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

Tell Me You're Mine by Elisabeth Noreback

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Title: Tell Me You’re Mine
Author: Elisabeth Norebäck
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: September 4, 2018

Three women: one who believes she has found her long lost daughter, one terrified she’s about to lose her child, and one determined to understand who she truly is.

Stella Widstrand is a psychotherapist, a happily married mother to a 13-year-old son. But when a young woman named Isabelle steps into her clinic to begin therapy, Stella’s placid life begins to crumble. She is convinced that Isabelle is her daughter Alice. The baby that tragically disappeared more than 20 years ago on a beach during a family vacation. Alice is believed to have drowned, but her body was never found. Stella has always believed that Alice is alive, somewhere–but everyone around her worries she’s delusional. Could this be Alice?

Stella will risk everything to answer that question, but in doing so she will set in motion a sequence of events beyond her control, endangering herself and everyone she loves.

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Twenty years ago, Stella’s baby went missing while on a family vacation. Stella believed someone took her child, but the authorities in the case determined that the baby likely got too close to the ocean and drowned. Despite no body being found, the baby, Alice, was declared dead. However, Stella has continued to believe her child to be out there somewhere. Stella is now a therapist, and her new patient, Isabelle, bears a striking resemblance to what she imagines her daughter would look like.

Told with alternating points of view, both Stella and Isabella’s stories are presented. Stella seems to be doing well with her therapy practice, she is happily married, and has a teenage son. She has always thought her daughter to be alive, and has suffered with issues related to that. Isabelle is a young woman in college. She has a roommate, friends, a love interest, and an overbearing mother she is trying to distance herself from.

A slow building story with a somewhat unreliable narrator. Stella believes she has found her missing daughter, but other events are making her seem unstable and paranoid. Isabelle has questions about her past, but is mainly focused on gaining her independence.

This book is translated from Swedish. For me, this book was a little hard to follow. I don’t know if it was the translation that failed to pull me in, or if it was the ARC version I read. The ARC formatting, or rather lack of formatting, made it hard to follow the multiple viewpoints presented. Obviously, this will not be an issue in the published version.

A dark psychological thriller. Complex, twisty, and suspenseful.

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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