Friday, 24 February 2017

Books Read: One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis


Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there's only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you're careless with those you love, you don't deserve to keep them . .

Amazon links: Kindle (out now) or Paperback (published July)

I'm sure you've all heard the saying 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer', well that is certainly the case in Emma Curtis' One Little Mistake featuring young mum Vicky and her friend Amber who met at Ante-Natal classes.  Neither women seem to be particularly happy with their lot despite both having loving husbands, beautiful children, good jobs and everything to lose.

From the outset we see Vicky making some poorly conceived decisions that results in what could have turned out much worse than the incident that did occur.  Fortunately for Vicky she's able to turn to Amber for support and to unburden herself so that she's not dealing with the consequences alone but it's fair to say that this might be another poor lack of judgement on her part.

Both characters were flawed and unlikeable which is pretty rare for me to say about central characters in a book as I can normally find some redeeming qualities in one or the other but in this story I didn't really like either of them.  I felt that Vicky was reckless and weak and really couldn't understand why she did some of the things she did, especially where her baby was concerned, and as for Amber I'll just say that I'm glad that I don't know anyone like her... well I don't think I do!

Running parallel to the current day, there is a separate thread set in 1992 featuring a desperately unhappy young child Katya who has been placed into care.  At the outset it's not clear who this child is, and how this storyline has any relevance to the main one playing out, but as more and more snippets are revealed it all becomes much clearer as to the connection until the story reaches its dramatic conclusion.

There are certainly plenty of talking points throughout this novel which is why I think One Little Mistake would be perfect for a book group as the topics featured would certainly lead to some lively discussions.  It almost feels wrong to to say I enjoyed reading One Little Mistake considering a toxic friendship and revenge are at the heart of it but I definitely found it to be a compelling, thought provoking read.  An excellent start from Emma Curtis and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future.

I'd like to thank Rosie at Transworld for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and sending me a proof copy of One Little Mistake to review.

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