You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

You Were Made for This

A gripping page-turner for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and THE PERFECT NANNY, Michelle Sacks's You Were Made For This provocatively explores the darkest sides of marriage, motherhood, and friendship.Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as ...

Details You Were Made for This

TitleYou Were Made for This
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreThriller, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

Reviews You Were Made for This

  • Kendall
    Oh my GAWD... what a crazy ride this was!! I LOVED IT!!!! Michelle Sacks delivers a stunning debut filled with lies, sex, jealously, greed, and suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat. BUCKLE UP.. this is a definitely a ride that you want to experience. There were so many things that I loved about this book. Multiple POV's from our three main characters: Mary, Frank, and Sam. Let's meet Sam and Mary. They appear to be a loving and h...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    4.5 STARSWhen Sam inherits a cottage in the Sweden countryside, he and his wife, Merry, pack up their hectic lives in NYC and begin a brand new life in an cold, isolated country with their infant baby.In Sweden, they are the very picture of domestic contentment. Merry gardens and bakes with a fervor that would put Martha Stewart to shame. Sam begins working at his dream career as a film documentarian. Their adorable baby is a fat little cherub, a...
  • sue
    Merry, Sam and their baby, Connor. A perfect little family in the perfect little setting. Sam who has the perfect little wife, Merry bakes blueberry pies, cooks well, cleans and sees to the garden.The Mother who loves and adores her baby. Sam who wanted nothing else but to have a homely wife and a child of his own in the most idyllic of settings.They have it all. But is Merry all that she appears to be?Then along comes Frank, she is a long standi...
  • Shannon
    Thanks to Little Brown and Company for sending me You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks. Wow, that was something wild! Pretty disturbing if you ask me which of course I am fan of. As for my review, I won’t be saying too much to avoid spoilers *BUT* I will say there is a possible trigger within the story. Your Were Made for This is told in three different POVS. We hear from Merry, Sam and Frank. Merry and Sam have recently moved to Sweden fro...
  • Paromjit
    Michelle Sacks writes an intense claustrophobic and harrowing psychological thriller that treads disturbing and sickening territory with protagonists that have little in the way of redeeming qualities. New York university professor, Sam, is married to set decorator, Merry, with a infant son, Connor. Sam comes into an inheritance, a remote cottage in a rural part of Sweden. They move from their frenetic and busy lives in Manhattan to Sweden, shedd...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Another heart-pounding psychological thriller told in multiple point-of-views (my favorite!). You Were Made for This starts out with a couple and their young baby who have recently moved to Sweden from Manhattan and mentions an old friend of the wife Merry's, a girl named Frank. We soon learn Frank will be coming to visit and the friendship might not be as rosy as it seems. At the risk of spoiling the fun, I'm not going to offer more plot points,...
  • Roman Clodia
    I thought I'd reached saturation point with twisty domestic noire thrillers told through a series of revolving first-person narrators but this book persuaded me back and had me racing through to the end. While the premise is different, there's quite a strong Gone Girl vibe about this: the marriage-under-a-microscope, the toxic relationships, the twisted characters. Sacks is smart about socially-prescribed gender roles ('devoted and all-nurturing ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    You Were Made For This is a beautifully written, utterly riveting and genuinely disturbing novel that ate up my morning.Merry and Sam live an idyllic life in Sweden – but even the brightest lives hide the darkest secrets. When Merry’s best friend Frank comes to stay she sets off a series of events that lead to tragedy…You Were Made For This is extremely absorbing – the author paints a picture with words, the sense of place is palpable and...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Find my full review here: is the kind of book that’s bound to spark some very divided opinions. YOU WERE MADE FOR THIS features a cast of totally unlikeable characters - reading this book felt, to me, a bit like watching a train wreck that you just can’t look away from. I ended up enjoying this one a lot, but it won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure!!
  • Obsidian
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not impact my rating or review.Huge sigh. This book was a mess. At first I was momentarily intrigued because the book seemed to be setting up things with the husband in this story (Sam) to be sinister. All of his rules for mothers/wives seemed to be playing that way. But then you get further into the book, and when Merry's "best friend" Frank comes to visit, the book just goes freaking...
  • Catherine Eve
    What a ride! Harrowing. Disturbing. 3.5 stars for a book that I could hardly put down. I enjoyed the sec, straightforward prose that stands in sharp contrast to the twisted lines of thought the three main characters in this almost-chamber drama indulge in, and the web of lies they all help spinning.Yet, the warped psyches of the whole cast of characters do raise some pivotal questions that are only answered in fragments and allusions. I particula...
  • Charlotte
    This is a GoodReads giveaway win.Merry seems to have it all. She has a loving husband, Sam, she has a healthy, adorable little boy, Connor. They moved to Sweden because they were looking for a "new beginning" and Sam's step mom left them that house in her will. Sam and Merry learned to grow a garden. Merry learned to bake, cook, can, make her own baby food. The family looked like they were happy and thriving to there only neighbors. Merry's best ...
  • OutlawPoet
    This is quite a horrifying story. There were only two characters that I didn’t completely hate – one was a baby, the other a neighbor woman. Everyone else was simply loathsome.The author is very skilled at parceling out little nuggets of horrifying truth, slowly but surely building characters and a plot that leave you feeling both horrified and somewhat unclean. And, oh, the ending… Let’s just say I would happily take a couple of characte...
