Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Mine, the taut new psychological thriller from Casey Kelleher. My thanks to the author for inviting me to review the book and providing the advance copy of review. It’s available from tomorrow, 7th January, and it you’d like to know more about it, read on.
About the Book
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Rebecca Dawson lives a life that many women want – married to wealthy, handsome businessman Jamie and new mum to beautiful daughter, Ella, she thinks nothing can burst her bubble. Until a series of sinister events leaves Rebecca convinced that she is being stalked. While her only priority is keeping Ella safe, Rebecca knows that this might be more than coincidence, and fears that her past is back to haunt her. Because somebody knows what she did. They are watching her, tormenting her and soon they are going to make her pay.
While she hides her past, Rebecca finds herself unable to trust anyone, not even her husband, Jamie. Because Jamie is keeping secrets too. Is Jamie gas-lighting Rebecca into thinking she is going mad, in a bid to cover up his own sordid lies? Or is someone more sinister seeking their revenge?
Mine is the first psychological thriller from the pen (or keyboard) of Casey Kelleher and I am assuming not the last as she has created a tense, cleverly plotted and secret laden read that will keep readers absolutely glued to the page.
Take one woman with a seemingly perfect life, add in a dose of postnatal depression, a few familial issues from her past and a sense of being watched constantly and you are in for one heck of a dramatic and thrilling ride. This is exactly what the author has given us in the story of Rebecca, a woman who thinks she has her new start, a chance to make good what she cannot really change from her past. Now there are scenes laden throughout the book that indicate what part of that past might be, but we never quite get the full picture, the action snapping back to the present before too much of the game is given away.
There is a constant underlying tension in this story. You know that Rebecca is being watched, at least you think you know, but the question is by who? There is an obvious answer, and the actions of this person become more suspect by the day. Lots of little things which serve to undermine Rebecca, the author using the whole notion of gaslighting to perfection but creating enough doubt in the reader’s mind to question whether or not it is all fiction or of Rebecca is slowly succumbing to some kind of postpartum psychosis. She is the archetypal unreliable narrator and her actions and insecurities, obsession even, about her daughter, Ella, meant that I hovered between liking her and feeling sorry for her, and wanting to give her a good slap. Yet I was still invested in what happened which is the hallmark of a great read.
The pacing is fast, the author never really giving the reader time to recover before dealing the next blow. It is all building to an ending which is as dramatic and nerve-wracking as it is shocking. It is one of those books in which you will never truly know which way is up and when you think you know, you’re probably wrong. Fans of a good twisty psychological thriller with the most unreliable of narrators will love it.
About the Author
MINE due for publication 7th January
Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.
Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.