Regular price: $17.00

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Simply told but deeply affecting, in the best-selling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore - and gets away with it for 21 years.

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: She takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It's a secret she manages to keep for over two decades - from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.

When Lucy's now-grown daughter, Mia, discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia's birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and of the life-shattering effects of a single irrevocable moment.

©2016 Helen Klein Ross (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    432
  • 4 Stars
    404
  • 3 Stars
    183
  • 2 Stars
    35
  • 1 Stars
    14

Performance

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    550
  • 4 Stars
    281
  • 3 Stars
    103
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    9

Story

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    374
  • 4 Stars
    346
  • 3 Stars
    174
  • 2 Stars
    53
  • 1 Stars
    14
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Switching alliances

I constantly flipped on who I disliked/sympathized with. Both Lucy and Marilyn are very annoying at different times, the author does a good job of showing the grey area between right and wrong. Mia's initial reaction and ultimate decision are realistic. The whole discovery of Lucy by Marilyn was the only part that seemed a bit contrived, but in general the story was fascinating.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Wonderful development

Wonderful story rich in layers and background. I was surprised at the abrupt end. Maybe I was just too engrossed in the story!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

I hated Lucy and I couldn't help it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was such an interesting story and I know there was a true story that was very similar to it. The feelings of each character is what kept me interested. The way the real mother handled her pain and even how she forgave once she found the truth. Also, the daughter's feelings were very interesting to me. I still hate Lucy and I hate how she justified what she did. I think she is a sociopath and she could never justify enough for what she did.

What did you like best about this story?

I honestly did not like what this book was about because it was so painful to imagine but I wanted to find out how it got resolved and so I continued to listen. The narrators were excellent.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Each narrator performed wonderfully. I love each of these narrators, Love Julia Whelan and Cassandra Campbell.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

She lived a lie and loved the enemy.

Any additional comments?

I hate Lucy, I hate her and she can never no matter how hard the author tries get me to feel sorry for her. She is a sociopath who is selfish and I do not think Mia should have given her a second chance. Once Mia has her first child, she will finally "get it".

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great Read

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book, strayed from my normal suspense thrillers and glad I did. Ended was abrupt and left me wanting more! Would recommend to other readers. This is my first book with multiple narrators and it made the listening experience way more enjoyable!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

hated the ending

can't believe how it ended...after all that build up and then it just left me hanging.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Terrible ending

I loved it until it abruptly ended. Like the author just got tired of writing and quit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Not quite mediocre

I thought this book sounded like it had a lot of promise. The premise is exciting and has a lot of potential. Sounds good, right?
WRONG!
The book is written from the perspective of several different key players in the drama of a kidnapping. Unfortunately, all of these characters are extremely one-dimensional and, in my opinion, totally boring. There are so many missed opportunities in this book to really examine the depth of the relationships between these characters, the depth of who they are as individuals, and the impact of the events on their lives. There was a bit of that, but it seemed rushed and superficial. They become annoying and predictable caricatures. Ultimately, this book is poorly written, tedious, and boring.
Most of the narrators are adequate. However, the voice of the narrator for the character of Lucy was incredibly whiny and annoying.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

What is ours?

What I appreciated most about this book is the way the story is told. It was like watching a documentary and live action at the same time. The different voices of the story lend depth to the characters and move the story along at a nice pace. What I didn't find as alluring was the last quarter, which seemed rushed and then ended abruptly. Also, I felt there was an undercurrent of judgement about today's busy moms. The haunting question this book leaves me with is when, if ever, are our children truly ours.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Beth Anne
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 03-27-16

hurt my head deciding where my loyalty lie

crazy story of love and family and the grey area between right and wrong.

i flipped my view of both "mothers" back and forth as i read this from disgust to sympathy to wonderment. i think that the choices every single character in this story made were interesting, and helped to give me so much insight into how every emotion can challenge the conventions of what is right and wrong.

interesting read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jean
  • hamilton, OH, United States
  • 02-25-16

Rollar Coaster.

I really struggled with this book. The narrator was amazing but the sympathy toward Lucy was just ridiculous. She kidnapped a child and destroyed a family -- no matter how you look at it this is a crime -- it doesn't matter how "well" Mia turned out this is just wrong. The ending was abrupt - I didn't expect it to end quickly.
Maybe the author is planning a second book for the second half of Mia's life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful