Review: “Mine” by Casey Kelleher

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Full of unpredictable twists and taut with suspense, “Mine” by Casey Kelleher has a plot so tight that you might miss something if you put it down for even a second. To say it’s compelling is an understatement.

About the Book

“Mine” by Casey Kelleher

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?

My Review

Rebecca Dawson left her past behind her and built a new life. Married to a handsome, wealthy man, they live in a beautiful house in Kensington and have a newborn daughter named Ella. Life is perfect — or at least it should be. However, Rebecca can’t escape the feeling that she’s being stalked. As her fear and paranoia grow, it’s clear nobody believes her, not even her husband Jamie. Is she suffering from some sort of post-natal psychosis? Or is her hidden past coming back for revenge? When she discovers Jamie has secrets of his own, she fears he’s the one coming after her in an attempt to drive her mad and take her daughter away from her.

Full of unpredictable twists and taut with suspense, “Mine” by Casey Kelleher has a plot so tight that you might miss something if you put it down for even a second. To say it’s compelling is an understatement. To say it’s addictive sounds insufficient and weak. This is the story you hope to find every time you start a new psychological thriller. With red herrings swimming in schools, the book has a dark and menacing feel that continues to grow from chapter to chapter. “Mine” by Casey Kelleher puts you on the edge of your seat — and leaves you teetering there until the end.

Written in third person omniscient POV as well as first person, “Mine” takes a little bit of adjusting to when you first start reading. It’s not written in the same way as most psych thrillers, which generally favor first person or third person limited. That’s not a bad thing, though. Kelleher writes the story in the way it needs to be told, and the result *should* be a five star book. Should be, but it’s not. Tense shifts and POV errors jump out at you too frequently to overlook.

“Mine” is a brilliant story that desperately needs further editing. That’s not to say you won’t enjoy the read. The story is good enough that you probably will. However, with a little work, the book could graduate from good to mind-blowing greatness and easily become one of the better psych thrillers out there.

About the Author

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. She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise and The Betrayed. 

3 Comments

  1. Louise Reynolds says:

    Sounds right up my street! Great review, added to the ever growing tbr!

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  2. Oz Zie says:

    Wow, that’s disappointing to hear about the editing.

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    1. But still a good story. 🙂

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