by K.L. Slater
Audiobook Link: The Mistake
The book was more interesting than I had expected. I paid £1.99 for the kindle version of the book and £2.99 for the audible audiobook.
The story took many twists and turns. Every time I thought “finally, we know everything”, the story took another turn and kept me guessing up to nearly the last page. At first I found the story hard to get into. The story goes back and forth between present day and the past.
I didn’t think I was going to like this back and forth, but I soon began to enjoy it and found it rather comforting. The story is about a woman who blames herself for her younger brothers death approximately 16 years earlier. Her brother was only eight years old at the time and went missing one day after she last spent time with him flying a kite. It is clear in the story that she is still traumatised by the past events in her life which are told throughout the story both in the “present” when she was younger, and reflectively when it is the present day.
There are not a lot of characters in the book but none of the characters have too much depth as the main character is Rose and we only really learn about the other characters through her interactions with them.
Throughout the story I was left wondering who the killer was, and the little dribbles of information that was presented really kept me guessing. I was sure it was one character, and then new information came pointing me towards another, and then another.
The story also touched on some sad/ disturbing topics but it did not go into too much detail thankfully and I did feel it was relevant to the story as it really helped understand why certain characters behaved the way they did.
I felt the ending was surprising but also a bit of a letdown. It might be because I didn’t see it coming, or missed the foreshadowing, but I felt like a lot of time was spent building these characters up, for a lesser character to play an ending role.
The Audiobook was 8 hours and 26 minutes long. For £2.99, and listening to it at 1.5x speed, it still lasted for a few days. I have really come to enjoy the narrator Lucy Price-Lewis. She is capable of doing both male and female voices well and I could really get a mental picture of the person she was speaking as before she even said who said the text. I would certainly give the audiobook narration performance a 5/5 and will be looking for more books that she has narrated.
I would recommend this to adults who enjoy psychological thrillers.