Series Name: Cyrus Haven, #4

Review By Gabrielle

Buckle up folks, Jesse sends readers on a rollercoaster journey with I’m Not Done With You Yet.

Favourite Quote:

“It’s meant to be. We were meant to meet this way, with her rescuing me from the London-Oxford bus driver. Meant to sit next to each other for over one hundred minutes, our elbows a mere hair’s breadth away from touching. With each bump the bus takes, my elbow kisses hers, and I am dying a sweet, slow death.”

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Jane is unhappy.

A struggling midlist writer whose novels barely command four figures, she feels trapped in an underwhelming marriage, just scraping by to pay a crippling Bay Area mortgage for a house–a life–she’s never really wanted.

There’s only ever been one person she cared about, one person who truly understood her: Thalia. Jane’s best and only friend nearly a decade ago during their Creative Writing days at Oxford. It was the only good year of Jane’s life–cobblestones and books and damp English air, heady wine and sweet cider and Thalia, endless Thalia. But then one night ruined everything. The blood-soaked night that should have bound Thalia to Jane forever but instead made her lose her completely. Thalia disappeared without a trace, and Jane has been unable to find her since.

Until now.

Because there she is, her name at the top of the New York Times bestseller list: A Most Pleasant Death by Thalia Ashcroft. When she discovers a post from Thalia on her website about attending a book convention in New York City in a week–“Can’t wait to see you there!”–Jane can’t wait either.

She’ll go to New York City, too, credit card bill be damned. And this time, she will do things right. Jane won’t lose Thalia again.

Like many, I first became acquainted with Jesse’s writing when Dial A For Aunties was released, and I fell in Love. Capital L. There is something really unique about her voice that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve read all the Aunty series and Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers and I Love them all. So when I got the chance to read I’m Not Done With You Yet, I devoured it. 

When I say devoured, I really mean it. I got myself all set up in a comfy spot with a blanket and several drink options. I knew once I opened the cover, I was unlikely to move for a very long time. I was right. I read the whole book in a day and what a journey it was!

For fans of the Aunties, be warned this is a very different style of book. This is a dark, psychological thriller with Single White Female vibes. Did I just date myself? Does anyone remember that movie? I will admit, the psychological thriller is not my favourite of the thriller subgenres and ordinarily, I wouldn’t choose this book. I was in simply because Jesse wrote it.

I think the big reason I don’t normally read this type of thriller is because I need someone to cheer for. Even if the main characters are imperfect or morally gray, I want to find something redeeming in at least one of them. I didn’t find that in this book. All of the characters are awful humans. Even so, I thought Jesse did a great job of constructing each of them. It’s well done; just not my thing. I am confident that lots of readers will love every salacious detail of Jane and Thalia’s story.

The plot is next to impossible to talk about without giving something away so I’ll just say the book is well constructed with plenty of shocking twists and turns. Even though this isn’t my favourite subgenre, I enjoyed the ride. It’s the kind of book that will have you furiously turning the pages until the end. You can’t put it down.

I’m Not Done With You Yet is a satisfying thriller from a talented writer.

Thank you, Berkeley for sending us a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.