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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews

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
Expected publication: 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
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.
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May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 ...
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.
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
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
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.
Sammy Jackson
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an ok read
May 16, 2018 marked it as not-interested
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book, we meet Francine. A divorce lawyer/barrister working out of a London Chambers with the prospect of attaining Silk soon. But, for all her intelligence, she is emotionally a bit of a mess and this is reflected in the fact that, against the rules, and indeed all common sense, she falls for Martin, her latest client who is in the early days of starting divorce proceedings with his estranged wife Donna. Francine and Martin begin a wild, passionate, illicit affair. They manage to keep th ...more
Myrna Gottlieb
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance proof of "Mine"" by JL Butler from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review I very much enjoyed the book. Francine Day, a 37-year-old British divorce lawyer, who had been living a quiet work-centered life, falls into a passionate all-consuming love affair with her newest client, Martin Joy, a handsome wealthy hedge fund manager. The situation is complicated when her client's wife disappears, and her lover/ client is suspected of murder. Possible motive: the wife wanted a ...more
Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
The moment lawyer Fran Day meets her newest client she can feel the sparks simmering between them, he's handsome, wealthy, and very charming... but he is also her client, and mixing business with pleasure is a big no-no. But, somewhere along the line boundaries get pushed and she finds herself getting involved with a man that she knows she shouldn't but the magnetic pull between them is just to hard to resist. Then the unthinkable happens and the wife he is supposed to be divorcing disappears, a ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars from me!

I confess to struggling for the first few pages - maybe a different writing style, maybe the sex, maybe just my own expectation - but then, suddenly, BAM, I was hooked!

The further I read into this book the less I was able to put it down. In truth, I read a couple of chapters yesterday morning and then read the entire rest of the book today. It is most definitely a page turner AND I didn't guess whodunnit!

Really loved the psychology and the legal talk and most definitely felt echo
Bev Dulson
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Tasmina Perry's books, so I was excited to hear she had written a thriller under another name. The blurb for this book sounded fantastic and right up my street.

Francine is a divorce lawyer and has been very successful in her career, less so in her private life. Her life takes a dramatic twist when she meet her new client, Martin who is charismatic with a hint of danger. Despite knowing that any relationship with him could spell disaster for her career, she can't keep her lust
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

Fran is a successful Lawyer/Barrister in London but for a well educated woman she makes some exceedingly bad choices and is woefully unprofessional. After meeting new divorce client Martin she embarks on an passionate affair with him. She knows it is wrong but cannot help herself. Things only get worse when Martin's wife goes missing and as events really start spiralling out of control Fran finds herself risking her career, her sanity and maybe even
Leonie Byrne
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, JL Butler and Harper Collins for my ARC of Mine.

Publication Date: 26th June 2018

This was a great psychological thriller. Truly trippy! Francine Day has built her reputation up piece by piece. Coming from a Northern town with a Comprehensive school education she's had to fight to gain respect from her colleagues in chambers and to save enough money for her tiny flat in the area of the city she wanted to live. When she meets the devastatingly handsome and devastatingly ri
Jill Brown
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Francine Day is a top London barrister who specialises if Family Law and more specifically, divorce, who is on the cusp of applying for "silk" - or in other words to become a Queen's Counsel (Q.C.).
Francine takes on the case of representing Martin Joy, a hugely wealthy hedge fund banker who is divorcing his beautiful wife Donna and finds herself instantly drawn and attracted to Martin. The feeling is mutual and it is not long before Fran and Martin are embarking on an inappropriate and ill-advis
Hanna Gichard
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

As a "psychological thriller", it wasn't the best I've read. Not bad, just not particularly thrilling or suspenseful. There are only so many people who could have done it that by the end, even though there is a twist, it was hard to be totally shocked by it.

But to me, this was really a novel about control - the control we have over our selves, our lives, our partners - and the power dynamics that exist in relationships and how they shift. The author di
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be my favourite thriller of the year. 5* plus is not enough. It is true how it was defined, Apple Tree Yard meets Fatal Attraction. It is so good, I read it in a day, and there was such a lot to get your teeth into. I really liked the characters and the vulnerability of Francine, Martin with his multi billion pound business and all the other characters thrown together makes a heady combination of lust, greed and plotting. The plot was very very clever. As an avid reader I couldn’ ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Did he, or didn’t he?

Francine Day is a lawyer who has done everything right; that is until she meets and falls in love with a client who is under investigation for the possible abduction of his wife.

Francine must decide if he is telling the truth and put her entire career on the line for a man she doesn’t wholeheartedly trust.

A psychological thriller which will have you blaming everyone, but, who really is guilty?

I must admit I kept putting off reading this book as I really didn’t fancy it. Boy!
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