The Mistake: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

The Mistake: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

by K. L. Slater


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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…

The Mistake is a completely gripping thriller that will keep you up all night, from the top ten bestselling author of Blink, Liar and Safe with Me. Perfect for fans of Gone Girland The Girl on the Train.

What readers are saying about The Mistake:

‘WOW! What an incredible book… A roller coaster of a ride.My first book by this author but it won't be my last.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘K L Slater has written another amazing book that kept me guessing right until the very end. Then shocked me with the end of the book.’ We’ve Licked That Book Blog, 5 stars

The Mistake is one of my favourite books this year… Written so well - 5 STARS! RECOMMEND! You won't know who dunnit till the end!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Will keep you guessing until the very last page. If you think you know, you probably don't… Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller with suspense and mystery!’Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

K. L. Slater is such a tremendous author… She writes psychological thrillers with a sure hand, deftly defined characters that you won't forget easily, and a story premise second to none.’ Strong Book Reviews, 5 stars

This ingeniously constructed thriller will keep you page turning all the way through to the unexpected and gripping finale.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786812445
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 10/04/2017
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 175,410
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.66(d)

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The Mistake: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Thebooktrail-com More than 1 year ago
Great premise for a thriller and mystery but oh my goodness this is sad! Of course it’s going to be tragic with the death of a young boy, but this went deeper. the back story of Rose and her suffering on so many levels….well I was a wreck. It’s a hard read because of this for me. Good, don’t get me wrong, but as she grew up, and then we see her living with the ghosts of the past…well she’s one of these ghosts. I had to keep going to see what played out and who was ultimately responsible for the death of Billy though. I have to say that the setting for this crime was ideal in the sense that the village was real and that it had very real history and heritage and a very small library which dials up the creepy factor and the small town way of living and thinking that can sometimes result. The nice light touch of the novel was how Rose looked after the books and chose titles and arranged them on the shelves but then even that was tinged with chills.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
This is a dark, depressing, and sad read. Aspects of small town unemployment, stalking, anorexia, dominance and the guilt that is never overcome when a family member is murdered. Rose is duped into a love affair with a controlling man who alienates her away from her family and friends. Slater sets up chapters titled sixteen years earlier or sixteen years later. Just a back and forth visual of Rose who resides in a abusive family and the trauma that leads her to the present after the murder of her young brother Billy. It was just unbelievable the actions of main character Rose. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via NetGalley with no requirement for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
You know as soon as you begin a book by Kim Slater you are in for a bumpy ride with your emotions in free-fall. She is the queen of tense, gritty thrillers. Rose and Billy are siblings who adore one another despite Rose being quite a lot older, she is very protective of him. One dreadful day Billy disappears while out playing .. what follows shows what a traumatic life Rose has had. The story is told in past and present so we find out all about the life Rose has endured growing up, the people she was involved with spanning sixteen years. Flitting between the two time frames was a useful way to retain the info and form a clear image in my mind. She certainly has some issues, the conniving, manipulative, obnoxious git called Gareth who she was in a relationship with is jailed for the murder of Billy. I can’t begin to tell you politely what I thought of him! Some of the situations make for difficult reading and I would put a *trigger* warning in for any domestic abuse. None of it is gratuitous but may be unsuitable for some readers. But what if they have the wrong man? Rose spends a lot of time caring for her neighbour when he is taken ill she discovers something in his home that calls into question her whole past. So many possibilities confront her but will she find the truth? This brilliant story explores the dynamics between family, friends, love and loss. And primarily trust. I was rooting for Rose to get herself into a position where her life was her own. The Mistake had me flying through the pages to reach the conclusion and what a smugly satisfying ending it was. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then this is a must read to add to your list. My thanks the the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
