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In this riveting tale of psychological suspense, a divorce lawyer risks her career, her sanity, and her life when she falls into an illicit, all-consuming affair with her client—who becomes the primary suspect in his estranged wife’s sudden disappearance.

Young divorce lawyer Francine Day has methodically built her career doing everything right. She’s one big case away from

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by William Morrow
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Holly  B

I thought that this one read like a Hollywood movie (and I can easily see it playing out on the big screen). Thoroughly enjoyed this "guilty pleasure" which was sexy with slow burning suspense (which I liked).

The narrator is a London divorce lawyer named Francine and she falls hard for her wealthy client, Martin.  She is young and on the fast track to a prestigious legal career.  She just can't help resist Martin and they have a palpable chemistry (not to mention a steamy affair).  She becomes
Linda Strong
Francine Day is a divorce lawyer who should know better. Falling in love and lust with a client is a big no-no. Martin Joy is a handsome, charming man who insists that his marriage is over ... but Francine worries, even though she keeps seeing him.

Consumed with a passion she cannot control and increasingly obsessed with Martin’s relationship with his wife, Donna, Francine follows the woman one night . . . and discovers her having dinner with her supposedly soon-to-be-ex-husband.

The next morning,
Liz Barnsley
Whilst the writing was good (and considering the author's alter ego unsurprisingly) I just didn't get along with this one that well, although I did read to the end to see if the resolution upped the ante. It didn't.

Don't get me wrong this isn't terrible by any means, if you are a fan of psychological thrillers this one will probably hit a lot of marks for a lot of readers. I AM a fan of psychological thrillers, even though I'm probably over saturated with them I can't seem to stop reading them -
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Mine by J.L. Butler from Goodreads for my honest review.

This was an intense and gripping psychological thriller. I was hooked from the very beginning. Fast paced and wonderfully written. A must ready.
H.A. Leuschel
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't need to say much about this book as it would just spoil the experience. If you are looking for an intelligent, highly addictive and entertaining read, this is perfect! It certainly hit the spot for me!
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Alan Cotterell
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018

Really enjoyed reading this psychological thriller, narrated by the main character. Done really well with some humour and drama.
All the characters are well developed.
Really did not see the ending, there was obviously a twist coming, but I couldn't see which way it was going.
Katie B
Francine Day has worked hard to build a reputation as a top London divorce lawyer. Against her better judgement she becomes romantically involved with one of her clients, Martin Joy. Fran can't fight the feelings she has for Martin and is obsessed with his relationship with his soon to be ex wife, Donna Joy. After following Donna one night, Fran awakes the next morning with no clear memory of what happened the night before. When Donna goes missing, Fran does whatever it takes to protect herself ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aar, arc, mystery-thriller
I've given this a B at AAR.

The premise for J.L Butler’s Mine sounded really intriguing, as did the idea of a barrister heroine, so I jumped right in and was immediately pulled into the story.  I don’t read many mysteries (I tend to prefer romantic suspense), but this one grabbed me right away, and even though there were a few things about the plotline and central character that made me scratch my head, I was pretty much gripped from beginning to end.

Francine Day, a hard-working barrister in her
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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MINE by newcomer J. L. BUTLER (a pseudonym for established novelist Tasmina Perry) is an effective tale of...
goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this book staying in bed late this morning reading it so I could find out the ending so that says something. It wasn't the best psychological thriller I have ever read either though. Well written and though I had suspected the perpetrator at some point that wasn't surprising as I had suspected every character by the end. The high flying lawyer at the heart of the story was annoying and unhinged as she lurched from one bad decision to another in a Doctor Foster way a ...more
Thank you so much to William Morrow Books for providing my free copy of MINE by J.L. Butler - all opinions are my own.

This is a fast-paced psychological thriller that really defines the word obsession. Francine Day is a hard working divorce lawyer in London. She’s worked tirelessly building a reputation in a male dominated field, but against her better judgment, has an affair with her client, Martin Joy. She becomes obsessed with Martin and fixated on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Donna. When Donna go
Jean Vaughan
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mine by J. L. Butler ( better known as Barbara Taylor Bradford) has not hit the shelves yet but I urge you to get your orders in if you enjoy the best of psychological thrillers. I was hooked from the start and had to continue reading through the night, so loathe was I to leave the characters.
The thread follows a group of ambitious individuals who will stop at nothing to achieve their life's desire but is mixed with a helping of romance, sex and obsessive behaviour. I empathised, I got angry, I
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. I can find very little to recommend in the clique ridden, charicature filled novel.

