The Mistake I Made is the latest page-turner from one of the England’s most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel, Paula Daly focuses her masterful eye for psychological suspense and family drama on an indecent proposal that has fatal repercussions.
Single mother Roz has a reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she’s struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.
When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?
I’ve read a few books by this author now which I have enjoyed all of them but personally I think The Mistake I Made is one of the authors best books so far.
To me The Mistake I Made did bring to mind two films that I have previously seen, Indecent Proposal and Fatal Attraction, which I both loved.
Roz is a great female lead character, unfortunately for her she has got herself into a financial mess and can see no way out of it. Being a single parent certainly is not easy especially when the father isn’t giving Roz a penny to help provide for their little boy, George.
After bailiffs call at the house and practically empty it of all furniture and a letter from her landlord giving her an eviction notice, Roz finds herself in a desperate situation with no one and no where to turn, so when Scott, her sisters friend’s husband comes up with a proposal which will benefit Roz financially she feels she has no choice but to accept.
The Mistake I made is a edge of your seat read that had me hooked from the start. As with the film Indecent Proposal, this book also makes you think about what you would do if you were offered money that could change your life in exchange for sex. In Roz’s situation though she is desperate just to be able to provide some stability for her son George and as a parent it does make you think how far you would go just to provide a decent enough lifestyle for your child.
There are certainly a few surprises in store for the reader in this book and even though parts were quite obvious it still made for a really enjoyable read.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
The Mistake I made is available to purchase from the 27th of August, you can pre order a copy from Amazon