Sixteen years ago Rose’s eight year old brother Billy went missing and after two days of the town searching his body was unfortunately found. Rose has never gotten over the loss of her brother, she loved him with all her heart and blamed herself for not protecting Billy that day he disappeared. Now she forces herself through the motions of living her life each day but her heart still aches for Billy.
Back when Billy was found all the signs in the investigation pointed to one man as Billy’s murderer. That man was Rose’s boyfriend at the time of the disappearance and he has spent the last sixteen years behind bars for the crime. However, when Rose checks in on her elderly neighbor and finds he needs to go to the hospital she decides to help him out by cleaning his home where Rose runs into something that makes her wonder if the police captured the right man all those years ago.
The Mistake by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller that is told by alternating the story between Rose in the current time and telling what happened sixteen years before when her brother had disappeared. The alternating timelines was extremely easy to follow along with in this book being clearly marked as to which you are reading. Being the second book I’ve read by K.L. Slater I was expecting the writing to be good in this one and was happy to see when I was correct.
The one thing that brought this one down a bit for me as a reader was I had a bit of trouble connecting with Rose as a character. She’s definitely one that you would call flawed as she battles daily still torn with what happened in the past but when flashing back I would have expected a happier more appealing side of her but she still seemed very timid and awkward even then. Even without connecting very well to her though I still found this a solid read and enjoyed the story held within but in the end I’d probably rate this one at 3.5 stars since my disconnect with Rose didn’t have me quite as hooked into this one as I would have liked.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.