Tuesday, September 17, 2013

RIP VIII Book Review: Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes

You guys.  I've been letting myself go wild with thrillers (domestic thrillers even) in the past few weeks and I'm loving it.  Evil children, spurned/obsessed lovers, and, in this one, evil/jealous nannies.  You guys know I was a nanny when I first graduated from college and had a measly little English degree that qualified me for absolutely nothing in the real world.  I was not, however, half as creepy as the nanny you'll meet in this story.

Her name is Zoe and she's so excited to have found this perfect position watching Claudia's two young step-sons while Claudia prepares for the birth of her first biological child.  According to Claudia, Zoe may even be a little bit TOO excited.  And it's not just the funny way Zoe touches Claudia's belly, or the fact that she found Zoe in her room - someone in their town is killing pregnant women and trying to steal their babies from the womb.

We're talking domestic suspense here, not literary thriller.  The writing isn't complicated and the characters aren't really explored in depth.  One nit-picky issue I had is that, in an attempt to throw out some red herrings, the way the characters act at the beginning of the novel aren't necessarily consistent with who we discover they are by the end.  Once the whole picture is revealed, certain actions just don't fall into place the way I'd expect them to.

Entertainment Value
This is the real reason to read the book, right?  You're not picking up an evil nanny book because you want something highbrow and literary.  On the entertainment front, this totally delivers.  I was intrigued from the first few pages.  I couldn't stop reading and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about what was happening and when I could read more.  It definitely delivers the suspense and creep-factor that I was looking for.  It's a great one to read as the nights are getting cooler and darker.

Yep, read it.  Especially if you're a fan of thrillers, domestic suspense, or Lifetime movies (this totally reminded me of one, and, should Lifetime decide to make a movie based on it, I'd be watching).

This is my second of four reads for RIP VIII.  Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy to review.


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, entertainment value for sure. I agree with you on the red herrings.

    I have enjoyed her books, Tell Tale is my favourite.

  2. I can't wait to read this one! It sounds nice and creepy (and I've been in the mood for a good suspenseful read). Great review!