Review: Your Life Is Mine
Instant national bestseller Nathan Ripley follows up the success of Find You in the Dark with another suspenseful page-turner—this time about a woman whose notorious father died when she was a child, but whose legacy comes back to haunt her.
Blanche Potter never expected to face her past again—but she can’t escape it.
Blanche, an up-and-coming filmmaker, has distanced herself in every way she can from her father, the notorious killer and cult leader, Chuck Varner. In 1996, when she was a small child, he went on a shooting spree before turning the gun on himself.
Now, Blanche learns that her mother has been murdered. She returns to her childhood home, where she soon discovers there’s more to the death than police are willing to reveal. The officer who’s handling the case is holding information back, and a journalist who’s nosing around the investigation is taking an unusual interest in Blanche’s family.
Blanche begins to suspect that Chuck Varner’s cult has found a new life, and that her mother’s murder was just the beginning of the cult’s next chapter.
Then another killing occurs.
I’m a pretty quick reader. I honestly do try and read books within one or two sittings. But I started this book at the beginning of the month and it took me all of it to finish it. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book - in fact, if you’re a reader who likes “light suspense” and thrillers, this may be a decent book for you. I, however, didn’t connect with it, the incredibly slow and repetitive story and one-dimensional characters. The whodunnit surprise was a letdown and I’m sad to say, I was entirely bored reading this.
The culty premise of the story was great but it never really went anywhere except in circles. “Your Life is Mine” is the cult itself - it’s name and motto. That’s great and all, but there really wasn’t any life to it besides let’s kill people and control them. Twenty years after a mass-shooting, new cult members emerge out of nowhere and I just have to say these cult members are incredibly predictable and boring.
Blanche, the MC, was okay. She wasn’t anything special besides being the daughter of the cult leader/creator of twenty years prior. She was missing something that would allow me to empathize with her and her situation. She didn’t have the spark I was looking for and at times was incredibly frustrating to read about.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.