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- File Size: 1771.0 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (4 Oct. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073RWKQ5J
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 314 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Mistake: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist Kindle Edition
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Plods along at snail's pace, jumping back and forth between 'then' and 'now' at inopportune and irritating points, hinting constantly at the big reveal, which ends up being thoroughly underwhelming. By 34% of my way through on the Kindle, I was thinking 'for goodness sake, get on with it' and started speed reading to get through it.
Rose is a simpering, hand-wringing twit who I really didn't care about, the villain a cliché of 'vice-like grip' and sneers. An unlikeable character was introduced for no apparent reason other than an obvious attempt to point the finger, the related 'twist' a pointless clunker that made Rose's dithering indecisiveness for the excruciating first half of the book even more frustrating.
I don't think the 5-star reviews are from anyone who has ever read a well-written, cleverly thought-out psychological crime thriller with a twist that genuinely blows your socks off - this is quite the contrary, a limp, adolescent drudgery to avoid.
Rose is a the very epitome of the mild mannered librarian. You know from the very beginning that something bad has happened in her life, something beyond the tragic death of her younger brother for which she feels ultimately responsible. Something which has made her nervous and overly suspicious of people around her. She struggles with anxiety and has a very small world in which she safely exists. Part of that world, her precious library, is under threat, something which only adds to her feeling of unease. But when she discovers something unexpected in the home of her neighbour and close family friend, her whole past is thrown into doubt and everything she thought she knew is now in question.
From the start of the book I was invested in Rose. I wanted to know more about her, to find out what it was that had made her so scared. It had to be more than the death of young Billy, as tragic as that was, and there were certainly hints dropped throughout of there being more to the situation than we knew. As the story developed it became clear where the tale was leading, but this didn’t stop if being compelling and if anything made me more determined to read on, willing Rose to open her eyes to the danger she was in. It was obvious to everyone else but her, especially the reader, but this just added an element of authenticity to the story.
As for Billy’s tragic story, it is clear from the outset what has happened, and that the suspect in his death is a man, someone Billy and the family both know. What follows is a gradual uncovering of suspects, any one of which could have reason to have hurt him, be it maliciously or otherwise. Everyone, from Rose and Billy’s father, to Rose’s boyfriend Gareth, even their next door neighbour, could be suspected of hurting Billy, but do they have the motive or the opportunity?
This is a difficult story to tell, one of domestic violence and control. KL Slater carefully explores the subject of emotional control and manipulation, making Rose a very sympathetic subject. Yes she is young and naive, but it is not simply this which makes her a suitable target. However, the big mistake she makes as a teenager has such far reaching repercussions for all of them that nobody could have foreseen at the start. None of it is played for shock factor, the reader being kept somewhat sheltered from some of the more unpleasant parts of the story. But you are still drawn in, still emotionally manipulated just as Rose was, being taken from shocked to angry to frustrated in the blink of an eye.
And how do I describe Gareth? Well, think of every depiction of a emotional abuser and you have this man right there. Charming when needed, he slowly isolates Rose from her family and friends until the point that emotional control is no longer enough. As a reader I just wanted to scream at my kindle, so frustrated by how blind Rose was to the truth. But then this is how someone like Gareth gains and maintains the control. They say that if something seems to good to be true, it probably is. That… That right there. That is this man, a loathsome character who from the very off makes the skin begin to crawl, he is so well written. Urgh. The thought of him still makes me shudder. Slime. Total and utter slime.
Did I have an inkling of what the absolute truth of this story would be? I’d be lying if I said that I was completely blindsided. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the journey that the author takes us on as I really and truly did. And the ending… It is a two fold thing with Rose seeing complete resolution to all of the questions she has left to answer about Billy, as well as closure on a very traumatic part of her past. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. And boy was it. That part really did make me smile
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