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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Until you're mine by Samantha Hayes

Summary on Goodreads.

"Claudia seems to have the perfect life. She's heavily pregnant with a much-wanted baby, she has a loving husband, and a beautiful home. And then Zoe steps into her life. Zoe has come to help Claudia when her baby arrives. But there's something about Zoe that Claudia doesn't like...." More

This book is incredibly boring. The twist that everybody talks about... I don't see it as a twist but as something that just came out of nowhere to change an otherwise simple and predictable plot.

Overall, the story was going plausible until the "twist" which then made everything else have no sense.

The blurb: I personally thought that the entire story was given way in the plot, but I kept reading because I already had checked the book out of the library. I skipped half of the book to the "twist" and then went back to read the whole thing because it made no sense.

The POVs: The chapters start with no indication of who is talking so I got confused until somewhere I finally got who's pov was that. Mind you, not all chapters were like that, but most of them. This is in an attempt to confuse you when the "twist" comes into play.

The length: The book is unnecessary long. We have the story of Lorraine (the detective working the case) that is totally irrelevant to the main story. I just skipped all that. But wait, Lorraine's husband cheated on her once (hence all their problems?) and at the end, it turned out that her husband knew the nanny. "Do you know her?" Lorraine asked. "Yes, I do," the husband said. And that is that. I suppose that she's the one he cheated on her wife with?

***** Spoilers *****
Do not read this if you don't want to know who the real killer is.

Anyways, throughout the book, everything is played for you to think that the nanny is the killer. In the first chapter (or maybe it was the prologue?) we have somebody talking about how all she wants in life is a baby. Since she was a little kid this narrator has been obsessed with having a baby. This narrator is not the nanny, though.

Well, I guess that that narration has nothing to do with the real main characters and it was there just to throw you off.

In the story, the nanny is completely obsessed with having a baby. But it turns out that in reality, the nanny is an undercover agent investigating Claudia (the mom's) husband for money laundering or something like that.

Let me tell you that this completely came out of nowhere. There was never a hint about the husband's play in the plot other than to be there.

We constantly get suspicious activities from the nanny which leads you to believe that she is plotting to take the mother's baby. But in reality, the mother was never pregnant and was the one killing pregnant women to have their babies because she was obsessed with one. I don't think the mother (Claudia) was the narrator at the beginning either because she was taking care of her tweens stepsons which would had been enough to satiate her odd motherly yearning.

It turned out that the nanny never wanted a baby. All she wanted was to have a career. So, why the obsessive thoughts about having a baby then? Just to mislead you.

The main stupidity of this book was when Pip, another pregnant woman about to give birth, calls Claudia (who turned out to be the real killer) when she (Pip) went into labor.

I am not a doctor, but it seems to me that labor comes suddenly just on tv and, I guess now, in books. Doesn't labor pain usually builds up to birth. But this is minor, the main point is that if you go into sudden labor, you CALL AN AMBULANCE not a friend. What exactly is your friend going to do? So Pip called Claudia, and Claudia goes there and gets a kitchen knife to take Pip's baby. Stupidly convenient.

Now, mind you, Claudia has tried this stunt before and killed all babies and mothers. Don't you know by now that you just don't cut open a woman's belly to take a baby out? Didn't you watch some Youtube videos about childbirth to prepare yourself? Apparently not.

So at the end, Ms. Nanny is not the killer but an undercover agent investigating the family she works for and the real killer is the mother who hired the nanny in the first place.

Interesting plot, I would say, but badly developed.

There was never the slightest indication that Claudia was a psychopath; it just came out of nowhere which left me empty.

For me, it was like writing a book and a plot and changing everything at the end just to shock the reader.