Book Title: The Mistake
Author: K.L. Slater
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Fiction
Pub Date: 10/04/17
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 neighbor 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 neighbor. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…
I love this type of book, the one where the mystery aspect of the plot isn’t really the focal point, but the tension, thrills, and chills are what takes the front seat! This was actually my first read by Slater; I’ve been meaning to pick up her books for the past year but my schedule hadn’t allowed me to participate in the blog tours until now. I had every confidence that I would enjoy this book, as I enjoy all of the books I receive from Bookouture, but this one exceeded my expectations! Sometimes you pick up a book and all you really want is for it to be enjoyable, and enjoyable this was, but it was enjoyable due to the fact it was engaging, thrilling, and exciting.
I’ll admit, I almost didn’t pick this up due to the fact that the premise of the story is based on the body of a young boy, Rose’s brother, being found. I’ve had a hard time reading books relating to violence of children these days with two young children at home, but this one was relatively easy to stomach and the focus is more on the revealing of what really was the cause behind Billy’s disappearance than focusing on the graphic details of his death. The characters were well done and Rose was a flawed, sometimes unlikable character, which was a nice touch being able to witness her awkward quirks and brokenness in the aftermath of a tragic childhood experience.
If you enjoy a fast paced plot with exciting twists and turns, you should definitely check out The Mistake. I can see now why people have been raving about Slater’s books; they have a classic feel while adding a twist of her own that really drew me in! I’m not sure which of her books I should go back and start with first; any suggestions from fellow fans? Regardless, I don’t think I can go wrong and look forward to immersing myself in more of her glorious stories!
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.
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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.