You Were Always Mine

Nicole Baart. Atria, $16 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-5011-3362-6
Iowa school teacher Jess Chamberlain, the heroine of this harrowing domestic thriller from Baart (Little Broken Things), and her husband, Evan, a family practitioner, have been separated for six months, and it’s been hard on their 13-year-old son, Max, and their six-year-old adopted son, Gabe. When Evan is killed in a hunting accident in Minnesota, Jess is shocked and suspicious, especially since Evan didn’t hunt. With the support of her family and friends, Jess struggles to move on from the death of a man she still loved. As Jess attempts to retrace Evan’s steps leading up to what becomes increasingly clear was his murder, she discovers that Evan was communicating with Gabe’s birth mother and may have been onto something that hits very close to home. Heartbreaking letters and emails sent by Gabe’s birth mother to various others, including Gabe, add emotional heft. Baart sensitively mines the bonds of motherhood and marriage while shining a light on a darker side of the adoption industry. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Brown & Miller Literary Assoc. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/20/2018
Release date: 10/16/2018
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-1-9821-0811-3
Library Binding - 344 pages - 978-1-4328-6372-2
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