Friday 2 June 2017

Review ~ One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Black Swan
To be published : 15 June 2017

What's it all about...

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 risks everything she holds dear on a whim, 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 . . .

What did I think about it..

On the surface Vicky Seagrove appears to have everything she could possibly want, a wonderful husband,perfectly happy children and a good friend. Then one day, she decides to leave her sleeping baby in his cot and go to view a house which is for sale nearby. When she returns something has happened which changes the course of her life and that of her family forever.

Initially, it took me a little while to really feel comfortable with the story, I couldn't imagine any mother behaving quite as irresponsibly as Vicky, but human nature is as it is and everyone can make one little mistake, which, on the spur of the moment, seems ok, only to then suffer dreadfully from the consequences.

I think the author has done a good job of getting right inside the minutiae of a modern marriage, looking at the psychological pressures that couples face and of how the intertwining of families with other families can seem, on the surface, to be wonderfully cosy, only for that friendship to be ripped apart by insecurity, infidelity and hidden secrets from the past.

At first, the different story strands and the timescale flipping back and forth takes some getting used to and I was a little unsure where it was all going to lead, however, once that starts to sit comfortably, the characters start to come alive in the imagination. As the story starts to grip, the plot becomes quite fascinating and shows just how easily people can be bamboozled by those they appear to trust. Gradually the whole concept of the novel sinks into place and leaves you feeling quite shocked, in places.

One little Mistake is a strong debut novel by an author who I am sure will continue to go from strength to strength.

Best Read With..a chocolate chip cookie and a mug of  strong tea, piping hot...

About the Author

Emma Curtis was born in Brighton and brought up in London. Her fascination with the darker side of domestic life inspired her to write One Little Mistake, her first psychological suspense.

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My thanks to Rosie at Transworld for my review copy of this book

One Little Mistake is out in paperback on the 15th June 2017


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