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Book Review: The Mistake – K L Slater ***

Kim Slater has really carved a niche for herself in the crowded psychological thriller genre. If you enjoyed her previous novels then The Mistake will surely be on your reading list.

In a little mining village Rose and her family live a quiet life. Her art course at college fills her days and little brother Billy is an eight year old whirlwind always playing football and flying his kite.

When Billy goes missing on a day out with Rose the whole village is distraught and when his body is found two days later nothing will ever be the same again. Rose blames herself for Billy’s death and sixteen years later she is still suffering from post traumatic shock and fighting with her bulimia to create a semblance of a normal existence.

A chance discovery of Billy’s comfort blanket in the home of a trusted neighbour leaves Rose wondering what really happened to her brother. Controlling and twisted, her ex boyfriend Gareth, has just spent the last sixteen years in prison but he may not have been the guilty party.

I found Rose to be quite a weak and unlikeable character. A girl with no self confidence who allows herself to be bullied, dominated and abused. A cycle that only ends when she is rescued by her father. Subjected to psychological torture, physical abuse and emotional bullying Rose feels that she cannot speak up and still believes that she must be at fault if something is wrong. At times it is a frustrating read and it deals with some pretty uncomfortable situations. The final denouement was a complete surprise – I was convinced I knew who had done it.

Supplied by Net Galley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Oct 4 2017. 318 pages.

Categories: 3 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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