The First Mistake Hardcover – June 11, 2019
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"Riveting . . . The twisty plot builds to a shocking conclusion. This puzzler reinforces Jones's status as a rising suspense star."―Publishers Weekly
"Jones, who showed her skill at ramping up suspense in her debut, The Other Woman (2018), surprises everyone with the revelations in her powerful climactic close, which presents Alice with a fateful choice. A provocative view of trust, placed and misplaced."―Booklist
"An addictive, page-turning thriller."―National Examiner
"All is mysterious and deceiving, all is logical... Brilliantly done, The First Mistake is a pleasure to read."―Bookreporter
"The story unveils secrets and lies you won't believe. I know what you're thinking. You've heard this before...right? Nope! Advice: Read this!"―Suspense Magazine
"[A] riveting domestic thriller that'll leave readers breathless. A novel so addicting and hypnotic that it demands to be read in one sitting. Sandie Jones proves she's one of the best writers the genre has to offer . . . and The First Mistake is a must-read for fans of Gillian Flynn, Greer Hendricks, and Shari Lapena."―The Real Book Spy
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250192028
- Dimensions : 6.26 x 1.08 x 9.55 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1250192021
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; 1st Edition (June 11, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #462,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This author has a great imagination, giving some really inventive and unique stories. I cannot deny that. This one, like her first book, it a very unique storyline. I had no clue in the beginning where it would possibly take me.
I don't want to spoil anything, so I am going to be very vague when it comes to the characters. I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first. The wife. The husband. The best friend. The supporting characters. If I am honest, by the middle of the book, I wasn't a fan of any of them. They just didn't have any real depth to them, which they need for this story.
I pretty much figured out the twist in the first few chapters. That in itself was a bit disappointing. It was blaringly obvious, so the rest of the book pretty much drug for me from there. To say I was underwhelmed would be accurate. I just, I don't have a lot of words I can share since they will spoil this book. Not that it matters since the book is spoiled pretty early on.
This is the second book this year that I read where neither the title or cover have anything to do with the book. I sat after I finished it trying to correlate the title and cover with the story inside, and I am not connecting them. That is very frustrating. A title and cover are the first thing we know about a book. If you read this one, just ignore those two things going in.
Overall, this book was not one I will be recommending all over the place. It just wasn't very interesting. It moved slow. It was written to confuse the reader and hide the fact that the twist was already given in the beginning. I was pretty disappointed in this one.
Its a clever and tense psychological mystery thriller with mysterious and hard to figure out characters.
Alice found happiness again after the death of her first husband (whose body was never found) when she married Nathan. She also has Beth as her best friend through thick and thin.
But then Nathan starts acting suspiciously and Alice relies on her best friend, but soon she realizes that she might have misplaced her trust and her world comes crashing soon after.
Who is lying, who is manipulative, and who is genuine? A thrilling ride of dread and confusion that I highly recommend.
Thanks Netgalley, Minotaur Books, and author Sandie Jones for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
This story takes the guise of a domestic story but is so much more. Two women. Both wronged by the same man. What are the chances that they will meet, become friends and so much more?
When you get that little whisper before it becomes a nudge, check it out. If it becomes a nudge, make sure it never becomes the brick in your face.
Alice suffers the death of her first husband and while grieving and vulnerable she meets a knight in shining armour, Nathan. Three months later she is pregnant.
Meanwhile, just a few months earlier, Beth meets a charmer on an internet dating site who cons her and her mother out of their life’s savings. He also leaves her pregnant.
When Alice suspects that Nathan is having an affair, Alice turns to Beth to help her find the truth. Four and a half stars.
I know, I know… anxiety is NOT a good thing… but when I’m so immersed in a story that it alone gives me the feels like I need to pop a xanax or two…? The thriller. Has done. It’s job.
Sandie Jones has managed to bring on the nervous ticks, the deep breaths, and the high-alert paranoia once again! And in the BEST way!
Alice is on husband #2 and after losing her first beloved – she finally feels like she is ready to be fully happy again. Business is great. Kids are fantastic. Beautiful house and husband… and then she meets Beth. And, well, she seems like the bestest friend one could ever want to tell all her secrets and complaints to. Until things start getting weird.
And the more weird it got, the more confused I got. I had no idea what the heck was going on at one point and I was pointing fingers at every damn character in the book. And as the best thrillers go… I pointed wrong every single time.
I loved this one. I adore Sandie Jones and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
Top reviews from other countries
The first part of the story is narrated by Alice Davies, sole owner and creative influence behind her successful AT Designs interiors company, married mother of two with a plush house and affluent lifestyle. However, Alice, has also known tragedy and after the unexpected death of her first husband, Tom, whose inheritance founded the company, she feels blessed to have met second husband, Nathan, whose love and support brought her back from the depths of depression. Although on the surface things look wonderful for Alice, she is besieged by anxiety, paranoia and low self-esteem and still dependent on antidepressants with a tendency to turn to the bottle in stressful times. She even worries that Nathan is very clearly the second man in her life, with deceased Tom on a pedestal as cherished first love. As Nathan champions a risky business venture in Tokyo, it coincides with Alice starting to become suspicious about his loyalty and a few signs that he might not be the faithful man she believes. Best friend of two years and mother of Olivia’s classmate, Beth, reassures her, but why is Beth acting so vague, might she be the other woman, and how can Tom, whom Alice believed to be dead, suddenly be posting on Facebook?
After 150 pages of Alice’s narrative, the baton switches to Beth nine years earlier and takes the reader completely out of Alice’s story just when it feels like it’s beginning to unfold. This section in itself is a heavily extenuated backstory and after a few pages it becomes clear where it’s going and lacks any form of suspense. From here on in The First Mistake’s eventual storyline and shocking twists will be mere confirmation for a savvy reader of this genre and at the halfway point this domestic drama becomes disappointingly formulaic. The final third brings together the present day combination of Alice and Beth to take the story home..
Although the melodrama and action on all fronts is high, the characterisation proved disappointing and I struggled to get under the skin of Alice or Beth or develop much understanding of them. Likewise their supposedly firm friendship seems far too superficial to invest and believe in, much like the whole story itself! On the upside Sandie Jones’ prose is highly readable and the short chapters kept me turning the pages in a solid domestic drama.
The only downside is that it was obvious when the book got to part two exactly what was going on.
I won't spoil it for anyone about to read the book,and it is great,but in my humble opinion there was no suspense.