When You Are Mine

Great writing builds up the tension in this story of a police officer trying to find justice against the odds.

Book title

When You Are Mine


Michael Robotham

Standalone or series


First time reading this author?


Why I picked this

Some of my favourite authors rate Michael Robotham, so when this came up for review on NetGalley I thought it would be a good opportunity to give his books a try.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Little, Brown, and NetGalley for access to an advance ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

Police officer Philomena McCarthy knows about working in a family of secrets. Her father is a well known crime boss. Now she’s up against the family of blue, a secret organisation within the police force who have each other’s backs no matter what, so when Phil continues to pursue a fellow officer accused of domestic violence she’s blocked at every turn.


The daughter of an infamous crime family trying to make her way as a police officer would seem to have enough problems. But, Phil McCarthy isn’t one to back down from a fight and certainly isn’t willing to back off because of pressure from her superiors to stay away from the girlfriend and wife of a fellow officer accused of assaulting them.

She puts her career, and potentially her life, on the line to try and help both women escape from their abuser and to see the culprit brought to justice. She helps Tempe, the officer’s girlfriend find somewhere else to live and begins to give her martial arts training. But, Tempe has secrets, secrets which might put Phil at more risk, even as she turns to family connections in her bid for justice.

There’s a palpable sense of feeling trapped in this book. Phil is desperately trying to do the right thing, but the processes, the cultures which protect their own at the expense of the truth, and the presence of someone who simply won’t take no as an answer, wall her in at every turn. Fantastic writing meant that I felt every part of her frustration.

A really strong psychological thriller delivered by a master of storytelling.


Rating: 5 out of 5.
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