A gripping psychological thriller with a truly jaw-dropping twist
by A.A. Chaudhuri
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Pub Date 18 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 28 Jun 2021
Her missing daughter was just the start of the nightmare
Twenty years ago, Christine Donovan took a call she should have ignored while shopping. In those few seconds while her back was turned, her toddler, Heidi, was kidnapped. She’s never been seen again.
Despite having two other children with husband Greg, Christine remains guilt-stricken that her neglect caused her child to be stolen, while haunted by a secret that consumes her.
Just as she takes measures to finally heal, a note is posted through her door, with the words she has always longed to hear: Heidi isn’t dead.
Christine might finally get the answers she craves - but what she doesn’t know is that finding her daughter will uncover dark secrets close to home.
In seeking the truth, Christine might destroy everything that she loves … so how far is she willing to go to find Heidi?
With a truly jaw-dropping end twist, She’s Mine is a dark, scandalous, and gripping read from a major new talent in psychological thriller writing. For fans of Harriet Tyce, C.L. Taylor and Apple Tree Yard.
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Enjoyed this one. Quick read, would be perfect for a night on the couch read, A good mystery, thriller! This was a gripping, unnerving, and chillingly suspenseful! 20 years ago Christine ends up I accepting a phone call she should have never answered! While shopping and on the phone in a matter of seconds with her back turned her little toddler is kidnapped! Never to be seen again! Still feeling guilty and having two other kids with husband Greg she is still haunted by a deep secret that is eating her alive! Christine finally decides its time to heal the wounds and try a to move on.... Until a note comes sliding through the door. Holding a message a mother always hopes to hear..... Heidi isn't dead! Is this the happy ending? Getting and finding her daughter after 20 years?! By doing so she is about to discover big dark secrets that is too close to home. WoW!.honestly I have a hard time reading books about kidnapped children.... Because its honestly one of my worst fears. But this book was so well written. The characters I seriously felt for them! They were like watching a movie! I really enjoyed this book! And would so recommend to anyone who enjoys a good fast paced thriller! Thank you so much NetGalley, Hera Books & Author for this advance ebook! I'll post to my Goodreads and bookstagram account closer to pub date!.
#ShesMine #NetGalley Awesome. Christine Donovan took a call she should have ignored while shopping. In those few seconds while her back was turned, her toddler, Heidi, was kidnapped. She’s never been seen again. Despite having two other children with husband Greg, Christine remains guilt-stricken that her neglect caused her child to be stolen, while haunted by a secret that consumes her. Just as she takes measures to finally heal, a note is posted through her door, with the words she has always longed to hear: Heidi isn’t dead. Christine might finally get the answers she craves - but what she doesn’t know is that finding her daughter will uncover dark secrets close to home. In seeking the truth, Christine might destroy everything that she loves … so how far is she willing to go to find Heidi? Wao. This was superb. Thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books for giving me an advanced copy of this book.
A great read with loads of twists and turns which kept me guessing until the end, thoroughly enjoyed this book x
Compelling, Disturbing, Compulsive… A distressing lapse of concentration, a kidnap, disturbing secrets. Dark and chilling suspense with a disturbing theme. Well crafted, credible characters and a fast moving, engaging storyline make this a compelling and compulsive, edge of seat read.
I enjoyed this book it was well written with good pacing/flow and well-developed characters. I read this fast I could not put it down with plenty of twists to keep me guessing, I am definitely going to be looking for more from this author, highly recommended.
A phone call and a moment of lapse of attention and it was all it took for baby Heidi to be kidnapped. The Guilt kept Christine awake for decades. Then came a note through the door - Heidi was alive. The whole premise was interesting, the style of writing took some time to get used to. At times, felt clunky. The suspense was interspersed in the prose. Soem secrets felt to be close to home so that intrigued me. Overall, an entertaining tale.
When Christine takes a call on her phone in a store she moves further and further away from her two year old in order to get a signal - when she turns back around her daughter has gone. Fast forward to 25 years later the abduction of her daughter Heidi has changed everybody in the family with Christine never able to forgive herself or reveal who she was taking a call from that day. Then a letter lands on Christine's mat, it says that Heidi is not dead.. So many twists to this novel told from multiple players perspectives - secrets. and lies on almost every page and a great ending.
I almost didn’t read this one because of the reviews but I am sooo glad that I did! What a sick, twisted story! I personally loved the authors writing style and thought the way each character was talking to someone made it that much more sinister. I sometimes don’t like when chapters alternate narrators but with this book, each time there was a chapter for a new character I found myself excited to see things from their perspective. The twists kept coming and even when I thought I figured it out, the last chapter blew my mind. Absolutely loved this one!
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and Hera Books in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis was very intriguing to me. Being an avid reader, I had never come across this kind of storyline before. The thing I love about this book is even though I thought I had predicted something fairly early on, the twists and turns kept me on my toes which is what a good psychological thriller is supposed to do. I did find it a bit on the longer side for my tastes. However after about 40% into the book, the story picked up and I found I was paying more attention to the story than to where I was in the book. The story being told not only from multiple characters view points but from two different points in time got a little confusing for me. Overall it was a very good read. Thank you NetGalley and Hera Books.
