When You Are Mine: The No.1 bestselling thriller from the master of suspense

· Hachette UK
53 reviews

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'No one does suspense better' STEPHEN KING

'Why won't he let you go?' I ask.
'He thinks he owns me.'

To Philomena McCarthy, being a police officer means never turning your back on someone in trouble. So when a decorated detective beats his girlfriend and the case is covered up, Phil secretly helps her.

But as Phil lets her new friend deeper into her life, sinister things start happening.

And by the time she's truly afraid, it's already too late . . .

'With each new book, I say it's his best. Well, THIS is his best' LINWOOD BARCLAY

'Superb. Twists the knife with skill and precision' GLOBE AND MAIL

'A heart-clutching psychological thriller' PEOPLE

'An astonishing, captivating story'

'Unputdownable. Thanks for a sleepless night!'

'Superbly entertaining'

'Dark, intense and pulse-pounding'

WHEN YOU ARE MINE was a No.1 Fiction bestseller in Australia in June 2021
53 reviews
Marianne Vincent
July 14, 2021
“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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Jason Bourne
July 20, 2021
I feel this book would have had more of an impact if it were about 50 pages shorter. It felt as though a lot of unnecessary, overly descriptive content existed which didn't relate to the story and seemed to be there for the purpose of filling the pages with text. The injustice is easy to understand as the author intended but I just couldn't become overly sympathetic with the main character because I simply didn't find what was happening to her to be astonishing. But after pushing myself to finish the book because I wanted to know what happened in the end, I was mostly annoyed by the lack of closure as to what happened to those who perpetrated that injustice against her. If you spend most of the time getting the reader so invested in the unfairness being suffered by the main character, then I damn well want to know what happens to the real offenders. Not just a promise that they will be exposed.
August 10, 2021
5* - This author has an honest, easygoing style, which is utterly believable. A perfectly poised pace which sucks you along naturally! Just enough necessary information is given, which is very refreshing. This Author does NOT bore the reader with unnecessary dribble which some others use, by discribing in detail every room/area/scene as though they were painting a picture! I label that style as 'No Imagination'!
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About the author

Michael Robotham is a former feature writer and investigative reporter, who has worked in Britain, Australia and America.

His debut thriller, The Suspect, introduced clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and sold more than a million copies around the world. The nine-book series is being adapted for the screen by World Productions (makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard), starring Aidan Turner. Michael's standalone thriller The Secrets She Keeps has also been the basis of two BBC TV series.

He has twice won the prestigious UK Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel, as well as the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for When She Was Good, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.

Michael lives in Sydney.

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