Book Review: Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck

woman's painted thumb nail and finger holding a psychological thriller with a girl in red jacket on the book cover

Genre: Psychological Thriller 
Interesting rating: Quite
Star rating: 3½ out of 5 stars
Would I recommend it? Yes

Shortlisted for the 2018 Crimetime Specsavers Award for Best Debut.

What’s the book about?

More than twenty years ago, Stella Widstrand’s baby vanished into thin air. Her body was never found, but the little girl was presumed dead. Not to Stella, though. She always thought that Alice was still alive. These days she’s a successful therapist. And when a new patient walks into her office, Stella’s life starts to fall apart.

Book review

As a South African, this book strongly reminded me of the true Zephany Nurse story found in Zephany: Two Mothers, One Daughter, an Astonishing True Story by Joanne Jowell. Tell Me You’re Mine is narrated by the main character Stella, by Isabelle whom she believes is her lost daughter Alice, and by Kerstin who is Isabelle’s mother. Through this writing style the author cleverly tells us the story from three different perspectives. I enjoyed the characters in this psychological thriller and felt with the main character Stella throughout the novel. Elisabeth Norebäck wrote her in such a way that I wanted to support Stella, no matter what she did. Antagonist Kerstin lived up to her character role and certain events made me question some of the other characters. Who is lying and who is telling the truth? It takes a while for the book to reach its climax, so this is my only criticism, that it’s too drawn out. But I kept reading wanting to know how the story ends.

To sum up

This read by Swedish author Elisabeth Norebäck is not quite on the same level as The Silent Patient, but it’s still worth picking up if you’re a fan of the psychological thriller.

3½ out of 5 stars

Publisher: Allison & Busby
Year: 2018 | Pages: 367

Buy the Kindle edition here

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