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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  308 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 Green 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
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2019
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
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
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 “
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 work ...more
Catherine McKenzie
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.
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
Judy Collins
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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 "w
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
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
Erin Clemence
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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’ we
Sherri Thacker
Just when you think you have this book figured out, think again!!! This book kept me on the edge of my seat … until the very last page!! I am still trying to get my head wrapped around this story and how it all played out!! This is my 2nd book by Rea Frey and I thought her first book was also gripping but this one …you just have to read until the end. I can’t give it away. Just read till the very end and you will not guess what happens. (or at least I didn’t) It did move a little slow for me in ...more
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
Lindsey Gandhi
4 Crazy and Deliciously Devious Stars!!

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!

Holy Revenge Batman!! This is the perfect story of don't tick off the wrong person!

Secrets on top of secrets topped with more secrets and a side of secrets!! Everyone in this story is hiding some form of life altering secret. Your job is to figure out who's telling the truth and which secret belongs to which character before it's too late. Everyone is being deceptive and probably not in the w
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I read Rea Frey's debut novel, Not Her Daughter, last year and absolutely loved her writing style and storytelling. When I saw her upcoming release was available for review, I jumped at the opportunity.

Thankfully, Because You're Mine was another great Domestic Thriller by Frey! Admittedly, this book did start slowly for me. When a novel features rapidly changing perspectives, I usually find it to be a slower read simply because it takes some time to get oriented within the story, especially at t
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4 ☆ Because You’re Mine is VERY thought-provoking filled with tragedy, flawed characters and twists. There were many “ah-ha” moments, as things aren’t what you think they are or appear to be.

I’ve added this novel to my re-read list, now knowing there’s some things I didn’t pick up on at the time. I liked Rea Frey’s writing style, she’s a great storyteller and used subtle hints in her story that you have to catch at that moment. If you’re looking for a fresh and more unique domestic suspense nov
Susan Peterson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because You’re Mine is shockingly good, fast-paced, filled with lies, deceit, jealousy, addiction—with an ending that completely blew me away! The story is so brilliantly conceived; the story starts off as a family drama—best friends, two single moms, struggling together—until the lies insidiously seep into their lives, leaving wreckage in their wake. Rea Frey’s storytelling was astounding, as I was continuously shocked, saddened, and even repulsed as each deception is revealed, never prepared f ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved the authors last book, Not Her Daughter and was so impressed by how well she executed a highly emotional thriller, I don’t think that’s an easy thing to do at all. She has a really uncanny knack for infusing her stories with a ton of emotional upheaval but she doesn’t lose that tense, addictive quality that a really solid thriller always has either. It’s definitely a tricky balancing act but she nailed it again!

This is told from multiple perspectives, you hear from Lee, G
Aimee Pinard
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when you think you've figured it out, Rea Frey throws you another curve ball! This novel was a breath of fresh air and I could NOT put it down. From the very first paragraph, I felt like I was already inside the scene, smelling, hearing, seeing it all first hand and there is NOTHING more exciting than knowing right away you're in love with a story. I was left with my mouth (literally) hanging open when I finished this book and feel completely inspired by her ability to write so raw and real ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of my time is spent as a writer, but every single word of it is nonfiction. I read the made-up stuff - in particular the mystery/thriller genre - for pleasure; it really does amaze me how anyone's mind can even conjure up such complex characters and intricate plots that don't really exist, much less pull them all together in coherent and entertaining fashion. And when it comes to all that, boy, this one's a doozy.

Well, okay, it's a teeny bit far-fetched, mostly when it comes to how so many
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, giveaways
This is one of the best book I've read all year. I love the plot, the characters, the secrets, the surprising twists and of course, the ending. "Because You're Mine" is like a rollercoaster ride, a loopy, twisty, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that you don't want to end. From the very first chapter to the very last page, this book kept me guessing, entertained, and at times astounded.

The story begins with a death. Then introduced you to some unforgettable characters. Characters with flaws, s
Missy Block
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This last weekend I was given the privilege of a sneak peek reading of Rea Frey’s second mind blowing, suspense filled, stay up all night, read myself into a book hangover novel Because You’re Mine . The story opens with single momma Lee and her quick witted son Mason, who has sensory processing disorder. Lee’s life is based on a strict structure in order to keep Mason safe, so when her best friend Grace talks her into a quick getaway with friends, Lee reluctantly leaves Mason in the most capabl ...more
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Rea Frey is the author of NOT HER DAUGHTER (8.21.18) and BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE (8.6.19).

When she’s not exercising, mothering, adulting, wifing, eating, or writing about herself in the third person, you can find her hard at work on her next book and ghostwriting for other people.

“We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours.” 0 likes
“I’ve always been good at keeping secrets—other people’s secrets, friends’ secrets, family secrets, strangers’ secrets. But I’m even better at creating secrets. No one ever guesses them … even if I beg them to try.” 0 likes
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