You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, dying to see your child.
But when you are shown the infant, you just know . . .
This baby is not yours.
No one believes you.
They say you’re delusional, confused, dangerous.
But you’re a doctor . . .
Do you trust yourself?
Because you know only one thing – You must find your baby.
What I Thought:
If you read this blog, even sporadically, you’ll know that I love reading thrillers, the twistier the better, and with Mine, Susi Fox has written a fantastically twisty, edge-of-your-seat thriller!
There are several levels on which this book is uncomfortable. First, the very idea of a baby swap in a hospital will put the frighteners on any parent, but couple this with the fact that the clinicians’ first assumption is that a new mother is psychotic and it really gives you the feeling of everything being out of your control. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m a bit of a control freak, but the thought of having everything taken out of your hands really sits uneasily with me and I could empathise with Sasha as every aspect of being a new parent is slowly taken away – from her baby’s premature and traumatic birth, to the assumption that she wants to do her baby harm.
I had thought, upon picking the book up, that it would be entirely from Sasha’s point of view as she tries to get to the truth, but it was great to read passages from her husband Mark’s point of view and to realise that there are things that we keep from each other, even in ‘perfect’ marriages.
The whole book is superbly written, always keeping you guessing as to whether Sasha is right and that her baby has been swapped, or whether she is indeed suffering from mental illness. Revelations about Sasha’s own mother add to the mix and muddy the waters significantly…
The ending was a complete surprise and definitely proves to me that you should still think twice, even if you think you know everything, and there are still enough threads to keep you thinking long after you’ve put the book down.
As a brief aside, this book is part of a fantastic wave of thrillers and crime fiction coming out of Australia at the moment and, I am happy to say, coming from Australian women. It’s good to see publishers acknowledge that women can and do write books like these, and that there is a definite market out there for them – long may it continue!
This post is part of the blog tour celebrating the release of Mine in the UK. Please do check out some of the other blogs below for more reviews and exclusive content.
Please note: I received this book via Netgalley for the purposes of the tour. All opinions are, as ever, my own.