One Small Mistake Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
One small mistake. One deadly consequence.
Elodie Fray wants to be more like her perfect sister, Ada, the one her parents are actually proud of. When she decided to quit her job and pursue her dream of becoming an author, she thought it would be her time to shine, but a year on nothing has happened. And she's getting desperate.
When Elodie makes one small mistake on a drunken night with a friend, things quickly spiral and suddenly everyone believes she has a book deal. Unable to find a way back from her little lie, her perfect dream becomes a perfect nightmare - and desperate times call for desperate measures.
Meanwhile, everything is not as it seems in Ada Archer's perfect life. When her sister suddenly disappears, she questions everything - from her marriage, to the man who's been charged with Elodie's abduction. The papers say it's him, but the more she digs into her sister's life, the less convinced she is. Ada will do anything to discover the truth, even if it kills her.
No one knows what happened to Elodie Fray, and now her only chance of survival is her sister.
Perfect for fans of B A Paris, Louise Candlish and Erin Kelly.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 45 minutes|
|Narrator||Georgia Maguire, Daphne Kouma|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 01, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #32,887 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#151 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#385 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
#848 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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I would recommend this book to all of my thrill-seeking friends. I promise that you won't be disappointed!
This antagonist was perfect. Very believable and interesting to read about.
A few moments that made me go “why”
but it was all in good entertainment.
Jack had already had the plan in motion given the fact that Elodie had already had the stalker *before* they came up with this plan
She also made no mention of her sleeping with her half brother, once it was brought up.
The plot + subplots or really Ada’s parts were far more intriguing in my opinion. Given I’ve been on both sides; being gaslit, abused, held “captive” + just as well, the constant questioning of why i havent settled down/had kids etc; I just found Ada’s storyline of finding herself + unadulterated happiness more captivating (no pun intended)
Overall it was a good book, while I know what happens to Elodie happens daily (minus the willing participant 99.9% of the time) it was a lot and sometimes unbelievable.
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The plan to fake a kidnap did remind me of Gillian Flynn's novel. This disgruntled me early on because it just didn't feel original. Furthermore, her accomplice, Jack, just seems too obsessive and controlling for my liking. I could not foresee how the two would get away with staging this kidnapping, from the questioning they would inevitably receive from the police investigation, to Elodie getting that publishing deal she has been yearning for. As the plot developed, I could easily predict how the story would evolve and this definitely lessened the tension of this thriller.
However, as time passes, the narrative switches to Elodie's sister. This is where I thought it was more interesting. Ada's narrative takes the form of letters she is writing to her missing sister. They are like a confession and it is here that we see a true insight into what Ada's apparently easy lifestyle is all about. Her marriage is cracking at the seams and Ada is clearly unhappy. Yet, despite the pressures of Elodie's disappearance, Ada is determined not to allow her personal disappointments stop the investigations; I admired Ada's strength and actually thought she was a far more interesting character than her simpering sister.
Love, obsession... it swirls around Elodie and her kidnapping with Jack. I grew bored with her frivolous decisions and narrow-minded perspective. Stockholm syndrome is a theme in this story and I think that the writer portrays Elodie as suffering from it. At times I was sighing with frustration at her mindless mistakes and wanted her to be more determined and less selfish. After all, despite saying she cares about her family, Elodie is still willing to stage this kidnap and wants them to be worried. All Elodie can see is the potential to snag a juicy book deal; she does not think twice about those closest to her.
Overall, I found the narrative to be rather prolonged. There are some obvious cliff-hangers but the narrative was fraught with mindless actions so these parts were more anti-climatic. I could understand why Elodie was willing to follow Jack's advice, but still wanted to see her grow some backbone and take control of her circumstances. With obvious plot developments, I became exasperated by Elodie's behaviour and was relieved when Ada's narrative provided a distraction.
