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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Published August 2, 2019

One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Book info

  • Title One Little Mistake
  • Author Emma Curtis
  • Year 2016
  • Genres Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy. When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there's only person she trusts enough to turn to. But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you're careless with those you love, you don't deserve to keep them...

Review

A domestic thriller, this book charts a turbulent time in a family’s life, when someone they trusted turned out to be… well, a psychopath. There are a lot of interesting concepts in this book - firstly, whether to trust and how long to trust for when you start to have suspicions, whether the backstory is true or not or whether it is all in our villain’s imagination, that the protagonist is no hero and made plenty of mistakes herself.

I did have an issue with the title, because it doesn’t really matter who it relates to in the story - they all made lots of mistakes, some of them quite huge. I also felt some of the transitions between character points of view were a bit clunky, but it was never confusing and that can make a huge difference in this kind of book.

The pacing towards the end was a little weird, with a super fast resolution to Katya’s story and then dribs and drabs of the others, forward and back in time, until it ended with lots of possibility. Overall, I thought it was a strong story with a good concept and plenty of suspense, it maybe wasn’t perfectly written but it’s a great piece of storytelling.

Rating: 3 / 5

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