Domestic thriller; perfectly paced; wonderfully developed characters
Jessica and Evan are recently separated. They have two sons, their biological son, Max and their adopted son, Gabe. The characters are very well developed and relatable. I wanted to be friends with both Jessica and Evan and I would have liked to see them get back together.
One night Evan is supposed to pick the boys up, but he doesn’t show. Jess is annoyed until she finds out that he died on a hunting trip–when he was never the outdoorsy type. Jess and her boys are devastated by Evan’s death and Jess finds herself not accepting it, something doesn’t feel right and she starts to investigate. She discovers that Evan was in contact with Gabe’s biological mother. Jess continues to investigate and I could not put this book down! Domestic thrillers where kids are involved just make me want to make sure that the kids are safe and I can’t stop reading!
I loved this book. I loved the characters and I wanted to be friends with them. I could really relate to Jess, she seemed so real to me. The story kept my interest and was the perfect blend of women’s fiction and thriller written beautifully and paced perfectly.
I am giving this book 4.5 stars because the characters were so well developed and the pacing was so right on and also because I appreciated the statistics regarding open and closed adoptions, biological parents who want to be found and those who don’t and why. I found it very interesting as I have several friends who were adopted and some have looked for their biological parents and others have not. I never really understood not wanting to find your biological parent or child, but after reading this I have a better understanding.
From the Publisher:
Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.
Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Atria books for my copy in exchange for my honest review.