Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster Canada
About the Book:
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame. Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter.
I really enjoyed reading this one, the writing flows very well and it was a pleasure to read. The characters are well written and very likeable, apart from the ones you're not supposed to like, and easy to care about. The crime side of the novel is expertly done and the author made this part of the story very true to life. The plot sounds simple enough, but don’t let it fool you. The twists and turns that the novel throws at you are just brilliant. Even I did not see all of them coming and that is saying something. The plot is the strongest point of the novel that is complimented by the author’s language and narration style. The way she portrays settings and characters is vivid and beautiful. It makes the book almost come alive in a readers’ hands. The characters are all very vibrant. I had a love/hate relationship with the protagonist almost till the end.
I have no problem saying that this is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read, no prevarication. For sheer addictive reading and utterly compelling character arcs, a very emotional storyline and some exquisite twists and turns throughout. Added to that very human story is a terrific mystery element that keeps you avidly turning the pages to find out the truth of the matter. There is a terrific range of characters to follow along with as things become untangled and slowly but surely we are lead towards a brilliantly poignant and touching conclusion. I liked this one very much.
Thank you NetGalley, Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Canada and Heidi Perks for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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