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Reviewed by Jennie More for Readers' Favorite
Taking What Is Mine by CJ Vermote is a gripping novel about a recovering alcoholic who hopes to reignite her relationship with her son, Rob. Her son left home when he was 16, unable to tolerate her alcoholic outbursts. Upon leaving the rehabilitation center, excited to start her new life, she realizes that her son, who should be in his twenties now, is dead, and he was killed by his wife, Sara, in self-defense, according to news reports. The news halts Ann’s progress, and her life completely spins out of control as her hate for Sara takes over. Instead of dreaming about her reunion with Rob, Ann now plots her revenge against Sara by infiltrating Sara’s life as the harmless granny, quickly putting her plan against Sara into action.
Taking What Is Mine by CJ Vermote is a thrilling novel that taps into any mother’s worst nightmare – losing a child. I fell in love with the two main characters, Sara and Ann, and could effortlessly empathize with them and the emotions they experience throughout the novel. The news that Ann’s son is dead makes Ann lose her grip on reality and the new life she was hoping to build after maintaining her sobriety. Each character in the book complemented the overall story, adding value and depth. Taking What is Mine is suspenseful, thought-provoking, emotive, and entertaining. The story unfolds effortlessly, and I was left enthralled, anticipating the next moment I could find to pick up where I left off. CJ Vermote is a talented writer who made reading feel effortless as the scenes vividly unraveled.