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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804136890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804136891
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Social-worker Claudia Morgan-Brown has just surrendered to necessity and hired Zoe Harper to care for her stepsons and help her slog through her third trimester of pregnancy while her husband is away on British naval maneuvers. Although Zoe’s references are excellent, Claudia has a disturbing feeling that Zoe’s hiding something dangerous. Can she trust her instincts, or are pregnancy hormones making her paranoid? When Claudia is visited by Birmingham detectives investigating two brutal attacks on pregnant women, the doubts about Zoe turn to fear. One of the victims is on Claudia’s child-welfare unit’s caseload, and the detectives clearly believe that Claudia’s pregnancy could make her the killer’s next target. After the visit, DI Lorraine Fisher becomes convinced the attacks are linked to Claudia and Zoe, and she circles them both, determined to expose the connection. Hayes manipulates the contradictions in Claudia’s, Zoe’s, and Lorraine’s narratives to thrilling effect while weaving in a creepy-to-beautiful spectrum of maternal love. Skillfully plotted, with several red herrings that make the satisfyingly twisted conclusion even more of a surprise. --Christine Tran


“A twisted thriller…Hayes plants the seeds of suspense early, and they gestate until a truly spectacular ending bursts forth.”—Entertainment Weekly

"Terror lurks just below the surface in this excellent psychological thriller....The twisty plot builds to a surprising and unnerving finale." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“Wonderfully creepy…Hayes not only delivers a splendid mystery, she offers insights into the inner lives of today’s women and mothers in particular….Readers will find it hard to put this title down. A well-written, compelling plot, great characters, and a feminist viewpoint all add up to a satisfying read." —Library Journal

“A hit …Both frantic, page-turning pacing and a surprise ending…Hayes’ tale succeeds.”—Kirkus 

International Praise for Until You're Mine

An Independent (UK) 50 Best Beach Reads Selection

"If you only take one book on holiday with you it has to be Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes. It's a totally unputdownable thriller that will keep you gripped to your sun lounger until the very end. And just when you think you've figured things out, watch out for the twist!"—Cosmopolitan (UK)

A classic cuckoo in the nest tale with a disturbing twist.... This book is almost impossible to review without spoilers, so I won't. All I can say is, you won't see it coming.”—Harpers Bazaar (UK)

"A terse and thrilling story not to be missed: the unforeseen ending feels like walking on quicksand."—Psychologies

"Wonderfully creepy"—Toronto Star

"If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, you'll love this book. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough and the ending is a real shocker."—Bella

Customer Reviews

The characters were well written and the story moved along quite nicely.
So I won't go into much detail about the plot and twists and turns at the end - suffice to say, this is a book you need to read!
Denise McFarland
This thriller is a definite recommendation for any reader, even ones that don't usually read this type of book...like me.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. White on June 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Until You're Mine was a fantastic read! I love a great thriller-- fast paced, complex plot and a great twist mean an all consuming afternoon of great reading.

From the prologue to the ending, the reader is kept wondering about Zoe, the mysterious, cagey Nanny hired to help Claudia and James, a busy family of four whose expansion is rapidly impending, as Claudia is 8.5 months pregnant. Claudia is stepmother to two twin boys and a social worker. Woven into this story is the frightening occurrence of the murders of pregnant women, one of which is Claudia's client.

This novel is written from the viewpoint of three women-- Zoe, Claudia and Lorraine, the Detective Inspector in charge of investigating the case. Each have their own mini stories that add to not on the suspense but complexity of the plot. Lorraine and her husband Adam-- who's also on the police force, are struggling in their marriage, something that's affecting their two teen daughters, Grace especially. I found Grace's story line to be rather superfluous and the resolution to be anti climactic. That Lorraine and Adam couldn't just 'man up' was infuriating. Zoe's story line was a bit more complicated and multi-leveled, with the writer willingly leading the reader toward one assumption and then suddenly revealing, on a hairpin turn, another explanation.

I'll save the most surprising character twist of all for your discovery. Suffice it to say I read the last chapter and the Epilogue twice, trying to understand. I must say that epilogues, as of late, are starting to annoy me. What I think could be at least one or two more explanatory chapters becomes a dump of 'okay here's what else happened'.