  • Ryan Lovett
    I am conflicted about this book—it was compelling in the sense that it has a page-turner quality to it. I wanted to know what happened next, but I had to sort of shut off the critical thinking part of my brain in order to keep reading. The characters all hate each other and they are all such bad people. There are allusions to the backstory which would potentially explain some of their actions, but that never really builds to anything meaningful...
  • ZOEY
    review coming soon!
  • Joodith
    Sam and Merry move from the USA to an isolated island in Sweden after he inherits a house from his grandmother. Life is idyllic, especially after their baby son Conor is born. Well, Sam sees it that way, it's just a shame Merry doesn't have one atom of maternal instinct and can't even address or refer to Conor by name. She has, however, thrown herself into all other aspects of housewifeliness – growing and preserving fruit and vegetables, prepa...
  • Sara Oxton
    You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks a thrilling four-star read. This was a difficult one to rate as the author did a great job of getting you to feel a connection with the characters in the way that she writes, you get sucked in and start to see yourself everyone’s darker sides, as we all know that no matter how idyllic life seems on the surface there are things bubbling under the surface that could ruin that life. This is such a good phyc...
  • Lynn Brown
    I should have seen the warning signs in the blurb when it said "Dark and treacherous things" but I really wasn't prepared for how disturbing this book is. It will depend on your own sense of the world and the fact that it is only a book - but for me it was a very difficult read in parts. I found myself gasping out - "no, no" so on that level the author has written a good book to invoke such reactions from me.The story begins quiet, calmly, and al...
  • Katrina
    A simple scenario. Girl meets boy, they marry, have a baby and settle into an inherited beautiful ramshackle red cottage in the woods just outside Stockholm. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for a sea change, a fresh start from their hectic Brooklyn existence. Wholesome living, a healthy baby and soon Merry's single best friend, Frank, visits to enjoy the last of an idyllic Swedish summer with her husband Sam and baby Conor. Home-baked berr...
  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    This was such a compulsively written thriller! If you like your characters despicable and your storylines twisted then you'll enjoy this one. I was totally engrossed in this book from start to finish. This isn't your typical twisty psychological thriller but rather a power game between three awful people and just like when you drive past a car wreck morbid curiosity means that you can't tear your eyes away. A brilliant read about what happens whe...
  • kellie
    A good dark thriller with a well executed ending. A must read story of lies, jealousy and evilness. I really enjoyed this book, reading from different points of view. Sam, Merry and frank, each characters give the reader a glimpse into their own views of their mixed upped world. Sam and Merry live in Sweden, moved from New York to a beautiful country, so beautifully explained I now want to go. Frank is Merry's best friend and she comes to visits ...
  • Meg
    This psychological thriller begs the question: Is the face you show the world merely a facade? This premise is the foundation for the tensions and discrepancies that build as the book moves toward its conclusion. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
  • Melissa Snow
    3.5 stars
  • Cathie
    Appeared to be inevitable. Sigh. Twisted ending.
  • Chantelle Hazelden
    Thanks to Netgalley for sending me this book to read!WOWThis book took me by surprise.I'd not heard of it or the author before but when I got an email about the novel I felt compelled to download it and I'm really glad that I did.The book is told from three points of view, Same, Merry and Frank. Now I bet you're thinking that it could get confusing but it's so well written that actually this style of writing really suited the story. As the reader...
  • Lynne
    American couple Sam and Merry move to a house in the Swedish countryside to start a new life. Fired from his previous job in New York, and with the arrival of baby Conor, Sam is trying to make amends. But old habits die hard. When Merry's closest friend Frank (Frances) comes to visit, she realises all is not as it seems. Frank witnesses Merry doing things that others, who know her less well, wouldn't notice. Events take a tragic turn and it becom...
  • Valery
    Told from alternating points of view, You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks is a dismal sort of book, a lot of negativity, unhappy people and a disturbing sense of doom. Merry and her husband Sam have moved to Sweden from the U.S., after Sam had some sort of inappropriate relationship as a professor. What seems all light and lovely on the surface, soon reveals itself as something dark and sinister, as the true character of these people comes t...
  • Douglas Osler
    The whole caste has psychological problems apart from,unusually,the detective. Sweden has become famous as a setting for murder and here is another. It is slow to start but gets much better. It is not a particularly original story line and has a disappointing ending with no conclusion to the mystery.
  • Kristy
    Wow! Definitely a psychological thriller. I couldn't read this after dark cause I live alone, haha. Also, interesting writing style. It helped me feel connected to each character. What a twisted story!! I couldn't put it down at times, purely out of awe. As the story goes on you start to really develop the characters in your mind - it is only then that you realize who is really twisted! I figured it out 3/4 of the way through but kept reading bec...
  • Emma
    I was lucky enough to win an ARC from HQ through a Facebook competition recently and I started it right away. The author has a unique writing style that is different to most books in the genre I've read recently. The sentences are short, often consisting of just a word or two and I think this works well to convey the emotion the characters are feeling; as if you are inside their heads hearing their every thought. All of the characters are flawed ...