Tell Me You're Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck

Tell Me You're Mine

Elisabeth Norebäck

Stella's child tragically disappeared more than twenty years ago. When Stella meets someone she is convinced is her daughter, she will set in motion a sequence of events beyond her control.

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In this riveting domestic suspense debut, a woman's life shatters when she meets a girl she believes is the daughter she lost years ago--and she finds that reclaiming the life she lost might cost her the life she has. Tell Me You're Mine is a story of guilt, grief, and the delicate balance between love and obsession.

Where is the line between hope and madness?

Three women: one who believes she has found her long lost daughter, one terrified she's about to lose her child, and one determined to understand who she truly is.

Stella Widstrand is a psychotherapist, a happily married mother to a thirteen-year-old son. But when a young woman named Isabelle steps into her clinic to begin therapy, Stella's placid life begins to crumble. She is convinced that Isabelle is her daughter, Alice. The baby that tragically disappeared more than twenty years ago on a beach during a family vacation. Alice is believed to have drowned, but her body was never found. Stella has always believed that Alice is alive, somewhere--but everyone around her worries she's delusional. Could this be Alice?

Stella will risk everything to answer that question, but in doing so she will set in motion a sequence of events beyond her control, endangering herself and everyone she loves.


Advance Galley Reviews

This book started off very slow which isn't really in it's best interest. It was rather boring to slough through the first part of it and I found myself reading other things instead of returning to this. However, it does hit a point where it ramps up just enough to peak my interest. I'm glad I read the whole thing since I don't need any additions to my DNF list and I found this to get far more interesting as it goes on. However, do to the slow start I'd have to give it 3 stars.

It took me a while to get into this book, but I was glad that I kept at it. I like that Stella does not give up on her daughter, regardless of the impact on her own life. I found this to be immensely strong and liked her character more for this. She unhinges her life and is able to finally come to terms with what happens. Parts of the book were a little easy to figure out, but I loved the journey. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

I thought this book started out way too slow. There were too many coincidences and I thought the ending was predictable. I thought the premise of the book was good just not well executed.

I received complimentary access to this galley from FirsttoRead in exchange for a review. I enjoy reading world literature. I find the glimpse into an unfamiliar-to-me setting and culture educational and fascinating. The immensely popular Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson paved the way for other Swedish authors to introduce their work to a new and wider reading audience. For Stella Widstrand, a psychologist/psychotherapist, life with her husband, Henrik and teenage son, Milo, is normal. Her professional life, however, is another story. New patients are an everyday occurrence for those in her field, but this particular one was different. Stella felt an instant connection to her. Could she be Alice, her daughter, who vanished as an infant? But, she had introduced herself as Isabelle Karlsson. Did her daughter seek her out? Was she resentful and looking to exact revenge for what she perceived as negligence and abandonment? These questions would very soon torment her, wreaking havoc on her ordered life. The story is told from the multiple perspectives of Stella, Isabelle, and Kerstin(Isabelle’s “mother”) alternating by chapter. Intermittently included are Stella’s diary entries from her earlier life with Alice and Daniel, the love of her life and father of her child. I loved this book! The plot was engrossing and the multiple perspectives aided in character development. Not surprisingly, children are often affected by the goings-on in the household and their parents’ relationship dynamics. So Milo’s point of view could have been included. Although I correctly predicted the culprit as I neared the end, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. This was an impressive debut and I look forward to reading more from her.

Exceptional book. Full of twists and turns. I loved how thrilling it was, and all the surprises. It was so gripping. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I enjoyed this book. It kept me wondering throughout. I couldn’t wait till the end. The book kept me wondering what now after I finished. Looking forward to more work from this author.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. I really liked the premise of this book and the multiple viewpoints. However, it was a bit too predictable and slow-moving for me to fully enjoy the story.

