The Mistake by K.L. Slater
Published: October 2017
The Mistake by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
16 years ago, Rose had it all. She was going to college and thoroughly enjoying her newfound freedom. She had a kid brother Billy whom she adored. She had a best friend Cassie to share her dreams. She loved her little town, and although they were having a bit of a rough time since the mine closed, she knew her parents loved her. There was even a new boy in her life, well I guess a man, as he was a bit older.
Then things started to fall apart. She lost it all. The final straw came when 8-year old Billy went missing while Rose and he were out flying his kite. All the heartache that came before could not even compare to the loss of Billy.
Rose had made one mistake. She trusted the wrong person.
Rose never fully recovered from the events of that year. 16 years later, she has internal scars that may never heal, and although she is no longer bulimic, she is always close to the edge. Her parents have passed away, and she is still living in the house. She is the Head Librarian for their little town, with no desire to leave. Truth be told, her fears may have something to do with her lifestyle. She likes routine, her small group of acquaintances, and her elderly neighbour Ronnie, who she keeps an eye on.
But Rose has never let go of Billy. She has never let go of the guilt she feels. When the past rears its head, Rose may not be able to hold on to her sanity. Has the wrong person been in jail for the last 16 years? She needs to know.
Told from Rose’s point of view in both the current time and 16 years ago, this story is about guilt, about the effects it can have on a person when they don’t let it go. It is also about control, and the effect that a controlling personality can have on another. How well do you really know someone?
This was a great, fast read. Really gripping. Can’t put down gripping. Although Rose was young and impressionable when the events took place, the author made you feel her naivety throughout the years. You wanted to hug her, but a lot of the time you wanted to slap her – in both her younger and current years.
Great book, highly recommend it!
Read: October 2017
Favorite Quotes from The Mistake:
“Our customers love a good mystery, a page-turner. They seem fascinated by terrifying tales or awful deeds that could quite feasibly happen to them in their own ordinary lives. But of course that’s because they are safely afraid; they can close the book at any point and keep those emotions firmly in check.”
“My mind is one hot mess of freshly released unbearable memories and I seriously don’t know how long I can stand it.”
“The feelings of inferiority had risen up back then, taken hold and never left me to this day.”
About the Author: Kim Slater went back to school at the age of 40 where she studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing. She is now a best-selling author of both psychological thrillers and YA Fiction. She lives in England with her husband Mac.