Told in alternating chapters, the story about Rose and Gareth enfolds in the past and present. In present day Rose is a woman filled with anxiety and barely able to kep up posing a normal life. The death of her brother Billy is brought up again, after 16 years, when her elderly neighbor Ronnie fells ill and Rose makes a discovery, that makes her questioning everything she thought she knew about the past. Roses past is a very well written description how easy it is to get into a controlling relationship, given the right circumstances. Getting isolated from family and friends, manipulated and brainwashed. Rose is the perfect victim, she feels lonely, misunderstood and desperately wants to be loved. As the story progresses you can feel the urge to grab Rose, shaking her and scream at her. Ask her to stop being so naiv, to open her eyes and see Gareth for who he is, before it’s too late. But Gareth is sophisticated, smart and, like a real sociopath, he doesn’t show his hands before Rose has no other chance then to do exactly like she’s told. I loved this book and had a great time reading it. Especially the ending was very satisfying. I did a little joyful dance, seeing, how Gareth lost control and Rose finally could go on with her life. Highly recommended psychological thriller! I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture!
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
I've read and very much enjoyed two of the author's other books - "Safe With Me" and "Liar" - so I was especially delighted to get my mitts on this one as well. All are rightly dubbed "psychological thrillers," and that alone is enough to get my attention. I do admit, however, that no matter how much I understand the hows and whys, relating to women who don't, won't or can't stand up for themselves just doesn't come naturally to me. It is, then, a testament to the author's outstanding writing skills that I not only finished the book with nary a single, "C'mon, woman, get your act together and hit the road," but completed it in two sittings just because I was so reluctant to put it down. The woman in question is Rose Tinsley, whose younger brother Billy was murdered 16 years earlier. Because he'd been with her the day he chased a kite into the woods and never came out, she has blamed herself for his death. She works in a small library in Nottinghamshire County (which based on terminology and non-American English spellings is somewhere in the United Kingdom). She lives in the family home next door to an elderly man and good friend named Ronnie; his wife and her parents are deceased, and she looks in on him every day. Also every day, she lives much like a hermit, suffering from almost debilitating paranoia and, on occasion, the return of the eating disorder she developed after Billy's death. Background on the events of 16 years earlier are revealed in flashback chapters, where it's learned that a just-ready-for-university Rose fell in with a much older man with named Gareth, with whom she thought she was in love. Appropriately, I guess, she donned Rose-colored glasses when it came to his ultra-controlling behavior; in fairly short order, she was shunned by her long-time best friend Cassie as Rose acquiesed to Gareth's demands and rationalized them to be a sign of his love for her. But one day in her present life, she returns home to find that Ronnie is in bad health. As the EMTs wheel him to the hospital, he whispers to her that she's not to go into his upstairs. As she's already demonstrated, she doesn't listen to advice from other people close to her, so of course, when she returns to tidy up his house, she can't resist heading up. When she finds a closed door, she can't resist opening it; and when she finds storage boxes there, she can't resist opening them as well. And what she finds there not only takes her breath away, but challenges everything she's believed in since her brother's murderer was tried and convicted - in part as a result of her testimony - and jailed. That discovery sends Rose on a roller-coaster ride of emotions as well as the determination to find out what really happened to her brother. Could it be that the wrong man was convicted? Could her brother have been done in by someone closer to home? Here and there, the story does get a little too melodramatic for my taste, but the nonstop action - and the twists and turns - are enough to reel me back into the story until the surprising conclusion. My conclusion? Another winner. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the advance digital copy of THE MISTAKE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. Sixteen years ago, Rose made a mistake. She fell in love with a man who really wasn't the best choice for any woman, especially a young virginal teenager. Things seemed to happen to the people around her ... her friends, her family, her brother. Her friend was assaulted one night by a masked man ... a man who had declared to Rose that the friend would pay for trying to break them up. She eventually committed suicide without ever having spoken to Rose again. Her then 8-year-old brother went missing. He was grabbed in the bushes and smothered to death. Rose has always felt guilty about his death ... about bringing this human monster into all their lives. But Rose has found something .... and what she found will change her entire life and everything she ever believed. K. L. Slater is such a tremendous author. This isn't my first book by her and it certainly won't be the last. She writes psychological thrillers with a sure hand, deftly defined characters that you won't forget easily, and a story premise second to none.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.