Because You're Mine by Rea Frey Review

A few years ago, I read another book from the author and absolutely loved it so I was very excited to read this one. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite meet the bar I had set for this novel. The book started with great promise, and then it felt like it came up short in the middle, but the ending was mind blowing.


There are several POVs in this novel – Lee, Grace and Noah), as well as 2 timelines. Fairly early in the book, the reader quickly realise that all the main characters are keeping secrets from each other, secrets that they are not willing to share. I’m used to unreliable characters, but this book took it to another level. It became impossible to tell the truth from the lies, until the WTH moment came at the end that I did not suspect at all. Everything was suddenly thrown in the air. Great job from the author for this amazing twisty ending.


Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the digital ARC in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are my own and unbiased opinions.


Rating: 4 stars


Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.

But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?
Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.

Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.

But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden.
As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it's no mystery someone is gone after all…

Happy Reading!

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