Thursday, 8 July 2021


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.


  1. It's pretty special when you get TWO good books in a row.

  2. I'll have to looks out for those, although I have got quite a few on my bookshelf to get through at the moment

  3. Thanks for sharing your book reviews. Always nice to know what other folk are enjoying. Jean. x

  4. ohhhhh, I"m all about the doctor one!

  5. Sound like two good reads. Strange to see the two books together with the same title.

  6. I Like the sound of both of these I'll have to look out for them. I'm going to throw another Mine into the mix! A South Korean drama on Netflix, recommended by my son because his wife is South Korean he often tells me about good dramas he's watched. I was hooked from start to finish. Well worth a watch if you can stand subtitles. xx

  7. I really enjoy books that keep you guessing until the very end...except that those are also the type that keep me up reading much longer than I should do :)

  8. Both sound very intriguing & maybe I should start reading books again instead of just browsing magazines & reference books. Take care & hugs.

  9. Thank you for the reviews Jo. I'll give them both a read when I finish my current book. I like books that come recommended

  10. I've not heard of either of these books before, but they certainly sound well worth a read. :)

  11. Many thanks for sharing details about these two books, they both sound a good read.

    All the best Jan

  12. These both sound like my cup of