Her Greatest Mistake by Sarah Simpson #bookreview #thriller

Title: Her Greatest Mistake

Author: Sarah Simpson

Publisher: Aria

Publication Date: April 1, 2018

Page Count: 301

My rating:   2 stars

About the book:


Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage… which has become the perfect lie. Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg – instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she’s least expecting it, he will find them…

What was Eve’s greatest mistake?

Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive…?

HER GREATEST MISTAKE is the gripping debut which will keep you guessing until the very last page. B.A. Paris meets Liane Moriarty in this electrifying thriller.

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Her Greatest Mistake by Sarah Simpson is a debut psychological thriller which I picked up when I saw it compared to B.A. Paris who I’ve actually loved the books I’ve read. Unfortunately taking a chance on this new author didn’t quite work out as well as I had hoped it would.

The story in here is one that is familiar and very dark. Eve and Gregg are a married couple that from the outside seem to be absolutely perfect but what we all know is that looks can be deceiving. Eve finds that Gregg has a dark side and fears for not only her own life but that of her young son, Jack.

As soon as I started this one I knew I was going to end up having issues with it, not the story inside although I’m sure it is an obvious trigger warning for some. Instead it was the style in which the author writes that I wasn’t a fan of. I knew right away this one was on the wordy/overly descriptive side that I find a bit tedious to wade through although I’m sure others would love it more than the more straight forward style I prefer.

What really sealed the deal in this one not grabbing me at all though was also in how the story is told. We begin with a short eerie prologue to gain interest which wasn’t too bad but then come the chapters that jump all around. The sections include one week after, Cornwall 2016, the before (going further into their past) and a current time. Toss this jumping around time wise into what was already slow moving for me and it really just wasn’t my cup of tea at all unfortunately. If this one sounds good to you though I’d certainly suggest giving it a try as I know some will love it.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author: 

Her Greatest Mistake, is Sarah’s debut psychological thriller available from the 1st of April, 2018.

Always a deep thinking child, she supposed that one day – she’d become a writer. So many hours consumed by reading, lost in the fantasy worlds of Enid Blyton, and writing fantasy stories of her own. Always a people watcher, wondering what is ensuing behind the eyes. But as is often the case, life gripped her hand, and led her along a completely different path. She graduated first with a business degree and then with a psychology degree. After completing post-graduate studies, she worked as a therapist within the varied field of mental health. This path has gifted her an invaluable understanding of life and of people. Now a writer; she could never have been without these experiences.

She wanted to write about life and as with her debut novel, Her Greatest Mistake – perhaps travel the darker aspects of life and relationships.

Her Greatest Mistake is a story of life, and how it can so easily take a wrong turn, and twist and spin in a nightmare fashion. It is told through the eyes of the main female protagonist, Eve, who is a psychologist. It explores how, it is not always what we see, what we know but more perhaps – what we don’t see and what maybe we don’t know. The readers journey with Eve, will involve moments of sadness, darkness, happiness, guilt, hate, fear but above all love. The story also reflects on the relationship between truth and lies and how really, there is very little absolute truth, only ever perspective. A perspective couloured by life and personal experiences in a moment of time.

When writing, Sarah is able to temporarily evaporate into another world, completely losing herself to the imagination. She becomes so engulfed by the story, hours slip away in the guise of minutes and the environment fades somewhere in to the distance. Even when she’s not writing, Sarah is never far removed from the evolving story of her characters, and the wonderings of their motives.

Sarah now lives in Cornwall with her husband and three children, german shepherd and cat.

Sarah’s second novel will be released later this year.


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