Your Life Is Mine
Blanche Potter never expected to face her past again—but she can’t escape it.
Blanche, an up-and-coming filmmaker, has distanced hersel ...more
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Blanche Potter (nee Varner) is a documentary filmmaker with one true friend, a surrogate mother and a horrifying past. Her long-dead father, Chuck Varner, is an infamous spree killer who also was the leader of a death cult. Preaching a philosophy he termed, Your Life Is Mine, Chuck raised his daughter like she would someday become the cult's leader.
After his horrifying crimes, Blanche distanced herself as much as she could from that life but as we ...more
I'm just going to start here and tell you that if you've not read and got the freaking weirdness that is Mr. Nathan Ripley, then just dont. If you are someone who can't accept the very strange, and have a problem just saying "dude, that's weird"and moving on, then this is not your groove. Mr. Ripley is weird. His books are weird. His shit gives me the creeps. I like the creeps. Alot! More!
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Blanche Potter’s father was Chuck Varner, the notorious cult leader who after shooting several people at a mall right in front of his 7 year old daughter, ends his own life.
Years have passed since that incident and Blanche has built a new life for herself. A life in which her deranged father and mother don’t exist. A new start. A new city. A new name.
Until she is approached by a jou ...more
Slow burning, dark, and dangerous!
Your Life is Mine is an eerie, enthralling, domestic thriller that delves into the gritty, manipulative world of cults and the disturbing ideology that underlies their radicalism, extremism, and violence.
The prose is sinister and intense. The characters are single-minded, scarred, and conflicted. And the plot told from the first-person point of view, is a menacing tale about power, deception, control, lies, secrets, paranoia, abuse, obsession, jealousy ...more
I am wondering if I should have read the first by this author... since it appears those that read it enjoyed it a little more with the background of the first.
I found this extremely difficult to get into and almost DNFed this book to be honest. My interest was completely not on the book and was bored. I couldn't get into the characters which was crazy to me since Blanche the daughter of a cult killer is the main punch li ...more
Last spring, author Nathan Ripley set the world on fire with his sinister debut novel, Find You in the Dark, and so I could hardly wait to read his new release. Big thanks go to Net Galley and Atria for the review copy. Although this psychological thriller is a solid effort, there is an unevenness of quality that holds it back.
The opening is strong, both urgent and original:
"Before a shooter is a shooter, he’s just a man in a room. It’s what follows that brings the background to ...more
Your Life is Mine is the second novel by Canadian author, Nathan Ripley. Renowned documentary maker Blanche Potter has spent the last twelve years avoiding all mention of her father. In 1996, Chuck Varner killed nine people in a shooting spree in the Harlow Mall in Stilford, California, before turning the gun on himself. Known to few is that he took along Blanche, then seven years old, to witness this.
Now, over twenty years later, Blanche learns that her estranged mother, Crissy, another d ...more
Your life is Mine starts off ...more
I was interested in the concept of Your Life is Mine, and the cultish beliefs that led to the mass shootings at a mall by none other than the cult leader, Chuck Varner.
This book is grisly and dark, but it fell a bit flat for me. I’ll chalk it up to say that maybe I’ ...more
This was a pretty good book. A true crime documentary duo is rocked when one girl finds out her mom has died. It's her mother and she needs to go back home and see her. But it's not because she's sad or even upset her mother is dead. No, she needs to make sure she is.
Blanche was raised by a terrorist - a terrorist that planned and complete ...more
Blanche Potter can't escape her past, no matter how hard she tries. When she was little her cult leader father Chuck Varner went on a shooting spree before killing himself. Now Blanche has f ...more
Blanche Potter is more than just a documentary film-maker. She’s the daughter of infamous mass murderer and cult-leader Chuck Varner. Blanche wants nothing more than to leave her past behind her, but when her mother is murdered, she’s forced to return home. She must go back to the place where it all began, and she fears that her father’s followers are only getting started...
This book is slow paced at the start. Ripley provides a lot of description of the setting and Blanche is ...more
I was raised with too much knowledge of the Manson Family so I've become fascinated by cults. The author did a nice job of fleshing out Chuck and his beliefs (I enjoyed the chaos theory). I was expecting more of a psychological thriller but it really was about Blanche and her psyche. It was an interesting journey into Blanche's mind and it had me engrossed from the beginning.
Thank you NetGalley for an advance reader's copy of this book to review.
So I've heard this is super weird, and weird, my friends, is my middle name!
Suspense, mystery, crime, and psychological thriller? I'm sold folks!
This book was not for me. I was intrigued by the premise: the child of a murder-cult leader grows up trying to distance herself from her infamous father and discovers, with the death of her mother, that her father's cult is being revived in a very large and violent way. But I think it was Blanche's story that intrigued me, not the cult itself (I never really got a handle on the purpos ...more
Your Life Is Mine by Nathan Ripley is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publishers Simon & Schuster and Atria Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Blanche Potter has tried to get on with her life. Her career as a filmmaker is taking off. But she can’t out-run the past. Changing her name, movin ...more
I read Ripley's Find You In The Dark and while it was a nice mystery, it wasn't the strongest one I read. I decided to give Ripley another shot and recieved a copy of Your Life is Mine. Another nice mystery that had its shocking moments.
The plot was very interesting and I enojoyed how it was told in the past and the present because we got to see Blanche (her alias) as a kid and what she went through when she was younger, and then we get to see he ...more
A creepy story about a daughter of a mass murderer and her troubles when people in his “cult” start problems!
Interesting premise and I was drawn in from the start. Got the book finished in a day, it was a page turner.
Thanks to Netgalley and Atria for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of Your Life is Mine by author Nathan Ripely in exchange for an honest review. Find the photos and mini review on my Instagram!
Cults are my absolute favorite thing to consume in media. I love TV shows, movies, books, anything pertaining to the theme. So, when I saw this was about the daughter of a former cult leader - it was like this book was screaming READ ME!
And it was not a bad book. It wasn't the best one I ever read, either. I hate writing 3 stars, middle of the road reviews.
I didn't really like the writing. ...more
Hello fellow book lovers! I'm back with an impressive book for you to check out this summer. Your Life Is Mine by Canadian author Nathan Ripley comes out June 4th and I tell ya, this was a wild ride. I received an ARC from Netgalley and I can't wait to tell you why I'm SMITTEN with this fierce novel.
About The Book 📚
Finished reading: May 20th 2019
"Before a shooter is a shooter, he's just a man in a room."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I really enjoyed my time with Find You In The Dark last year so when I saw a new title by Nathan Ripley I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to read it. I've been looking forward to pick it up ever since, especially with such an intriguing premise. I mean, the id ...more
I was so excited going into this book, the premise is so different than any other mystery/thriller I have read but unfortunately, this book did not do it for me.
I'm going to start off with some positives:
- As I said, the premise of this book was so interesting! I loved the idea of a cult being the main focus of a thriller book and I haven't read any other books that focus on cults previously.
- I ...more
Blanche Potter has created a new life for herself - changed her name, moved far away from the nightmare of her childhood and has become quite successful as a documentary film maker. But the past never really stays in the past does it ? Especially when your own father was a cult leader and mass murderer...
A slow burn that was as dark as it was entertaining, and l ...more
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exc ...more