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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,047 ratings  ·  553 reviews
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 sa
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rea Frey's sophomore effort is nothing like her first book, with one exception, it's a FANTASTICALLY COMPULSIVE READ.

There are three main characters in this book... Lee, her son's tutor, Noah and her best friend, Grace. Every character is remarkably fleshed out, even Lee's son, Mason. Mason as a character was a pleasure to get to know and I'm so glad he held such an important role in this story.

It becomes obvious early on in this story that all three of these people have deep hidden secrets. Th
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Compulsive, Deeply Hidden Secrets and Ultimate Revenge Stars!

I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't blown away by Frey's first book, Not Her Daughter. BUT this book - it definitely blew me away! I love a gotcha that was right there all along and yet I simply didn't connect the dots enough to see it. After turning the last few pages - I literally screamed out loud - How did I NOT see that? The breadcrumbed were all there. Well done Rea Frey, you got me! You got me and I loved every second
A much anticipated weekend getaway with friends. Time to relax, let your hair down and kick up some dust! What could go wrong....right!? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Lee is a single mom raising her son Mason who is on the spectrum. Her entire day...or more accurately, her entire life revolves around her son. Thankfully, her dear friend Grace lends a helping hand when she can. And equally, Lee could not be more grateful for Noah, Mason’s tutor.

Only when secrets start to unravel it becomes apparent to everyone that ther
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is told from the points of view of single mother Lee, who we know is dead very early in the book, her best friend Grace, and Noah, tutor and therapist of Mason, Lee's son. We know that something horrible and fatal happened on a retreat that included Lee, Grace, and their two close women friends. The story thing goes back over the last forty eight hours, as we find out what led up to Lee's death.

At lot of improbable things have to occur for this story to even happen the way it does so
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

But it’s the lies that keep you safe.

Lee is a single mother who has a carefully crafted life. Everything is timed to the minute. She does this for her on-the-spectrum son, Mason. She works from home; he is schooled from home. Their lives are constructed and stable. When Lee is invited to go on a weekend away with her friends, she wants to go, and eventually is talked into going by her best friend, Grace. Noah, Mason's tutor, agrees's to watch Mason for the weekend and provide hourly upd
Susanne  Strong
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
2.5 Stars (rounded down)

No one is ever who you think they are.. at least when it comes to Fiction!

Lee and Grace are the best of friends and feel extremely grateful to have each other to lean on. Lee is a single mother of Mason who is autistic, while Grace’s son Luca is healthy and happy, thus Lee is always struggling, to take care of Mason, to make ends meet, to do everything, while in comparison, Grace seemingly has it easy.

That is where Noah comes in - he is Mason’s tutor and is a godsend. In
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
”The truth will set you three, but it is the lies that will keep you safe.

Rea Frey has written a compelling tale brimming with secrets and lies, mystery and deceit. I was completely grip from the first page to the shocking end. Lee is a single mother to Mason a charming boy on the autism spectrum. Grace is her BFF newly divorced and has a son the same age as Mason. Noah is Mason’s tutor/therapist, Grace’s friend and Lee’s secret crush. The story bounces between these three character’s points of
Katie B
2.5 stars

Really bummed this wasn't a winner for me because I had been looking forward to reading it for months. It started off promising and held my interest but I slowly started having problems with the characters and everything just went downhill from there. I think some of the characters and storylines were not fully developed and I just couldn't buy into them.

Lee has a lot on her plate. She works hard to make ends meet as a hair stylist and is a single mom to her son Mason who is on the auti
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, thriller
At the beginning of the book a woman dies leaving her child motherless. Who is she? what kind of secrets and frustrations made her go on the fateful mountain climb alone?

And so our guessing game begins as soon as we meet Lee, a single mom of Mason, a gifted child with a sensory processing disorder, which means Lee has to work from home, while Mason is homeschooled. We also meet Grace, her best friend a divorced mother of seven year old Luca. Lee became friends with a few playground mothers lon
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Lee is a single mom, and she has a tightly scheduled routine. Her son, Mason, is on the autism spectrum. Her consistent routine is what Mason needs, and she ensures he has it.

