Review: The First Mistake

Review: The First Mistake

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

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Official synopsis

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .

The first mistake could be her last.


Okay. This book was really good. Better than I expected. In fact, lately I’ve been able to predict all those plot twists way before they’re revealed but this one I guessed only a few moments before it was revealed. Thinking (more like yelling) to myself, “No way! OMG that’s —— !?.”

There are 4 important characters in this book. The first is Alice, devoted and mother wife, talented interior designer and still-grieving widow to a husband she lost 10 years prior. The second is Beth, Alice’s best friend who has her own personal struggles. The third is Nathan, Alice’s current husband, businessman and caring father. The fourth is Tom, Alice’s deceased husband who she still loves very much to this day.

The only issue I had with this book were the characters. It’s not that I didn’t like them, I just didn’t really care about them. I was more emotionally invested in the story and figuring out what was going on. I would have liked to have formed some type of emotional bond or sympathized with Alice, but there was just something about her that prevented me from doing so.

While I read books of this kind, I tend to let my mind go to crazy places, trying to predict the outcome. I literally thought I thought of everything but clearly, I was wrong as the plot twist had me vocalizing my surprise. I’m not as clever as I’d like to think I am!

I received an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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