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  • First Class

    Even though I have only read a small number of Michael Robotham's novels so far (three including this one), this author has become a firm favourite. When You Are Mine is a standalone psychological thriller about toxic friendships, obsession and shocking secrets. Police Constable Philomena (Phil) McCarthy is an officer in the London Met. Her father, Edward McCarthy is a notorious gangster in the London organised crime underworld and her uncles have served time so she's already had to fight to gain the trust of her colleagues. PC Anisha (Nish) Kohli and Phil are called to the scene of a domestic assault. The abuser is DS Darren Goodall from the Intelligence Unit at Scotland Yard, a man regarded as a hero, and Phil's efforts to protect his girlfriend, Tempe Brown from violence ended in Phil losing her job. Phil starts to teach Tempe self-defence and they strike up a tentative friendship. The two women become inseparable and confide their deepest secrets to one another but when ominous things keep happening, Phil realises that Tempe is hiding something big, especially when a body is discovered... This is a really riveting crime thriller that was difficult to put down between chapters. So compulsive, it tackles subjects of power, domestic violence, and corruption, among others. The pacing is alacritous and the whole novel is riddled with tension and suspense. A scintillating read from the first page, the plot threads eventually combine for the monumental, unexpected finale. I'm really looking forward to my next book by Michael Robotham, whether it's one from his back catalogue or a new release. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Little, Brown Book Group/ Sphere via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Great as usual

    The story of what happens in wife abuse and stalking and the situations that can develop.

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  • When you are mine, was a fabulous read

    I love Michael Robotham books and lovevthe plots and twists. I have read most of his books as i love psychological thrillerd

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  • Gripping

    An excellent look into domestic abuse. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters & particularly liked the main character, Philomena & hope there are more books to follow with this character.

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  • the name Michael Robotham guarantees a brilliant

    “When a woman has been traumatised again and again by a partner who claims to love them, it starts to warp her reality. She begins to doubt herself, to mistrust her perceptions. She believes she is worthless and deserves to be punished.” When You Are Mine is the fifth stand-alone novel by award-winning best-selling Australian author, Michael Robotham. When PC Philomena McCarthy and her partner attend a domestic violence call, they are not expecting to arrest a cop. But by the time Phil has removed the somewhat reluctant victim, Tempe Brown, to safety, things have been put into motion behind the scenes. It turns out that, not only is DS Darren Goodall a lauded hero in a stabbing incident, but he also has friends with clout in the brass. When Phil returns from suspension, things have been tidied away and no action taken. But she has been explicitly warned off, and finds herself ostracised by her colleagues. Then Guardian freelancer, Dylan Holstein accosts her with allegations of earlier foul play by the hero, and challenges Phil to prove she is not her father’s daughter. Phil has kept her background as private as possible: Eddie McCarthy’s reputation for theft, racketeering, money laundering, and extortion did not, ultimately prevent her from becoming a cop, but even though she has been estranged from him for six years, making it common knowledge would not help matters. It seems that Dylan has had a run-in with Eddie McCarthy, and not long after he speaks to Phil, his body is pulled from the Thames… Back on the job, Phil cannot resist doing a little research on Goodall, and finds herself befriending Tempe, and reaching out to Goodall’s wife, Alison. But controlling men don’t give up what they feel they own easily. As usual, Robotham gives the reader a clever plot that has twists and turns and wrinkles that grab from page one and make it impossible to put down until the final, satisfying, last line. His characters are easily believable, and if, in her friendship with Tempe, Phil seems a little naïve for a PC, perhaps her judgement is coloured by Tempe’s situation, forgetting that a victim may not necessarily be innocent. In this topical and highly relevant novel about domestic abuse, toxic friendship and family baggage, Robotham illustrates what must be a woman’s worst fear: to have the misfortune to fall in love with a man who turns out to be a monster, and one who knows the system intimately and how to use it to his advantage. This novel is once again proof that the name Michael Robotham guarantees a brilliant read.

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