Hardback edition released 28/06/2018

by JL Butler

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LoveReading Expert Review of Mine

‘Mine’ is a sharply focused, edgy, wonderfully compelling read, where the tension tightens into a lightning ball before powerfully exploding. Lawyer Francine Day begins an affair with client Martin Joy after taking on his divorce, when his wife goes missing danger edges ever closer. The prologue, particularly the first sentence hit me with a whammy, I was instantly hooked. There is a lot of information to take on board, yet I felt alert and energised as I read. My feelings for Fran tossed and turned, the more I learned, the closer I became, and the more real she felt to me. J. L. Butler is a former lawyer and journalist, the credibility of the writing can be felt through every word. Just as a little aside, this particular author also writes under another name (whose bestselling books I adore), I wouldn’t have recognised the writing style as it is so completely different, yet equally as enthralling. As the suspense multiplied, transferring from the page into my mind, I tested my suspicion against the characters, yet still didn’t expect the ending as it hurtled towards me. ‘Mine’ is a delicious serving of fiery drama and chilling darkness, it was a breath-taking non-stop read for me and I can whole-heartedly recommend it.

Liz Robinson

Mine Synopsis

 This debut novel will be your new obsession. Francine Day is a high flying lawyer about to apply for silk, ambitious and brilliant. She just needs one headline grabbing client to seal her place as queen's counsel ... Martin Joy. The attraction is instant. Obsessive. They embark on a secret affair and Francine thinks she can hold it together. But then Martin's wife goes missing. And Martin is the prime suspect. Francine is now his lawyer, lover and the last person to see Donna Joy alive. As the case unravels so does Francine. My client. My lover. My husband. My obsession. Set in the Inns of Court in London, where justice and corruption have played out for centuries, J L Butler's taut, gripping legal drama brims with suspense and obsession, and only you can solve the case...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008262419
Publication date: 28th June 2018
Author: JL Butler
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Mine Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

I read this book in just a few days. It was completely enthralling.

I read this book in just a few days. It was completely enthralling.

The book starts at the end of the story, which is often difficult for a reader to follow, but this is so well written that the novel flows and is not disjointed. The story is about Francine Day who is a very successful solicitor. However, her career begins to fall apart when she starts a relationship with a client, Martin Joy, who is initiating divorce proceedings against his wife, Donna.

Donna goes missing and Martin is the main suspect. Francine was following him that night without his knowledge but she does not remember anything until she was back at her flat, bloodied and confused. Her neighbour takes her in and helps her, but later uses this to blackmail her.

Martin’s business partner, Alex, and his wife take him in when she is released by the police. Francine turns to her friend Clare who puts her in touch with a colleague to try and remember the evening that Donna disappeared. She also has support from Tom, a colleague form her chambers and as things begin to come clearer Francine is left with two suspects – Martin and Alex. She goes to Martin’s house on the beach and sends texts to both of them-but the person who arrives is not who she expected at all!

Kathy Howell

My Client, Her Husband, My Lover .......guessing until the end!

I loved this book from start to end. Best I have read in a long time. This told the story of an upcoming Lawyer with a great career ahead of her, in the process of applying for silk. Francine Day is ambitious but lets professionalism slip by getting involved in a tangled web of lust, desire, betrayal and a missing wife, soon to be divorced from her client whom she becomes involved with. The attraction is instant and obsessive. The characters in the book could all be involved but how, when, where? There are a few different storylines which keeps you guessing as to who could be responsible for a suspected murder. There are a few twists which kept me guessing to the end. Everything I love in a book, great characters, a crime, thriller and a twist. I will definitely read more from J L Butler. Recommended.

Nicola Cooper

An ok psychological drama.

This book promises ambition, sex, secrets, lies and obsession... but I don't think it delivers on any! The premise rests on a lawyer (Francine) having an affair with the client (Martin) and then his soon to be ex-wife (Donna) goes missing.

I don't think the characters were well developed, in particular the 'love' between Francine and Martin was not believable.

The mental health aspect was a bit bizarre and felt dropped in (to further the plot).

I did however enjoy the set up of the final scene and felt that was well thought through.

Alison Greenacre

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Publication date: 28/06/2018
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About JL Butler

J.L. Butler trained as a lawyer and journalist. She lives in London with her husband and son. J.L. Butler is the pseudonym for Sunday Times bestseller, Tasmina Perry.

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