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- 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: 367 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #659 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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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
After sixteen agonizing years and Rose still blames herself for her little brother’s death. During the investigation, all signs and evidence pointed to one man, Gareth, Rose’s boyfriend at the time, who has spent the last sixteen years behind bars. Now Rose leads a pretty solitary life. She works as a Librarian, helps care for her elderly neighbour and spends too much time anxiously looking over her shoulder. When elderly neighbour Ronnie is rushed to hospital he tells Rose not to go upstairs under any circumstances. A couple of days later she goes upstairs to clean the place before Ronnie is discharged home, and finds Billy’s blanket in a cardboard box in the spare room. Rose was always sure of Gareth’s guilt. After all this time, was Ronnie responsible for Billy’s death?
Told in alternating timelines from Rose’s point of view, one is present day, the other starts around the time of Billy’s murder and carries on from then. The reader is taken on a journey through Rose’s life and the difficulties she’s faced since losing her brother like eating disorders, unemployment, domestic abuse and the ultimate survivor guilt that just won’t go away.
K.L. Slater has so cleverly planned and carefully executed the relationship between Rose and Gareth, delicately showing piece by piece how he carefully selected a young vulnerable woman, essentially groomed her, before engulfing her in his manipulation and becoming in complete control of every move she makes.
The Mistake is majorly character driven and the author expertly creates a realistic, naive and flawed protagonist here in Rose and creates a very scary and unsettling situation for her with her relationship with Gareth. I was able to connect easily with Rose who even as an adult sometimes felt like a child.
The description and my summary of the plot really don’t give anything away. You think you know where things are leading when all of a sudden there has been a curveball thrown, and it leaves your head spinning in all directions. The plot has been so well thought out, planned, seeds of doubt sewn, red herrings left all over the place for the reader to decide what’s relevant and what’s not. Who is “The Mistake”? Your violent ex-boyfriend rotting in jail, your frail elderly neighbour who has been hiding your dead brother’s scarf, or someone else entirely?
The Mistake is more of a Mystery Suspense than a thriller but has all the perfect components to keep you enthralled till that surprise killer ending.
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