Tell Me You’re Mine was a good mystery but not overly complex. Told from three points of view - the Mother who has a child missing for over 20 years, the Mother of a young college student and the college student herself. It was intriguing enough to keep you reading to find out what happens to the characters. As I stated before, it’s not a complicated plot so you will have figured it out long before the last page is turned. All in all a good read. Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC.

I could not get into this one. It felt like I'd read it before - a tighter, more action-packed version of it, that is... The characters, the plot, and the drama all felt just a little flat - nothing was quite as engaging as I wanted it to be and I couldn't find myself caring about the characters or situation. This one just didn't resonate with me at all.

I had a hard time getting into this book. It was slightly predictable yet slow moving. I’d give it a 3. Overall plot was okay, but not my favorite.

I was a little disappointed in this book. The story was extremely predictable. I knew right away what had happened the day Stella’s baby went missing as soon as a particular character was introduced. I was hoping that as I read I would be proven wrong but unfortunately I was correct. I liked the writing and would like to try another story by this author, but this mystery was not strong enough.

I would rate this book 3.25 stars out of 5. It was a slow rolling book, that didn’t really pick up the pace until the last 80 pages. Stella is a therapist, who is happily married, and is the mother of a 13 year old boy. From the outside looking in, Stella has it all, but when Stella was a teenager she had a baby named Alice who disappeared. Everyone presumed Alice drowned and her body was washed away but Stella has always felt that her daughter was abducted and one day she would be reunited with her daughter. One day Stella has a session with a new client named Isabelle and Stella knows with every ounce of her being that Isabelle is her daughter and has come back to her. Is this actually her daughter, and if it is...does she have good intentions after all these years. I feel like this book had a good premise but it just wasn’t executed well which could have been due to the translation from Swedish to English. I finished the book and still felt unsure of a few things. ***Thank you, First to Read for my advanced electronic copy of Tell Me You’re Mine in exchange for my honest review.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Each woman involved in the story had her own mental health demons to fight, and none was particularly good at it, and it was interesting to see how that played out in their interactions. My main complaint is that it is a bit predictable. The premise of the book could have been so wonderfully, darkly explored, but it ended up going exactly the way I thought it would. It was still an enjoyable read; I just feel like some of the potential was wasted. I liked Norebäck’s writing style and never felt like anything was getting lost in translation, so to speak. I ultimately gave the book 4 stars, mostly because of the relationships between the women and the writing itself.

The question throughout this book wasn't which woman was mentally unstable. Isabelle, the daughter of either Stella or Kersten was disturbed which is what put her in therapy with Stella. Stella who lost a daughter 20 years prior and thinks Isabelle is her. And Kersten who has raised Isabelle and doesn't understand why her motherhood is being questioned. They all have mental issues! So the book is basically determining which one of them is right and potentially less crazy. The problem is that at times the writing seems to suffer from the same question. I felt like all three women merged together as they all went through the same emotions. It would have been nicer if somehow they could have been more distinguishable. Part of this might be attributable to it being translated. Additionally, I felt like one of the story lines didn't make sense, as though it was added to fit other parts of the story together without being able to stand on its own. This left me with a less than satisfied feeling after getting through the book. But, as a first offering from a new author, I was impressed. The plot was complex. The characters strongly developed. I'll be happy to read Ms. Noreback's next book.

I enjoyed "Tell Me You're Mine" by Elizabeth Noreback. A bit slow to start and somewhat predictable but overall I would look forward to another mystery by this author. I wonder who will be buying the screen rights. It definitely has movie potential.

I was looking forward to reading the book and posting an actual review, but the site continued to tell me, on multiple devices, that I was not able to download the book, so I was not able to read it. Hoping I can fix whatever the problem is next time-and still read this book and come back and write a thorough review!

An excellent thriller and highly recommended! I figured out a major plot point pretty early on, but it was still a great roller coaster ride. I couldn't wait to get back to the book and read it every chance I could. Stella was a challenging and unreliable protagonist, but fortunately Isabelle is more likeable. Lots of nice sneaky twists and turns as you try to figure out who's telling the truth and what happened to baby Alice. I look forward to future books by Elisabeth Norebäck. Definitely a writer to watch. First to Read provided me with a complimentary copy of "Tell Me You're Mine" by Elisabeth Norebäck in exchange for an honest review.

