The Mistake Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything....
Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later he is found dead.
Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, whom she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him...and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.
Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger....
The Mistake is a completely gripping thriller that will keep you up all night, from the top 10 best-selling author of Blink, Liar and Safe with Me. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 26 minutes|
|Author||K. L. Slater|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 28, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #41,992 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#490 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,164 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,102 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
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It has a good story although for me it isn't really anything very new, strange or startling. This in no way made it dull as of course every similar book features differing locations, characters, etc. So I enjoyed it BUT there were a couple of proper howling errors I didn't expect to encounter. We'll come to these....I have to say I didn't like Rose at all. She "writes" atrocious English for a librarian....."We'd gotten friendly with," etc....She also just came across as a bit of a whiny headcase. OK, she'd had things happen to her in her life but she was a bit of a naive nitwit even before anything nasty occurred.....she WAS only 17 but at that age should know what contraception is and that if a bloke you're knocking around with is mean to you, you don't hang around. I've been a 17 year old girl, as have most of her readers, I would think, so they'll also appreciate what I'm saying. Plus she works what equates to only 2 full working days per week yet she's always tired, exhausted, stressed and ANNOYING !! There were some real surprises in this, though. I thought for once I had it all worked out but I was found wanting as usual....
Now to the annoyances....perhaps if this was a debut I'd not have been so irritated but it isn't. So if I were the author I'd be pretty annoyed with my proofreader/editor. She writes draft the American way and not draught, kept missing the apostrophe in "goodness' sake," along with more apostrophe mistakes. ONE was so annoying I Tweeted it for posterity since she wrote visitors' and visitor's in one line, with one being right and one wrong !! She wrote take and not taken, move and not moved and these passages needed hyphenating-"concerned but searching" or "...to use the therapist speak she was so fond of" (which I puzzled over a little while before I realised what she actually meant) and we lost words from sentences here and there for a bit of variation, too. Resigned to the attic was written where I believe she meant consigned as well.
Continuation errors were bloody annoying as well. She goes to visit Gareth in his ground floor flat and has a chat with one of his neighbours who was complaining about the bloke who lived above him. Turns out that was Gareth.....in his second floor flat, we hear later. Then, we're told she still lives in her parents' house, number 13, yet her given address later on is number 206. For me this is just slapdash.
AND all the way through I was waiting on her heading into Ronnie's attic as the synopsis tells us she does. She'd made a discovery in his spare room but I was just waiting on the attic visitation which never happened !!
I would like to read another by her as he story ideas are great but after this one I have knocked them further down my list than they were !
Rose is a the very epitome of the mild mannered librarian. You know from the very beginning that something bad has happened in her life, something beyond the tragic death of her younger brother for which she feels ultimately responsible. Something which has made her nervous and overly suspicious of people around her. She struggles with anxiety and has a very small world in which she safely exists. Part of that world, her precious library, is under threat, something which only adds to her feeling of unease. But when she discovers something unexpected in the home of her neighbour and close family friend, her whole past is thrown into doubt and everything she thought she knew is now in question.
From the start of the book I was invested in Rose. I wanted to know more about her, to find out what it was that had made her so scared. It had to be more than the death of young Billy, as tragic as that was, and there were certainly hints dropped throughout of there being more to the situation than we knew. As the story developed it became clear where the tale was leading, but this didn’t stop if being compelling and if anything made me more determined to read on, willing Rose to open her eyes to the danger she was in. It was obvious to everyone else but her, especially the reader, but this just added an element of authenticity to the story.
As for Billy’s tragic story, it is clear from the outset what has happened, and that the suspect in his death is a man, someone Billy and the family both know. What follows is a gradual uncovering of suspects, any one of which could have reason to have hurt him, be it maliciously or otherwise. Everyone, from Rose and Billy’s father, to Rose’s boyfriend Gareth, even their next door neighbour, could be suspected of hurting Billy, but do they have the motive or the opportunity?
This is a difficult story to tell, one of domestic violence and control. KL Slater carefully explores the subject of emotional control and manipulation, making Rose a very sympathetic subject. Yes she is young and naive, but it is not simply this which makes her a suitable target. However, the big mistake she makes as a teenager has such far reaching repercussions for all of them that nobody could have foreseen at the start. None of it is played for shock factor, the reader being kept somewhat sheltered from some of the more unpleasant parts of the story. But you are still drawn in, still emotionally manipulated just as Rose was, being taken from shocked to angry to frustrated in the blink of an eye.
And how do I describe Gareth? Well, think of every depiction of a emotional abuser and you have this man right there. Charming when needed, he slowly isolates Rose from her family and friends until the point that emotional control is no longer enough. As a reader I just wanted to scream at my kindle, so frustrated by how blind Rose was to the truth. But then this is how someone like Gareth gains and maintains the control. They say that if something seems to good to be true, it probably is. That… That right there. That is this man, a loathsome character who from the very off makes the skin begin to crawl, he is so well written. Urgh. The thought of him still makes me shudder. Slime. Total and utter slime.
Did I have an inkling of what the absolute truth of this story would be? I’d be lying if I said that I was completely blindsided. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the journey that the author takes us on as I really and truly did. And the ending… It is a two fold thing with Rose seeing complete resolution to all of the questions she has left to answer about Billy, as well as closure on a very traumatic part of her past. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. And boy was it. That part really did make me smile
I liked the way the story was told. It jumped back and forth from the past to the present. I thought this helped to progressively reveal the story and kept me intrigued as to what would happen.
The ending for me was a bit flat. Yes it was a twist which I didn't see coming mainly because the character wasn't present throughout the whole story. I couldn't understand how Rose was now so able to move on. She has been convinced the killer had been found and was rotting away in prison. Ok, more information had come to light, but why did this suddenly give her motivation to positively live her life? Up until that point, she strongly believed it was true so what changed? I would have liked some more narrative about her feelings at the end.
Also what happened to her mum and dad? Did I miss this in the story?
What about the former police inspector, surely he would have been back in touch given how their conversation ended and the amount of time and effort he had dedicated to the case.
I am giving it three stars because I did enjoy it. It kept me reading and I love a book that does this. i just felt the ending could have been better.