The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

"I can see her lips moving and hear a muffled sound, but I can't even begin to compute what she's saying. My head fills up with a hotness that feels like it's trapped, with no way out. I need air to breathe, but I panic that I can't take it in quickly enough." (loc. 2093, uncorrected proof)



First, I would like to thank Netgalley and Minotaur Books for providing me with a free Kindle ARC edition of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

When I started reading this book, I was concurrently reading another novel with a similar beginning, so I had to set this one aside in order to prevent confusion. The book is broken up into three parts. Part I was mildly interesting as Alice begins to suspect her second husband of cheating, whilst continuing to struggle with the grief of her first husband's death almost a decade ago.

In Part II, the book changes from Alice's narration to that of another character. I do not want to spoil anything for anyone, so I won't even mention this character's name (don't peek!). This was my FAVORITE part of the book! I was so obsessed with these characters that I couldn't put the book down and stayed up until my boyfriend got up and started getting ready for work! o.O There are two words for this section: ultimate betrayal!

Part III brings everything together. I had already figured out how this book would end in Part I, but reading Part II made me question everything I suspected. I felt that the conclusion of the book was rushed and that the Epilogue was so short that it could have been omitted.

Nonetheless, this book became unputdownable at the conclusion of Part I and I stayed up all night to finish it. This book will have you loving the characters you hate and hating the characters you love!

#netgalley #thefirstmistake

Audience: Adult
Recommended for fans of: thriller, domestic-thriller, suspense
Trigger warnings: death, alcohol-dependency

Publisher's Synopsis:

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.



©Minotaur Books: June 11, 2019
Edition: Kindle ARC

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