I was delighted when Casey Kelleher asked me if I’d like to be one of the early readers for her new psychological thriller, Mine. I jumped at the chance and can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
WHO DO YOU TRUST IN A WORLD BUILT ON LIES…
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?
Casey Kelleher has taken a step back from her usual gangland genre to give us her first ever psychological thriller, Mine. And OMG what an outstanding debut for her in this genre! I am still kind of speechless after just turning the last page!
Mine is dark, it’s disturbing and it is a complete mind f**k! Opening up with a vivid replay of a car crash, Casey Kelleher quickly moves us on to the scene of Rebecca and Jamie’s wedding and I swear I could hear the creepy background music as I read. Right away my spidey senses were tingling, they were on red alert as it is clear that things are not all going to be moonlight and roses for this newlywed couple!
The tension almost dripped off the pages as I found myself completely embroiled and engrossed in the lives of Jamie and Rebecca. It was hard to know who to believe as the author teased me with little snippets of information all the way through. It really did make me think what it is like to be gaslighted, all those little niggles, things you can’t explain but all the time chipping away at your confidence, your sense of self until the point arrives that you actually think you are going insane!
I was actually having palpitations at points throughout the book, the author has drawn her characters so realistically that I felt as though I were inside their heads, she paints her scenes so vividly I felt as though I were right there in the pages. There is a scene where Rebecca is running through Hyde Park in torrential rain and I swear I pulled my clothing tighter around me as I could feel the rain soak through to my skin and my hands shook as I felt Rebecca’s terror grow!
I really didn’t know who to trust, as both Jamie and Rebecca have secrets and when an unknown narrator is added into the mix then my head was well and truly messed up big time! There were points where I had to turn the light on to read the book, I was convinced I could hear someone in my house and let’s just say I’m not that sure just how much I trust the gadgets that are now an everyday part of my life!
Mine takes you by the hand and it drags you into a psychological nightmare, as it twists and it turns you every step of the way, who do you believe…who do you trust and are you going to make it out the other side? Read the book…if you dare! You will not be disappointed!
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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 her latest book The Betrayed.