You think you know the truth about the people you love.
But one discovery can change everything…
Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead.
Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?
Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.
Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…
The Mistake is a completely gripping thriller that will keep you up all night, from the top ten bestselling author of Blink, Liar and Safe with Me. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
What I love about this authors books is that she draws you into the story within the first few pages and holds you there, right up until the very last page and word.
Rose is someone who has been dealt a bad hand in life. From events when she was younger surrounding the death of her brother Billy, she basically just exists from day to day. As a book lover, working in a library would be a wonderful job. For Rose it’s her only highlight of each day and she constantly finds things to do so that she runs well past home time before having to leave work for the day and return home. I thought it was very sad that someone would not be able to let go of the past and basically be a prisoner in their own home and head.
The story flicks between present day and back to Rose as a teenager building up to her brothers death. The book description didn’t prepare me for one of the horrible characters in this novel who I grew to loath the more I read of them. You just know when you meet them that all is not quite right. As a typical teenager though, Rose knows better and doesn’t listen to anyone or even the alarm bells in her own head.
There is quite a big age gap between Billy and Rose but I loved the brotherly and sisterly love between the both. Even though there isn’t many chapters with them both in together, the love that Rose feels for her brother, really does shine through and found myself quite a few times with a lump in my throat.
The Mistake is shrouded with suspense that took a direction that I did not see coming. Hooked from beginning to end, this is certainly a book that swallows you up and spits you out at the end when it’s done with you. Yet another great read from one of my must read authors.
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Mistake is available to purchase from Amazon.