Lee’s best friend, Grace, has prodded her for a while to take a weekend away, and Lee finally agrees. It’s just one weekend, right? Noah is Mason’s tutor, and he agrees to stay with him.

Unfortunately, within forty-eight hours someone has died. Grace has secrets. Lee has secrets. Noah has secrets. Eventually, the
I loved, “Not Her Daughter “ (5 stars) by Rea Frey, so when the publisher invited me to read an advance copy of “Because You’re Mine”, I jumped at the chance!

Lee is a single mother, raising Mason, who is on the Autism Spectrum. She can really use a break, so when her best friend, Grace, along with their other friends, Carol and Alice, invite her to join them on a weekend getaway, AND her son’s tutor Noah, agrees to care for Mason, while they are gone, she allows herself to be persuaded to say “
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Having read Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey and absolutely loving it I was excited when I saw Because You’re Mine. One always hopes to find another hit when it’s an author you’ve enjoyed before but also something similar to that first book however Because You’re Mine seemed totally different from the start, was that bad? No way, the two had one thing in common in the fact both were definitely page turners.

Because You’re Mine is more of a domestic drama again than a thriller with one big mystery to
This book is almost impossible to talk about without giving up too much information but I’m going to do it. There’s Lee, the single mother of 7-year old Mason who is brilliant and on the spectrum. Lee’s a hair stylist with a salon setup in her home and she keeps to a strict regimen everyday. Noah is his in-home tutor who has an amazing rapport with Mason and helps keep tension to a minimum. Grace is a successful businesswoman, a divorced mother of 7-year old Luca, and who’s Lee’s best friend. Th ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks St. Martin's Press and Jordan Hanley for the invitation to check out this digital galley via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.

OMG! Rea Frey has written one heck of a novel. Having enjoyed her previous novel,Not Her Daughter, I knew that there was absolutely no way that I was going to wait until August to read this ARC. Since publication is so many months away, I shall make my review brief and vague. Narrated by several characters, the story involves the before and after of a t
A group of friends go on a girls' weekend getaway. Two of the women are Lee and Grace - best friends who are keeping secrets from one another. At the end of the weekend, someone is dead.

Told with alternating points of view and timelines. The three points of view are Lee, Grace, and Noah. Lee is a single mother. She is protective of her autistic son Mason, and all her actions revolve around providing for him. Grace is Lee's best friend, and also a single mother. Grace is keeping something from Le
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of Because You're Mine by Rea Frey from NetGalley for my honest review.

A thrilling, twisted and suspenseful read.

Lee is a single mom and has a special needs child named Mason. Mason is autistic and Lee doesn't ever feel like she can trust anyone to help with Mason. Lee is getting ready to leave and go on holiday with her friends but is scared to leave Mason behind. She does end up going and Mason is under the care of Noah. Noah, however, has his own agenda. But then some
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
After having read Rea Frey’s debut novel Not Her Daughter last year – a book that I had enjoyed for its good writing, fast-moving plot, and emotionally resonant story — I was excited to get my hands on her second novel, Because You’re Mine , which comes out this month. While I did enjoy this one well enough, I prefer her previous novel way more, as there was much more depth to the story and the characters in that one, which I didn’t find with this one. With that said, one thing I thought ...more
 Li'l Owl
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I can handle the truth. It’s the lies that kill me.”

secret [see-krit]

1. done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others

2. kept from the knowledge of any but the initiated or privileged

Sometimes, I wonder if we ever really know the people in our lives: their layers, their hidden truths, their complexities, their lies.

I wonder how many secrets each of us juggles.

Are we afraid of not being liked?
Are we afraid of being judged?
Are we afraid of consequences?

I kn
Iryna *Book and Sword*
2.5/5 stars

After absolutely loving Frey's first suspense novel that I binge read in one day last year, Not Her Daughter, I am more than disappointed with this one.

Here's the thing - the writing is quite on point, I also binge read this in one day, and whoever edited this did an amazing job, because for an arc copy this was flawless (grammatically, and it always makes me so happy), but either the topic, or the execution of this is horribly wrong.