Very good read although it was slow in the beginning. It does pick up about halfway through the story and then you are on a roller coaster. I am not sure if I like the unreliable narrator stories of late -- it has seemed to become their own genre. I will definitely recommend to a couple of my friends who seem to like these types of books.

I stayed up late reading because of the suspenseful writing but the plot line and reveals at the end were anticlimactic and somewhat predictable. An enjoyable read but not one that has stuck with me once I finished.

I found myself loving, then disliking, then back to loving, then back to disliking this one. Some parts were slow, or the build up took way too long, but I was still committed to wanting to find out if Isabella was in fact Alice. If you are a suspense, thriller fan, this book would fit the bill.

It was a very, very slow start with not much happening until about two-thirds through then a ton happened. Interesting read, but a bit predictable.

This book dragged for me. I liked ths premise, but it took too long to get to what was already pretty predictable. some twists t the end made it interesting but overall it was not that thrilling.

This book is a really great read if you enjoy psychological thrillers. It starts out charmingly so you get to know and like the characters, while slowly building the plot. The writing style provides different points of view from different characters to keep your attention and pique interest. Once the “cat is out of the bag,” it was full speed ahead. I didn’t want to put the book down. You enter someone else’s mind who may or may not be “crazy” for thinking a new client is her long lost daughter. As the truth unfolds, you won’t be able to put this book down.

This was a good mystery and suspense read! While the beginning started off a bit slower, I found myself not wanting to put it down as the book went on because I wanted to find out what happened. Stella was a pretty believable character, and the author makes you feel for her and her struggle. I wish there were an epilogue with more information on what happened afterward but overall a good read that I would recommend!

This was a great read with a good ending. It kept me engaged the entire time even though the plot was kind of predictable. I connected with Stella and really felt for her with her tragedy and emotional state. I would recommend this book to a friend.

This one was a tough read for me. The first half was a bit boring to read, but the book really started to get better in the second half. Unfortunately, right around that same time, I pretty much figured out what was really going on (and I ended up being correct). A bit predictable in that sense, but the ending was written very well. I was horrified and my stomach turned quite a bit, which is actually a feeling I quite enjoy when reading books like this. I wasn't prepared for the extremely graphic sex scene - I have nothing against it but I was just not expecting that. All in all, I enjoyed the book but I didn't find it very suspenseful. Thanks to Penguin for the First to Read advance galley copy!

I did not like this book. I found it unbelievable. I forced myself to continue reading this book. The characters were so fake and made so many crazy decisions. I also didn’t care for the author’s style of writing. It was a thumbs down for me

I got Tell Me You're Mine as an advance copy from first to read. I had a hard time putting this book down. The mystery and suspense kept me wanting to read more. It was written from multiple points of view, which keeps your interest well. Stella is a psychologist who is almost 40. She is married with a son. Stella had a daughter 20 years ago who went missing and was never found. Could this girl who just came looking for counceling help be her long lost daughter, Alice? Or is her mind making her think it is? Read and find out!

First to Read provided me with a complimentary copy of "Tell Me You're Mine" by Elisabeth Norebäck in exchange for an honest review. When Stella was a teenager, she got pregnant. She and Daniel became a family with baby Alice. During a trip to a vacation resort, Alice disappeared and presumed dead. Years later, Stella's life has changed. She has a new life complete with a different husband, a son, and a career as a psychotherapist. She has rebuilt her life but npstill struggles with losing her daughter. One day, Isabelle enters Stella's office as a client. She seems a little too familiar...... This book is a rollercoaster. It is slow and somewhat flat to start. Just enough bumps are presented to keep you interested. And then, you hit the top of the hill... When the story starts picking up steam, it does not stop. It changes direction several times leaving the reader a bit unsure where it is going next. By the time the ride ends, the reader is left short of breath.

