The Mistake - K.L. Slater
Reading Challenge Category: a book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller
Official Book Blurb:
“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, who 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… “
I literally couldn’t put this book down; I started reading it at 10.30 pm, thinking I’ll just start reading the first book of my reading challenge. I’ll read a few chapters before I go to sleep and to get me started, as I never usually get ‘gripped’ that quickly but oh my goodness I was gripped within the first few pages, and I was still reading at 2.30 am. I had to force myself to go to sleep and not finish it there and then but it was the first thing I did the next morning, putting off all the chores I had planned as I had to know ‘who killed Billy?’ I don’t usually like ‘psychological thrillers’ as I don’t like to be made to feel uncomfortable in my own head, but K.L. Slater manages to attempt this genre in a very subtle way. The switching between timelines leaves you wanting more. I would get to the end of the present bunch of chapters, and it would leave you wanting more of the ‘present’ so I’d read the sixteen years ago sections and that would leave you wanting more too, so you’d just keep reading! It was a brilliant book and brilliantly written but unfortunately, once you know the ending I don’t think I’d reread it unless a massive amount of time passes and I forget, which is likely.