determines to approach the fellow teacher she believes is courting her. So begins Sherry's spiral into dark and sensual delights as she risks everything: her family, her marriage, and herself. What makes this erotic thriller disturbing and, therefore, successful is how convincingly Kasischke renders Sherry's life and feelings so eerily normal and familiar, ensuring the unsettling portents are all but unnoticed until it is too late. Maria Hatton
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Customer Reviews

I did like some of it and yes it had hot sex scenes, but kinda crude in my opinion.
Tracey
At some point the story that I thought was going somewhere just lost the plot and went off on a tangent.
K. Hinton
She asks rhetorical question after question, an obvious plot device, but never the right one.
Luan Gaines

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Thomas on March 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
...at my book club. We've had some lively discussions about other novels, but "Be Mine" brought out some deeply felt and conflicting emotions, both about Sherry's actions in the novel and about our own family experiences. It was interesting to read other Amazon reviews, since our book group was firmly divided in its opinions about the novel along the same lines. Some of us could not look past Sherry's choice to have an affair; some of us felt empathy for Sherry's boredom and midlife issues. What surprised me was the strength of everyones' feelings and opinions! Rarely has a book gotten us so worked up! The novel's subject matter and characters certainly inspired strong emotions. In our case, discussion of the book segued into some emotional exploration of similar situations in some of our personal histories.

If you want a provocative book that will make you think and feel outside your comfort zone, I would highly recommend "Be Mine". Be prepared to get some blood with your roses!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on February 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A dark thriller/romance about the life of a woman who is now reaching middle age and whose life as an empty nester has gotten just a bit dull. She is ripe for an affair that as you can expect brings forth a whole series of unforseen and unwelcome events.

While the story follows certain predictable patterns, in the long run such an affair can never be beneficial to the lovers in a book. The writing and the twists and turns of the story make it a delightful read. Ms Kasischke brings every passion out into the open: desire, romance, the thrill of a new love, fear and death, friendship and more.

This is the authors fourth novel. With each one she has grown and developed her skills as a storyteller.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Martin on February 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What an erotic read! Kasischke doesn't tell you about the affair, she takes you into it and unlike some other writers, she doesn't use any euphemisms for sex. The story of the affair unfolds in such a compelling way that you may even feel a little like a voyeur -

Be careful not to read any reviews that give away the plot because there are twists and turns throughout - I've already ordered another of her books and plan to read them all.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie B on March 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a novel you'll either love or hate. I LOVED it. The writing is gorgeous. Every sentence is like sipping a perfect wine. I can't imagine how anyone could think the ending was predictable. It blew me away. But I'm not a reader of mysteries or thrillers, and if I had a gripe about this book it's that I would have been just as happy to have the writer turn this into the psychological/literary story it started out as, as turn into the heart-stopping rollercoaster ride it became. I'd also just say about the dead animals and the commas--this is an ordinary woman's DIARY. She's not a writer, she's a melodramatic piece of work, so this book would have been completely wrong if it had been toned down. As it was, I was mesmerized and in love, and I recommend it highly!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on February 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
It all begins with a note on Valentine's Day. "Be mine," it says. Then there are more notes. Apparently, middle-aged English teacher Sherry Seymour has a secret admirer. When she meets her admirer, she has an affair with him. Why not? She's a married woman in her forties, with a grown child going to college. Her husband seems to get off on the idea that his wife is sleeping with another man. From the on, Sherry's life is never the same. Nothing is what it seems, and the chains of events that follow are dark, disturbing and suspenseful. What people don't know won't hurt them -- but what happens when they do know or, at least, believe they know some version of the truth?

Be Mine is one of the most intriguing erotic thrillers I have read in a while. Laura Kasischke knows how to build up suspense and create characters and situations that keep you guessing. Just when you think the story is headed in one direction, it takes you somewhere else, and that is how a good thriller should be written. Sherry is a wonderful character. She is complex and multi-dimensional. She's not just a woman with a midlife crisis; she wants to feel beautiful, desired, and her behavior is at times narcissistic. Her husband Jon struck me as sort of sick with his obsessive Penthouse-like fantasy, but he, too, is a well-woven character. The book is very erotic, and the author knows how to fuse erotica with a compelling story. Two things bother me about this novel though. Some events regarding the affair came off as abrupt and dismissive. I won't go into details so as not to spoil potential readers, but the novel sort of falls apart at the end, as if the author couldn't wait to wrap things up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By katherine tomlinson on December 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In Laura Kasischke’s sexual thriller, a beautiful woman suddenly finds herself at the center of an erotic obsession that proves deadly.

It is Valentine’s Day and snowing when English professor SHERRY sSEYMOUR steps out of her home and sees a smear of blood on the snow. The delivery truck that brought her a box of Valentine roses from her husband JON crushed a rabbit as the driver sped out.

Later, when she gets to work, she picks up her mail, some presents from colleagues and students, and a note that simply says, BE MINE. Sherry has no idea where the note came from, and assumes it’s some sort of a joke. When she tells Jon about it during their Valentine’s Day dinner together, he admits that the idea of her having a secret admirer gets him hot.

Sherry knows she still looks good for her age (or, as she puts it, “not bad”). Still, she’s in her 40s now and wonders how long she can keep back the ravages of time. (She knows that celebrities seem able to stay vibrant and sexy into their 50s, but wonders if it’s possible for a “civilian.” She’s beginning to feel “empty nest syndrome” and it doesn’t help that her friends SUE (the mother of young twins) and BRENDA (a lesbian with a zero-sum mentality) keep giving her sad looks and asking her leading questions about her sex life. And maybe that’s why she begins to cry one day as Jon sleeps and the snow falls. And maybe that’s why she’s disappointed when she looks at her work mailbox and does not find another “Valentine.”

Eventually there is another misswive and another and another until Sherry’s life becomes one complicated mess. How the situation evolves and resolves itself is not without interest but we never feel as engaged with the characters as we should.
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Laura Kasischke teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and the Residential College. She has published seven collections of poetry and seven novels. She lives with her family in Chelsea, Michigan.

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