The main character is Fran who has dragged herself up by her northern bootstraps to forge a successful career as a barrister in the mecca that is London. She is portrayed as clever and sharp but one smoldering look from Martin, a client consulting her about his divorce proceedings, turns her into a simpering wreck. He is, of course, very good looking and very rich.

Part way through the divorce proceedings
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Wonderful, page turner of a book. Mystery, intrigue and suspense in spades. I would not expect anything less from this accomplished author. Next book soon please ...
River Scott Tyler

Francine Day is a high flying lawyer about to apply for silk a big step up in her career she is ambitious and brilliant. and just needs her next case to be big bigger then an other case she has worked on one that grabs the headlines to seal her place as queen's counsel then one day she bags a new high profile client.... Martin Joy. The attraction is instant. Obsessive. intense. deadly!

They embark on a secret affair an affair that Francine knows is wrong one that could co
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you William Morrow Books for the physical copy, and Edelweiss for the E-ARC. #Partner, all opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Okay, so the prologue was Amazing, and I totally thought I was in for the best read of my life. But something just didn't work for me, for instance, there was  way to much going on in this book, a lot of side stories, and side characters, and for me it made me lose sight of the main storyline. The cover says it's a story of obsession, it just
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

Who doesn't love a guilty pleasure thriller read? Despite being on the larger side, as far as thrillers go, this one is a surprisingly fast read. The short chapters are always helpful and definitely keeps the pacing just right. That prologue! Definitely sucked me in from the start.

Francine Day is a divorce lawyer that has worked hard to build her career in a male dominated profession. She's so close to joining t
Chanel Lindsay
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows Francine Day, 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
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really don't know what to make of this book, I'm a huge fan of psychological thrillers, I devour them, but i found this hard going.
I found myself feeling more and more annoyed with the main character, Fran, she's meant to be a clever woman, a sensible hard working woman who has had a difficult upbringing, made her mark in the legal world etc, and yet as soon as her client looks at her she practically swoons at his feet....
It was irritating as much as anything, her obvious desire for this man w
Jamie Rosenblit
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 rounded down. Review to come!
Amber Myott
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this read , while it wasn’t taxing I think it was very well written, I loved the knowledge the author brought to the book from her background as a lawyer. I felt that a real effort had been made to fully develop the characters including the minor ones.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Novels of obsession really bother me but I can’t stop reading them! Fran, a divorce lawyer, has an illicit love affair with a client. She is obsessed with him as he is with her. The more involved she becomes the more she puts her career and life on the line. When her client’s wife disappears Fran does everything she can to protect the man she loves. Crazy things start to happen after a night of binge drinking, stalking, and memory loss. Oh Fran, get your act together! Is he worth it? I liked thi ...more
Claire Fraser
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This great book kept me reading into the small hours. I thought I had worked out the culprit but did not foresee the twist at the end. I will say no more for fear of spoiling it for other readers. You empathise with the main character whilst also feeling exasperated at some of her actions. Now I’ve finished reading it I’m still left with a big question and I’m sure others will be as well - if I say any more it will be a spoiler. Read the book, you will become absorbed.
Susan Angela Wallace
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
mine by j. l. butler.
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 Francin
Sara Oxton
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mine by JL Butler a five-star read that you will want to claim. This was a thrilling and suspenseful read, be warned you won’t want to put this down once you start reading it, so don’t start it before bed or else you will be mainlining coffee the next day!! Francine Day is a string character, she has fought hard for what she has, a great career but she is lacking something, but will that be the thing that breaks her. The legalese in the story was well done and understandable, the whodunnit aspec ...more
Claire Reeder
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately Mine by J L Butler just didn’t live up to the hype for me. Billed as a riveting tale of psychological suspense I was expecting to be drawn in and gripped by a page turner. We have a divorce lawyer risking both her career and her sanity, her client who is the primary suspect in his estranged wife’s disappearance and a neighbour who appears to have an ulterior motive. With all this. I was expecting great things but sadly I found the whole book somewhat lacking. I also really didn’t l ...more
Olivia Flaggert
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow, I couldn’t put this book down! This book captured my attention from the start and I loved the overall story line. Although the main character proved to be slightly unreliable at times, I felt like most of her decisions were believable and relatable. I think that this book did an excellent job of telling a captivating and thrilling story of love, obsession, and psychopathy. I would highly recommend this book. One of my new favorites and so glad I picked this up at my last trip to Barnes and ...more
Sammy Jackson
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an ok read
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J. L. Butler is the pseudonym of a popular London-based British author who has a background in law and magazine journalism.

Pseudonym for Tasmina Perry
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