An “insidious, suspenseful tale” (J.T. Ellison) with a “shocker of an ending you won’t see coming” (Michele Campbell), Because You're Mine by Rea Frey, the author who “brings to mind Jodi Picoult” (Booklist) and “will appeal to readers of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen” (Sally Hepworth) is a novel about how the truth will set you free.
But it’s the lies that keep you safe.
Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.
But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?
Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.
Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.
But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden. And what will happen to Mason, as the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light?
Perhaps it's no mystery someone is gone after all…
Because You're Mine is a breathtaking novel of domestic drama and suspense.
Prepare to stay up all night.
Single mother Lee, the protagonist of this gut-wrenching mystery from Frey (Not Her Daughter), works out of her Nashville home as a hair stylist. Her protective relationship with her seven-year-old son, Mason, who suffers from a sensory processing disorder, borders on obsessive. Over time, she has become friendly with three other playground mothers. The one she's closest to, Grace Childress, introduces her to Noah Banks, an occupational therapist, who begins homeschooling Mason, thereby becoming indispensable to both Lee and Mason. When a girls-only weekend is planned, Lee wrestles with leaving Mason, something she has never done. Noah and her friends persuade her that Mason will be fine with Noah and that the time apart will help Mason become more independent. High hopes for the weekend go unfulfilled when someone dies. After Lee and Grace lay bare secrets that tear apart the lives of themselves and others, the action hurtles toward a heartbreaking and unexpected ending. Fans of psychological family dramas will find this impossible to put down.