The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

June 11, 2019

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: When Alice met Beth, her best friend, it was the icing on the cake. A friend without judgement, to celebrate with, commiserate with, Beth is the most trustworthy and loyal person that Alice knows. So when Nathan starts disappearing for stretches of time, Alice turns to Beth. But soon, she begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced…


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★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★


I read this author's debut book and was okay with it. It didn't really spark anything strong with me. I was hoping to maybe a get a little more in her second book...


This author has a great imagination, giving some really inventive and unique stories. I cannot deny that. This one, like her first book, it a very unique storyline. I had no clue in the beginning where it would possibly take me.


I don't want to spoil anything, so I am going to be very vague when it comes to the characters. I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first. The wife. The husband. The best friend. The supporting characters. If I am honest, by the middle of the book, I wasn't a fan of any of them. They just didn't have any real depth to them, which they need for this story.


I pretty much figured out the twist in the first few chapters. That in itself was a bit disappointing. It was blaringly obvious, so the rest of the book pretty much drug for me from there. To say I was underwhelmed would be accurate. I just, I don't have a lot of words I can share since they will spoil this book. Not that it matters since the book is spoiled pretty early on. 


This is the second book this year that I read where neither the title or cover have anything to do with the book. I sat after I finished it trying to correlate the title and cover with the story inside, and I am not connecting them. That is very frustrating. A title and cover are the first thing we know about a book. If you read this one, just ignore those two things going in.


Overall, this book was not one I will be recommending all over the place. It just wasn't very interesting. It moved slow. It was written to confuse the reader and hide the fact that the twist was already given in the beginning. I was pretty disappointed in this one.

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