Sunday, June 6, 2021

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ AudioBook Tour: You're All Mine by Ruth Harrow

Author: Ruth Harrow

Narrator: Amanda Parrott

Length: 8 hours 45 minutes

Publisher: Ruth Harrow

Released: Apr. 27, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

The worst secrets are often hidden by the shiniest facade.... Heather lives in her dream house, has a handsome husband and a successful career. Famous in her field, she has legions of devoted followers on social media. But all is not as rosy as the Pinterest-perfect picture she lets them see. Behind closed doors lurks a more sinister story. Heather would be horrified if people knew about the violent scarlet stain near the fireplace...or the shocking secrets that keep her awake at night and could destroy everything she cares about.... Managing an exciting new project should be a breeze, but when she is forced to work alongside the school bully that made her life hell, a new nightmare starts. Her perfect façade begins unravelling before the watchful eyes of her followers. Awful happenings start to reach Heather in the one place she should be safe - her home. Has one of her obsessive fans taken things too far? Or is the ghost of her distant husband haunting her? From the best-selling author of the psychological thriller In Her Footsteps, You're All Mine is a gripping psychological thriller full of twists and turns that you will find hard to put down.
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Ruth Harrow was born and raised in London and graduated from the University of Kent before embarking on an unfulfilling career as an accountant. She eventually put pen to paper and her debut psychological thriller, In Her Footsteps, was published in 2018 and quickly became a bestseller. Following the success of her first novel, her second book, You're All Mine, was released in 2019. Her third psychological thriller, In My Wake was released on 16th July 2020. She lives in Colchester with her husband, two children and chocolate Labrador, Rolo. For more information and to get exclusive updates about future books please visit: RuthHarrow.com
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Momma Says: 3.5 stars⭐⭐⭐

You're All Mine is touted as a psychological thriller, but I would add the word domestic to that. So, a domestic psychological thriller. It definitely has some mess with your mind moments, but it is also very much a domestic thriller. The story relies heavily on the unreliable narrator, and with as many secrets as Heather has, she’s about as unreliable as it gets.
And that brings me to Heather. Now, I’m just gonna say it. Heather nearly drove me to distraction. This woman had all this crazy happening to her, yet she just keeps right on going, and she made some terrible decisions. She’s so caught up in perception, in what people see and think of her, that she reacts rather strangely. I’m sure that was intentional on the author’s part. If it wasn’t, she couldn’t have done it better if she tried. The above-mentioned unreliable narrator has been done a lot, so I’m probably a bit over-critical of it, but it works for this story and this character. 
We do get a good selection of characters to be the villain, plus there’s Heather, herself, and every single one of them could’ve very easily been that villain. Now, here’s where I’ll tell you that I did have it figured out pretty early. That said, I still second guessed myself a few times, so Ruth Harrow did a solid job of dangling carrots that led in the wrong direction—something any good psychological thriller should do.
The narrator, Amanda Parrott, was new to me, and I’ll admit that I wasn’t quite sure about her style for this book, but she grew on me. She has a sweet-sounding voice that worked perfectly for a big part of the dialogue. I especially liked it when someone was being sarcastic or contrary because Parrott did it exactly as I’d expect from those characters.
The story does jump back and forth in the timeline, and sometimes those jumps can be a bit jarring, but I finally noticed little differences in past and present, and it all started to fall into place. I will say that the ending for this one wasn’t what I thought it would be, especially with knowing the identity of the villain. I expected part of the reason for it all, but the rest of it was not at all where I expected it to go. Oddly, that wasn’t a dealbreaker for me. I will say that when you find out who the villain is, you can look back at some of the conversations, and it clicks.
Unreliable narrator, predictable villain, timeline jumps—yes, this one has all of those, but what it comes down to is whether I kept listening all the way through. I did, and I’m not sure if it was Heather’s bad decisions or the narration or the story itself. Or maybe it was a bit of everything. Whatever it was, I wanted to see if Heather would finally make some good choices. I wanted to see how it would all play out, so it’s certainly worth the listen. These characters are the kind that get under your skin, and even when you want to shake the daylights out of them, you still want to see where things go for them. I’d say this one would appeal to anyone who enjoys domestic thrillers. 

  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ruth Harrow. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. 

  
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