Published by Black Swan/Transworld
Ebook: 23 February 2017 | Paperback: 15 June 2017
approx 416 pages
Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.
When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.
But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .
I’m delighted to be wrapping up the blog tour for One Little Mistake and to share my review.
I suspect that every one of us has at some time made a mistake or error of judgement on the spur of the moment. I know I have, but thankfully it hasn’t (yet) come back to bite me on the backside, unlike our main character here, Vicky Seagrave.
To outsiders, Vicky has a wonderful life. Married to Tom with three young children, she has a lovely home, a loving marriage and a successful career as a teacher. However, no matter how much we have, there is sometimes that feeling that maybe there is something more…something better or more exciting?
Actually Vicky makes more than one mistake in this story however every single mistake has repercussions in some way.
The story is told in two timelines of 1992 and 2010, but the friendship between Amber and Vicky is the focus of this story. Going back to 1992, we learn of a 10 year old girl called Katya – having to adjust to living with foster parents after losing her feckless mother. Katya’s story was a sad one although it was quite clear to me from early on how this strand connected, however much more is learnt later on which I hadn’t guessed. Alternating with these chapters but set in 2010, best friends Vicky and Amber are each struggling with their own lives for different reasons but all it takes is one action to set off what will form a catastrophic chain of events.
This is Emma Curtis’ debut thriller and I was hooked from the first page. It really is one of those books that you want to keep reading although at times I was a bit scared to read on for fear of what would happen next – it’s not a violent book but just the sheer vindictiveness of some actions made me shudder. Nobody is perfect here but the characters’ flaws and weaknesses are what makes the story so compelling and the manipulation involved was off the scale. There was one character that I disliked intensely, actually no, scrap that, I HATED them with a passion. I became so involved in the story that I think I could have committed murder – and if an author can make me feel anything but indifference for a fictional character, then I consider that they have done their job well.
Bravo Emma Curtis. One Little Mistake is an intriguing and totally engrossing read and just the type of thriller I enjoy reading. It should be a lesson to us all on how much trust we should place in others!
My thanks to Rosie and the publisher for the paperback copy to review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
About the author:
Emma Curtis was born in Brighton and brought up in London. Her fascination with the darker side of domestic life inspired her to write One Little Mistake, her first psychological suspense. She has two children and lives in Richmond with her husband.