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Book Review: Samantha Hayes' 'Until You're Mine'

One of the first things which struck me about "Until You're Mine" was that it was told from three different viewpoints. In other words, there were three different narrators, all of which were women.

Having been told repeatedly in the past of the number one rule to only have one view point, I was intrigued to find a book which broke this rule. The narrator Samantha Hayes didn’t just break the rule; she went one step further by having three viewpoints. When I started to read the book, I was concerned it would be very confusing jumping from one narrator to another. I am pleased to report however that this was not the case at all.

The first couple of chapters were gripping from the start and it actually worked really well for the story to develop from three different viewpoints. The different jobs each of the women had and the lifestyles were completely different which added realism to the story.

The number of characters there were in “UYM” were kept to a minimum, which allowed the reader to get to know the main characters very well. The pace of “UYM” was steady and there were plenty of twists and turns, right up until the end of the book.

Having worked with social workers, it was good to read a book which portrayed some of the situations they find themselves facing on a daily basis. The scenes were not silly or horrific like some books can be; instead they were lifelike and very believable.

What I liked most about “UYM” was the pace of the book, and due to there being three different viewpoints the storyline never got boring. If the author had kept to the rule of sticking to only one viewpoint, I do not feel “UYM” would have worked.

Samantha Hayes has showed that sometimes you need to be brave and break the rules. This has definitely paid off with “UYM”, being equally enjoyed by two friends I have lent the book to who thoroughly enjoyed it too.
I would recommend “UYM” as a good read for all women, but be warned once you pick it up you will find it hard to put down.

Review by Sue Cawte

 

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