This was a psychological thriller, which is my favorite genre. I could not put it down. I read the majority of it in a day. I don't think I ever thought that Stella was wrong in her belief that Isabelle was her Alice; I did gasp a little when she did some of the "crazy" things she did, but she truly believed that Isabelle was the child lost twenty years ago. I have always thought that the worse thing would be for everyone to think you are crazy when you are not. I knew from the beginning who the culprit of the story was, but that did to stop me from reading on to see how the issues would be resolved. This is the first book I have ever read that is set in Sweden, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it to others.

This book had you on a roller coaster from the beginning. I did find myself comparing Stella to the main character in The Woman in the Window. However, this story was very different from The Woman in The Window. I didn't see many of the twists coming and found that I was holding my breath for most of the ending. I do wish there had been a little more of an explanation or an epilogue at the very end. All in all I definitely enjoyed the story and would highly recommend it to others.

This book is one of many that have been written lately using the unreliable narrator trope. Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Woman in the Window come to mind. I spent the majority of the novel not knowing whether or not Stella's beliefs and suspicions were justified and whether everyone in Stella's life wants her to move on from the loss of her child because it would be easier for them, not necessarily easier for her. I vacillated between thinking her beliefs were justified and thinking she was being paranoid. As a reader, it was infuriating not to know whether I should be rooting for the main character or not. "Mourning a child is a lonely business. The longing and the loss are impossible to share with anyone else." I would've rated this book higher if it wasn't so darn tense and depressing for so much of the book. However, this book was well written. I would recommend it to suspense seekers. First to Read provided me with a complimentary copy of TELL ME YOU’RE MINE by Elisabeth Norebäck in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars Loved the first half of the book even if the writing was overly dramatic at times. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is a mess. Stella Widstrand, a psychotherapist, starts seeing a new patient named Isabelle. Stella is convinced Isabelle is her daughter who went missing twenty years ago and was never found. As Stella attempts to get answers, her world turns upside down. So it was very easy to get caught up in the story of whether this really was Stella's missing child or if Stella is an unreliable narrator. I definitely couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out the answer. The problem is by the start of the second half of the book, the story started playing out like something I've seen too many times before, most likely on the Lifetime Movie Network. And I'm not talking about the entertaining, big network movies from the 80s and 90s with Tracey Gold or Farrah Fawcett that LMN occasionally replays, I mean the more recent comically bad type of movies that star the third leading female on a CW show. The book just turned into an annoying mess with one outlandish thing happening after another. Really disappointing after what was a promising start. Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

Wow! This story is mesmerizing. I could not finish it soon enough. This story has everything. It has love, loss, jealousy, friendship, betrayal, sex, and death. This story really pulls you in and makes you wonder what is really the truth. I really connected with the characters. They were believable, and whether you like them or not, they led you through the story. This book takes you on an incredible journey. Go back in time with Stella to find out what happened all those years ago when her life changed. It is a wild ride, and a ride you definitely don't want to miss!

Tell Me You're Mine was full of suspense and twists. The plot was intriguing but I never quite connected with the characters enough to fall in love with the story. Some of this may be the because of the translation. However it was an enjoyable read.

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of TELL ME YOU’RE MINE by Elisabeth Norebäck in exchange for my honest review.*** Teenage mom Stella’s baby Alice disappears and is presumed dead. Twenty years later, now a therapist, Stella believes new client Isabelle is actually Alice. Her husband thinks her psychiatric problems have returned. Stella thinks someone, possibly Alice’s kidnapper, is gaslighting her. TELL ME YOU’RE MINE, translated from Swedish, never pulled me in. The plot was the strongest part of the book with no shortage of suspects including Stella herself. The writing, perhaps the translation, was dry and uninspired with more telling than showing. The Swedish version might be more readable, for those who know the language. I would have liked an epilogue or more to rage final chapter.

 


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