If I sound like I'm not sure, it's because I'm no
Catherine McKenzie
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE is an edge-of-your-seat voyage that swirls around the sudden death of a young mother. From the opening scene to the final, surprising reveal, I was lost in Grace, Lee and Noah's story and the way their lives intersected. Each of them is holding a deep, dark, secret, but only one of them is hiding their true self. Who that person is is the answer to the riveting mystery at the core of this novel. ...more
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HOLY MOLY!!! 🙌 Shut the front door! "Smart and taut..” BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE is a twisted deliciously evil game of REVENGE. Top Books of 2019

After NOT HER DAUGHTER (a hit debut), a movie deal, and this? Rea Frey is setting the domestic suspense genre on FIRE! I loved every page. The diary notations were "knock-out."

Rea Frey "wowed
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3.5 stars rounded up

I really enjoy Rea Frey's writing... looking forward to her next book!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Whew-there is a lot going on here.
It all comes together with an ending that I wish I hadn’t seen coming, because it’s a nice twist. Unfortunately there was just too much predictability leading up to it, that the reveal fell short for me,

Still a solid mystery that kept me turning the pages!

ARC provided by NetGalley
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Very interesting title for a very different, but good read. When you see the title, you are going to think it’s going to be a romance, but it is far from that.

We meet Grace and Lee. Both are single and both have sons the same age. Lee appears to have more baggage than Grace, but they both are overwhelmed.

Both of them seem to be hiding something.

Then we add in Lee’s son’s teacher Noah who also has a secret.

All three characters are connected through Mason, and the connection goes deep. Everything
Never for one moment did I envision how this book would end – never.

Because You’re Mine is the intriguing story of the interwoven lives of three people and one charming young boy who is on the spectrum. Mom, Lee, who works her butt off to provide a loving, comfortable and safe home for her son, Mason. His tutor, Noah, for whom Lee has a growing interest but tries to quell it in order not to upset Mason’s routine and Grace, the dutiful and caring friend. The story is told from each of their persp
Ugh, this book. I am so frustrated. It was going along nicely--compulsively readable, and a solid 3.5 stars rounded up to 4, but then...that ending. This author committed what I consider to be an absolute cardinal sin when it comes to twisty thrillers. I can't really say much about what I didn't like without spoiling it, so...

General spoiler about what the author did that I absolutely hated:

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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I loved Frey's first book Not My Daughter. So when I got an early copy of Because Your Mine I was so excited. I loved every page and I don't want to give away anything but I did not see it coming. I was like OMG at the ending.
Don't miss this book it is fabulous and the out come you will not see coming! Such a good read! I can't wait for her next book!
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I do believe I’ve found my newest autobuy author! I adored Not Her Daughter and now I ADORE this book. During part 1, I wasn't sure how I was feeling about this book. Lee was getting on my nerves, I already found Mason adorable and I couldn't grasp where this book was heading. Then, about 100 pages in, part 2 hits me across the face with a big old forceful slap and I didn’t stop reading after that. Halfway I was like ok I found the big twist. Omg I’m BRILLIANT. Yes! But no. And then WHAT. Though ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I really really struggled with this book and what to rate it. I had to sit on this for a few days.

So, on my hand I loved Rea's writing style and devoured this book in a little over a day. But, something was just missing for me and the ending fell extremely flat for me.

I felt that it was a tad unbelievable and just missed the mark for me. I feel like this has been a pattern for me with her books... that they're unbelievable, predictable, and the ending just comes out of left field.

I love surpr
Erin Clemence
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel.

“Because You’re Mine” is the newest novel by author Rea Frey, whose previous work, Not Her Daughter surprised and delighted me.

Single mother Lee has finally found a life that works for her and her sensitive son, Mason. She knows how he needs to adhere to a strict routine, and how he thrives in a controlled environment. One day, when her best friend Grace encourages her to go away on a girls’
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Rea Frey is the author of Not Her Daughter, Because You're Mine, and her upcoming release, Until I Find You.

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