As a mother, this story was hard to read. Can you imagine not knowing where your child is?
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after her three children and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter. She only took her eyes off of them for a second. But when Charlotte’s children return from a school fair ride and Alice is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Harriet is devastated and can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together what happened to Alice, secrets begin to surface.
This fictional tale had my heart beating and stomach in knots, hoping for the safe return of Alice. Charlotte and Harriet felt like women whose shoes I could easily step into as Perks wrote characters I could empathize with. The women tell this story in alternating points of view, flashing back and forth between the past and present, which I found added to my sense of suspense while reading. Don’t you love a good twist? All things are not as they seem and a couple of good twists are delivered. I won’t say I saw them coming, but only that I sensed something wasn’t quite right and couldn’t put my finger on what it was.
Although the story is a tad slow in places, I still felt suspense throughout, so plugged along through the slower parts. After several uninspiring books in the genre, Her One Mistake was an excellent read.
NetGalley provided me with an advanced copy of this book.
Rating: 4 stars
Title: Her One Mistake
Author: Heidi Perks
Release Date: January 8, 2019