When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham reviewed

When You Are Mine Book Cover When You Are Mine
Michael Robotham
Little, Brown Book Group UK
June 24, 2021

A heart-pounding psychological thriller about friendship and obsession

Philomena 'Phil' McCarthy is a promising young officer in the London Metropolitan police.

But everything changes when she is called to the scene of a domestic assault. Unbeknownst to her, the abuser is a decorated detective and Phil's efforts to protect his girlfriend - Tempe Brown - from violence result in Phil being unjustly struck from the force.

In the fallout, Phil begins to teach Tempe self-defence and they strike up a tentative friendship. Tempe is thoughtful and sweet, and within a matter of weeks the two women are inseparable - talking, socialising and confiding their deepest secrets in one another. But something isn't right. Sinister things keep happening and, when a body is discovered, Phil realises that Tempe is hiding deadly secrets of her own. Secrets she is willing to kill for . . .

This pulse-racing standalone psychological thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps is Michael Robotham's finest yet, and confirms his reputation as the Mastermind of Crime.

When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham

There is a good opening to When You Are Mine. A young girl is caught by the London bombings and is helped by a female police officer. It has the effect of shaping her life. The book continues with the girl Philomena (Phil) now as a serving police officer. She is caught up in a case that appears to be a fairly straightforward domestic abuse case. It is not! Another facet of this story is that Phil’s family have had fairly major crime connections although she no longer has any contact with them. This means that there is a good mix of potential issues for this story.

When You Are Mine follows the aftermath and consequences of the domestic abuse case. I don’t like spoilers so I’d prefer to give nothing more than that away. Suffice it to say that so much that is “obvious” may not actually be correct. I did work out/guess some of the twists but definitely not all of them. While there were times that I was screaming at Phil (!!) she was for me a good character. Most of the other people were rather more peripheral though I did grow to like Phil’s uncles.

I’ve been a fan of Michael Robotham’s books for some years now. I have particularly enjoyed the Joe O’Loughlin ones however a previous standalone book also worked very well for me. In my mind this author writes extremely well. There is always a decent sense of pace and tension and this book is no exception. Whenever I had a free moment I turned to this. Equally I often thought “I’ll just read a little more” and then read for much longer than I had intended. For me it is one of those sort of books.

I’d happily recommend When You Are Mine to anyone who enjoys a good tense read. If you haven’t tried Michael Robotham then this would make a good into to his work. There is a real sense of foreboding about this tale for me. You know bad things are going to happen but the who, why and when will come as a surprise sometimes. I found this edgy, pacey and twisty – just what I want for this sort of book. 5 star and happily so.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review