Title: The First Mistake
Author: Sandie Jones
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.
THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.
HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.
HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .
The first mistake could be her last.
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones is a thriller that is done in a somewhat unusual way. The book is divided into three parts with each part completely different from one another. The first part of the story is Alice in the present day, the second is Beth nine years before and then it moves onto part three returning to the present with both friends.
Alice may look like she has the perfect life on the outside but she struggles daily with her anxiety that came about when her first husband died in an accident. Alice was left alone to raise their daughter and her struggle began. Eventually though Alice met her current husband who gave her a second daughter and helped her get her life back somewhat on track.
Alice and her husband run a business together that has really taken off with Nathan on the financial/business side and Alice the creative force behind their designs. With a huge contract on the line and Nathan traveling Alice leans on her best friend, Beth, for support.
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones wasn’t a bad story overall but my biggest issue with it came mid-book with switching characters and timelines. That abrupt complete change made it feel like it started to crawl along, almost a feeling I switched books. I almost wondered if it would have felt more engaging if it had gone back and forth chapter by chapter. The last section then became a lot more engaging as it worked through the twists to tie it all up leaving me at a 3 1/2 rating.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
SANDIE JONES has worked as a freelance journalist for more than twenty years and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly, and the Daily Mail. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman was her debut novel.