It’s such a pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for Mine by Susie Fox! My thanks to Sam Deacon at Michael Joseph for the invitation to join and for my review copy!
Author : Susie Fox
Title : Mine
Pages : 340
Publisher : Penguin
Publication date : June 14, 2018
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.
Flipping heck! I was so not prepared for the rollercoaster ride of emotions ‘Mine’ took me on!
Sasha wakes up in hospital after an emergency c-section. When she is finally shown her baby, she’s convinced this tiny infant is not hers. Nobody believes her, not even her husband. With everyone against her, what can Sasha do? Let herself be convinced this child is hers? Pretend to love a child she feels isn’t hers? Or keep searching for the baby she believes truly belongs to her?
Sasha has had quite the traumatic past and so throughout the story you can’t help but wonder if she’s a reliable narrator. As a doctor, she knows mistakes happen in hospitals but could her judgment be clouded? I thought I had a wee inkling as to what was going on but the author managed to keep me second-guessing events at every turn. I may have had a smug grin on my face when it turned out my initial theory was correct but the actual reveal still left me reeling.
This is the stuff of nightmares. I’m not a mother but I had no problems whatsoever imagining how frightening it must be when you think the baby in the cot isn’t yours. How frustrating it must be to realise there’s no-one in your corner. How hard it is when you’ve read all the books, you think you know what it should be like and suddenly this wee bundle of joy arrives and you feel absolutely nothing.
‘Mine’ is super intense from start to finish as it tackles topics like IVF, miscarriages and mental health issues. This incredibly gripping plot had me completely absorbed and I couldn’t help but flip the pages faster to see what would happen next. But it’s also moving and heartbreaking at times and it’s entirely impossible not to become invested in Sasha’s well-being.
It’s quite hard to fathom that this is Susie Fox’s debut novel and this addictive psychological thriller promises nothing but good things from her in the future. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
‘Mine’ is available to buy in ebook format. The UK paperback will be out on June 14th!
Susi Fox studied Medicine at the University of Melbourne. She is the recipient of a 2014 Varuna Fellowship and was part of the 2015 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. She lives in Central Victoria, where she works as a GP. Mine is her first novel.