This is an interesting novel when you consider the emotions behind Elodie's actions. I think the writer does start to explore this, but it is set on a foundation of a rather shaky narrative. In my opinion, perhaps switching the narrative to include Jack as well, or even have Ada's voice in the early stages of the novel would have made it more interesting, especially as I grew to dislike Elodie so much.
A fabulous thrill ride of a read and an outstanding debut. From being drawn into these characters, along with the promising premise, from the very first page this tale does not let go until the very last. Perfectly drawn, completely credible characters populate a compelling and often wildly outlandish and wildly entertaining plot which, in turn, is peppered with the authors’ perfectly penned and often beautifully descriptive prose. A one sitting read which I enjoyed immensely and with characters that you will love or that you will love to hate. Bravo
It is certainly not uncommon for books in this genre to require the reader to suspend disbelief. This debut novel from Dandy Smith is no exception and it is apparent from the early stages of the story that the reader is going to have to grant the writer some dramatic licence in order for "One Small Mistake" to work at all.
With that proviso, I actually quite enjoyed the early stages of this book. The writing was not only intelligent, but quite bright, fresh and conveyed goodly amounts of attitude with a darkly witty edginess. "One Small Mistake" was looking as though it could be shaping up to a be a psychological thriller that was infused with significant elements of "chick-lit with a kick". I was looking forward to how it might develop.
Unfortunately, the early promise wasn't maintained throughout and there were too many facets that just didn't work properly. In addition to the central theme of the psychological drama the story has some prevalent sub-themes, notably the examination of the nature of the sisters' relationship and also the pressure placed on many women by society regarding motherhood. Not only did these sub-themes detract from the core narrative and dilute any tension and suspense, but they also became quite preachy at times and it felt like I was being lectured rather than reading a piece of fictional literature. To add further to the woes of the psychological drama at the heart of the story, aspects that had already been stretching credulity started to go beyond that point and crossed the line into pure silliness.
Ultimately, I was just glad to get to the end of the book, so that I could shelve it and move on to something else. It isn't awful, and I have been subjected to far worse - but I have also read plenty of other novels that hold significantly greater appeal.
Elodie Fray feels in the shadow of her elder sister Ada, who appears to have a perfect life and to be their parent's favourite daughter. Elodie's determination to be a best-selling author has seen her leave her high-flying job and return to the village where she was brought up and get a job in a local coffee shop. Sensing her parent's disappointment she thinks she's got her big break when her Agent asks her for a meeting. Meeting a friend after the meeting she tells a stupid lie.....which snowballs and leads to events that rapidly spiral out of control, not least after childhood friend Jack has a cunning plan.
The main part of the book tells of Elodie's plight while sister Ada's thoughts on the situation and the the live's of both sisters run alongside as a series of letters. This works very well,not least as the sisters have very different perceptions of people they both know and of their own lives.
The story builds up quite slowly,isn't massively original and stretches credulity occasionally but the quality of writing is very impressive,not least as this is Dandy Smith's debut novel, and turns a half-decent plot-line into something well-worth reading. The characterisation is excellent, there are some laugh out loud jokes and it it doesn't rely on unbelievable "twists" as far too many books of this kind do.
I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could,it's a very good read and quite an outstanding debut. If you're a fan of Erin Kelly and similar authors you'll really enjoy this.
The concept for the story was good, the result of telling a little lie which spirals out of control with devastating consequences. But it was rather predictable in places and I could see things coming a mile off. There were a couple of issues concerning time travel that I found confusing. At one point, Ada went out to dinner one evening (in the middle of January when it’s dark before 5pm), but when she left after pudding it was still daylight outside and apparently the middle of the afternoon. Not long after, she drove somewhere, leaving after breakfast, but when she arrived two hours later it was already getting dark!
There is also quite liberal use of the 'F' word which didn't bother me but some readers might find it offensive.
It sounds like I only have negatives about this book, which was my free Kindle First choice for November, but I did enjoy most of it and may try another from this author in the future.