She's Mine by A.A. Chaudhuri may be the most disturbing and twisted book I've read this year. Make sure you have plenty of reading time before you start this book, you won't want to put it down. This book is absolutely fantastic, I stayed up way too late reading this until I turned the last page. Christine and Greg had their oldest daughter, Heidi, kidnapped when she was only two years old. No body was ever found and the case dried up years ago. Their marriage is broken, she hasn't been a good mother to her other two children and she has only two friends. When she starts seeing a new psychiatrist she starts to see some results and finally has some hope that she can pull herself out of her personal hell. But there are some things that bother her. Her doctor almost knows too much. Is a little bit too familiar with the situation, can be a bit judgmental and pushy. That's one concern, but then she and her husband start receiving notes, emails and evidence that her daughter may still be alive. It's been twenty-three years, is that even possible? Christine is determined to find out the truth. But with everyone against her, she will have to face her own sins and her own culpability in her daughter's disappearance. It may just destroy her.
Ten stars for this read! What an amazing book. I can't say enough good things about it, mainly that you should definitely read it. It had me from page one, and kept me glued to every page thereafter. An absolutely shocking ending completes the read. The plot, writing, and characters all together make for a mind blowing experience, Highly recommend
The characters and the plot is beautiful ❤️ Her missing daughter was just the start of the nightmare. Twenty years ago, Christine Donovan took a call she should have ignored while shopping. In those few seconds while her back was turned, her toddler, Heidi, was kidnapped. She’s never been seen again. Despite having two other children with husband Greg, Christine remains guilt-stricken that her neglect caused her child to be stolen, while haunted by a secret that consumes her. Just as she takes measures to finally heal, a note is posted through her door, with the words she has always longed to hear: Heidi isn’t dead. Christine might finally get the answers she craves - but what she doesn’t know is that finding her daughter will uncover dark secrets close to home. I really thought that end was not so great as I reached the last few chapters but then there was another twist giving the book a good ending.
This book was wildly addictive. Super twisty and twisted. Less about the child abduction and more about revenge and the mother who lost her child’s life. I never saw the ending coming. I enjoyed the various points of view, timelines and short chapters kept me interested and guessing. 4/5 stars.
Loved this book. The interplay between all the different characters was beautifully plotted. Kept me guessing right upto the stunning conclusion. Couldn’t stop reading. Looking forward to this author’s next book.
Thank you to Hera Books and Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own. My goodness! This book was such a roller coaster-just when I thought I had some things figured out the author threw in another twist. Twenty five years ago, young mother Christine Donovan loses her young daughter Heidi while she is shopping. Christine walked away to take a phone call and when she returns her daughter is gone. Thus begins the mystery of what happened to Heidi and why did Christine turn her back on her child. This is a suspenseful mystery that keeps the reader guessing. Highly recommend for all mystery lovers. I really enjoyed this well-written mystery!
An intricately plotted psychological domestic noir concerning married couple Christine and Greg, whose first child was snatched in her pushchair over twenty years ago. Told in first person perspectives from multiple characters, mainly Christine and Greg, also their two remaining children and various friends and acquaintances. The characterisation is really good, and very involving. The plotting is tense, with plenty of detail in the writing and you need to pay attention. I read it over four evenings and wished I'd have the opportunity to read it cover to cover in one sitting. I think this is a book that deserves full immersion to get the maximum effect. It is impressively intricate with the plot spinning around relationships and identities and who knew what when. The tension does ramp up through the book, but I would have appreciated more changes in pace. So, very good overall, a book to commit to to get the most from it. Thanks to Netgalley and Hera Books
Good fast read with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked. Will read the author again in future
Christine’s daughter was taken 20+ Years ago and now she holds a note that says her daughter is alive. This story is full of unexpected twists and turns; a story I couldn’t put down until I found out who, what, where and why. Well written, intriguing and full of suspicion, this book is just the beginning for such a talented author - I can’t wait to read more of the author’s future work. Thank you for allowing me to read an advanced copy.
What an unexpected thriller!! Christine Donovan has been living with guilt--because of her neglect and a secret love affair, she lost her own daughter Heidi. Now many years later, her marriage to her husband is strained, her two children she had with her husband Greg seemed to be hating her...and she got a confirmation that Heidi was very much alive. Initially, the story started out a bit slow and multiple characters have given their perspectives--we read from the points of views of Christine, Miranda and Greg and a woman named Heidi. who happened to be Christine's daughter. so to be honest it was a bit confusing at first. However, the unexpected twist and turn that was revealed in the ending was so good! I did not expect that type of ending! The writing was good, and the author did a good job of drawing the reader! The characters however are not likable in my opinion, particularly Christine's character but nevertheless it was actually a good thriller! This book worth four stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and Hera for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.