Review: MINE by J.L. Butler

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Book Description: 

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.

My Review:

This is a fast-paced psychological thriller that really defines the word obsession. Francine Day is a hard working divorce lawyer in London. She’s worked tirelessly building a reputation in a male dominated field, but against her better judgment, has an affair with her client, Martin Joy. She becomes obsessed with Martin and fixated on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Donna. When Donna goes missing, Martin is the first person suspected and when Fran wakes up with blood on her clothes and no memory of what happened the night before, she wonders if she is somehow involved. Why can’t she remember?

I love it when thrillers have short chapters; no matter how big the book, it reads super-fast. Francine is a complex and interesting character, who makes bad decision after bad decision, but you can’t stop reading about it. Butler does an amazing job capturing that heightened passion and obsessive compulsiveness that can drive you to ignore all reason. This story is very well-written, highly suspenseful, and intense. I was gripped from start to finish and had to know what happens next. MINE is full of twists and will keep you second guessing everything.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!

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