Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
The author penned a letter to readers on Goodreads and I would like to copy that and put right here for you to read….
Before you begin reading this story, I should tell you… this is about every wife’s worst nightmare.
You think it can never happen to you.
You think you’re impervious to it because you do your best to keep your husband happy.
Trust me, I know.
The title of this story, MINE, has a double-meaning.
Ethan is Tessa’s, so from her point of view, MINE is self-explanatory.
But also… this story… is mine.
At least, parts of it.
My husband was unfaithful. It was a crazy circumstance, a perfect storm of irony and tragedy. It gutted me and brought my world down around me in bits and pieces.
When something like this happens to you, your mind plays tricks on you and turns you into someone you aren’t. I can’t tell you how often I fantasized about terrible things after I found out about the affair— things I would never truly act upon.
Then, one day, I decided to write this story. To unleash the darkness that dwelled in my heart, the things I would never actually do, in a cathartic way to channel my anger.
I’ll let you wonder and decide where reality ends and my dark fantasies begin in this story.
After reading Mine let me tell you what I will never do…and that is to cross Courtney Cole *insert wow face here*. I hope writing this novel was therapeutic for her!
The story is about Tessa, who discovers her husband of 20 years has been having an affair with a young bombshell. She takes the opportunity when her husband is out of town to trap the mistress at her house. How? She sends her a text from her husband’s iPad he left open at home (where she discovered nude pictures and messages). The mistress comes in, finds notes “he” left her, and ends up handcuffing herself to his bed, just waiting for “him…”
The book is told through the perspective of Tessa, the wife, and Lindsey, the mistress. I loved how the story was told in present time with Tessa and Lindsey in the same room with going back to the recent past to tie in to what Lindsey was telling Tessa. At first I felt bad for Tessa, then bad for Lindsey, then really bad for Tessa, and nothing for Lindsey.
I spent most of this book thinking that Tessa is going to end up in jail, if not prison. She goes a little off the wall. Tessa is very intense. Then, the book takes an odd turn. Suddenly Lindsey is free from being handcuffed to the bed and when you think bloodshed would occur, it doesn’t. It almost becomes too surreal and it loses the oomph it had in the beginning. We went from crazy intense to all of a sudden we’ve worked through being the wife and the other woman in a matter of mere hours?? It just seemed unrealistic for what was happening at the beginning.
This was an OK read, very fast paced. I read this book rather quickly and it’s very easy to follow. I think any woman faced with finding her husband in an affair would want to do what Tessa did. I just don’t think I would ever be as gracious as Tessa is in the end. You’ll have to read this one and be the judge for yourself.
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 28, 2019