Book Review Of “Mine” By J.L. Butler @WmMorrowBooks

 

In this riveting tale of psychological suspense, a divorce lawyer risks her career, her sanity, and her life when she falls into an illicit, all-consuming affair with her client—who becomes the primary suspect in his estranged wife’s sudden disappearance.

Young divorce lawyer Francine Day has methodically built her career doing everything right. She’s one big case away from securing her place among London’s legal elite. But when she meets her new client, Martin Joy, the natural caution that has protected Francine and fueled her rise melts away. Powerless to fight the irresistible magnetism between them, client and counsel tumble into a blistering affair that breaks every rule.

Though Martin insists his marriage is over, Francine doesn’t believe him. Certain details he’s told her don’t quite add up. Consumed with a passion she cannot control and increasingly obsessed with Martin’s relationship with his wife, Donna, Francine follows the woman one night . . . and discovers her having dinner with her supposedly soon-to-be-ex-husband.

The next morning, Francine awakens in her neighbor’s apartment with blood on her clothes and no recollection of what transpired after she spied Donna and Martin together. Then Francine receives more devastating news: Martin’s wife has vanished. That dinner was the last place anyone has seen Donna Joy alive.

Suddenly, Francine finds herself caught in a dangerous labyrinth of deception, lies, and secrets, in which one false move could lead to her undoing. What happened that night and why can’t Francine remember? Where is Donna and who is responsible for her disappearance? The further Francine goes to find answers, the tighter the net seems to draw—around her lover, herself, and the life she’s meticulously built. (From Goodreads)

Thank you William Morrow Books for the physical copy, and Edelweiss for the E-ARC. #Partner, all opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Okay, so the prologue was Amazing, and I totally thought I was in for the best read of my life. But something just didn’t work for me, for instance, there was  way to much going on in this book, a lot of side stories, and side characters, and for me it made me lose sight of the main storyline. The cover says it’s a story of obsession, it just wasn’t the type of obsession I was hoping for. This was more of a money/power-driven obsession.

I knew what happened to Donna Joy very early on in the book, the only thing I had wrong was the reason why. Which is another issue I had with this book. Parts of this story were just very odd, but I cannot go into detail as it will be a spoiler. I also really didn’t like how it ended. I know it really seems like I am tearing this book apart, and I don’t intend too. So let me get in to what I liked about this book.

I did love the Martin and Francine together, I enjoyed their intimate moments, and the thrill of them being together. I liked how fast paced this book was, I felt like I flew through the pages. I liked the way Butler described the areas and different cities the book took place in, the details regarding the houses was very visionary. The friends that Francine has I really appreciated, as well the talk of mental health, and the normalization that Butler brought to it.

Overall, I did not have nor did I love this book. I liked this book, and I enjoyed the read. I may not have agreed with things, and the paths that Butler took with the story and the characters, but that’s okay, because I guarantee one of you guys is going to love this book!

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