A couple of months ago I bought a few books from The Works. Two of the books had the same title, Mine, but were written by different authors.
"The baby in the cot is not your baby.
You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, desperate to see your child. But when you are shown the small infant, a terrible thought seizes you: this baby is not mine.
They say you're delusional.
No one believes you. Not the nurses, your father or even your own husband. They say you're confused. Dangerous.
But you're a doctor - you know how easily mistakes can be made. Or even deliberate ones.
Everyone is against you; do you trust your instincts? Or is your traumatic past clouding your judgement? You know only one thing.
You must find your baby."
The first book I read was Mine by Susi Fox. This was one of those books which kept me reading, I just didn't know in which way the story was going, was the new mum suffering from postpartum psychosis, had a mistake been made, or was there something more sinister going on in the hospital?
This is the author's debut novel and I think she's done a great job with it, I was kept guessing, and changing my thoughts on what the outcome would be, right until the very end. I thought this book was excellent.
"'Who am I?
Why am I here?
Why did my mother give me away?'
Luke has always felt like an outsider. But when he finds his birth mother Alice, he feels an instant connection with her.
So when Luke's wife goes back to work and they need someone to look after their son, Alice seems like the perfect choice.
But Alice is battling with demons of her own - she's still not forgotten the heart-breaking events of 27 years ago that forced her to give up her child.
And she will do anything to stop history repeating itself..."
I found Mine by Clare Empson to be a slow burner at the start but it was setting the scene and once it got going I was hooked. The story is written in the present from Luke's point of view, and recalls Alice's past, with alternating chapters. It's a beautifully written book which deals with all the emotions of love and loss. Billed as a psychological thriller, this book is so much more.
Two books with the same title and I'd recommend both. I enjoyed Mine by Susi Fox so much that I didn't expect to enjoy Mine by Clare Empson as much, but I was wrong. If I were to recommend one above the other it would definitely be Clare Empson's Mine.