You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything… Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down. Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…
I had previously really enjoyed K.L. Slater’s Safe With Me and looked forward to this. Overall I did enjoy the book, but the early set-up is so similar to the earlier book that I was initially a bit frustrated: you have a very introspective, semi-self-imposed-loner female lead, with her own history of family problems and demons, pressures at work and very specific routines and habits, who regularly helps her elderly/infirm neighbour.
Obviously the plot is different, and it progressed well and the story is well-written. I did want to see what happened and I didn’t guess the ending (I thought I had, but no!) I didn’t particularly enjoy the chapters covering the manipulations of Gareth: they felt like they almost belonged to a different book, a soap or a melodrama, and the developments in their relationship seemed a bit predictable so you were just waiting for the expected outcome. It’s quite a bleak book in places, but I did warm to Rose. I enjoyed the mystery and I liked the ending.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of The Mistake. 3.5/5.