I truly enjoyed this story, what a wild ride. It's rare that I read a book that makes me gasp aloud, OH My GOD! I'd definitely pick up more Samantha Hayes!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kat on July 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When I read the synopsis of Until You're Mine, I was immediately curious. Although not a mother myself, it struck me that a story about a pregnant woman with creepy nanny could be one of those edge-of-my-seat kind of books because the stakes are so very high.

Until You're Mine is told through three perspectives - Claudia who is finally pregnant with her first child after years of trying and heartbreak, Zoe the nanny who seems too good to be true and Lorraine, the police office investigating a rash of deaths amongst pregnant women in the local area. Lorraine's perspective was a real surprise, for although she is the investigating officer, she is also having problems in her marriage to Adam, who is also a cop working the same cases as Lorraine.

Unfortunately, Lorraine's perspective, although interesting, actually distracted me from the storyline of Zoe and Claudia and I didn't really see why it was relevant to the story. It almost felt like it was thrown in as a filler to make the story longer (and at 400 pages it's not exactly a quick read) and it also made it difficult for me to connect with Lorraine because I just wasn't invested in her story.

As for the plot between Claudia and Zoe, that was certainly more what I was looking for - there was definitely an element of mystery and as the story progressed it became more and more captivating as more about Claudia and Zoe's pasts were revealed and the story climaxed in a way I wasn't really expecting. I didn't see the clues that led up to the ending, although looking back they were there but just cleverly concealed.

Until You're Mine is a good, if slightly predictable in places, thriller, with a lot of mystery and some very clever characterisation. However, I found the extra perspective irritating rather than adding any value and the ending was a little bit too quick, without the kind of resolution I really needed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trudie Barreras VINE VOICE on March 1, 2014
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My mother, the original source of my willingness to occasionally indulge in a mystery/thriller (although I have recently avoided the genre) would have commented that Samantha Hayes' "Until You're Mine" is deliciously replete with "red herrings". The story is intricate and filled with plots and subplots, false clues, and sidelines.

The basic narrative, of course, has to do with the obsession of at least two of the characters with the successful gestation of a baby. However, the concerns of parenthood developed in the book don't end there, because the detective team of Lorraine and Adam, who have a relationship in serious trouble, are likewise dealing with parenting issues. These factors are developed in an elaborate overlap of internal and external drama.

Stylistically, the narrative fluctuates between first- and third-person, as well as present and past tense. This might lead to some confusion for the reader, but I really had no serious difficulty in keeping track of the story line. The crime-scene descriptions are a bit grim, but not overworked. The author obviously prefers psychological tension to scenes of mayhem, and builds that tension without littering the scene with unnecessary descriptions of gore. I award this novel a four instead of a five star rating only because I am not overly fond of the subject matter, not because I find any significant flaws in the writing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A chilling psychological thriller about maternal urges, the story is told from three viewpoints. Claudia is a social worker and stepmother to twins, with a long history of miscarriages and still-births. When we meet her, however, she is finally about to achieve her overwhelming desire for motherhood - eight and a half months pregnant and about to give birth to a healthy girl child. Zoe is the impeccably qualified nanny whom Claudia has hired to live-in, to help her with the children while her naval-officer husband James is at sea. Claudia and Zoe each tell their stories in the first-person, so the reader is aware straight away that Zoe isn't quite what she seems, but Claudia too is soon wondering if she's made the right choice.

The third viewpoint is told in the third-person, through the eyes of Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher, whom we meet when she has been called to the scene of a horrific murder. The heavily pregnant victim has had her stomach sliced open and her baby forcibly removed, killing both mother and child. When a second similar crime occurs, it seems there is a maniac targeting pregnant women...

It's been a while since I found a book that insisted on me pulling an all-nighter to finish it, but this one was truly unputdownable. Although the parts about the murders are graphic and gruesome, they don't overwhelm the story, which is much more about the psychology of the three women and how they are each, in their different ways, affected by the urge for motherhood. Hayes handles the characterisation of Claudia and Zoe brilliantly, twisting the reader's assumptions back and forwards, so that the only thing that's certain is that nothing is quite what it seems.
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