** advanced copy received from publisher **
Author : K.L. Slater
Title : The Mistake
Pages : 269
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : October 4, 2017
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.
Sixteen years ago, Rose’s eight-year-old brother Billy went missing. His body was found two days later. After all this time, Rose still blames herself for his death and her failure to protect him. Someone was ultimately convicted of Billy’s murder but was it the right person? Rose thought she knew the truth but when she finds something in her neighbour’s house, doubts creep in and her world is turned upside down once again.
As always, there’s something quite delightful about never knowing who to believe or trust. I had an inkling about what had happened to Billy sixteen years ago but when things were finally revealed, they still felt like a royal punch to the stomach.
I felt for Rose immensely. One mistake at a young age had such devastating consequences. She desperately tries to cope and deal with loss, grief and guilt in any way she can in a world that has made her so unbelievably scared. And yet, she somehow digs deep and finds the determination to finally know the truth about her brother’s death. Even if it means facing her worst nightmare.
Chapters switch between the present and the past, giving the reader an excellent and quite heartbreaking background story on why Rose is who she is as the author explores the effects of a controlling relationship. I found those particular chapters quite hard to read at times, especially as we were dealing with a rather naive and innocent eighteen year old who didn’t know any better.
While I felt The Mistake started off a tad slowly at first, the relatively short chapters made me flip the pages so quickly, I soon found myself utterly engrossed and the level of suspense made it unable for me to put this book down. Just like in her previous books, the author sure knows how to hook a reader from the very first page and keep them gripped as the tension and the pace builds up.
K.L. Slater has been on my list of must-read authors since Safe With Me and firmly remains there as she once again delivers an excellent psychological thriller with complicated characters and a compelling plot. I look forward to whatever she comes up with next.
Many thanks to Kim Nash and Bookouture for the opportunity to join the tour and my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly!
The Mistake is available now!
After years of trying to get published and never getting further than the slush pile, I went back to university at the age of 40 where I studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.
Although I also worked full-time during the five years I studied at university, the courses gave me the time and space to try different writing and increased my confidence and belief in my writing. Before I graduated from my MA, I had secured representation with my agent, Clare Wallace, at the Darley Anderson Literacy, TV and Film Agency and had my first book deal.
My first adult psychological thriller for Bookouture is called ‘Safe with Me’ and it actually started life as my dissertation on my English & Creative Writing degree.
The creepy voice of Anna came to me strong and insistent . . . she wanted to be written, she wouldn’t go away.
I live in Nottingham with my husband, Mac. Between us we have three grown-up kids; my daughter, Francesca and Mac’s sons Nathan and Jake.
I also write multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.