This review is written with thanks to Transworld Publishers and Netgalley for my copy of One Little Mistake.
Vicky Seagrave and Amber Collins have been best friends for years. When Vicky makes a mistake that risks everything she holds dear, including her husband and three children, she turns to Amber. But is Amber as trustworthy as Vicky believes?
One Little Mistake is set in two different time frames and told from several different viewpoints. In 2010, the reader is introduced to Vicky, in first person, and Amber, in third person. In 1992, Curtis tells the story of Katya, a young girl in a Young Offenders’ Institute. The two narratives helped Curtis to build tension, as I was intrigued by the way in which the two strands of the plot were connected. However, I did enjoy the sections set in 1992 more, as I found Katya’s character easier to connect with emotionally.
The differing narrative viewpoints allow the reader to get under the skins of Vicky and Amber. This helps them to consider what they would do in the same position. However, I found the different viewpoints difficult to follow in places, and this made it appear slightly disjointed.
Many of the reviews for One Little Mistake praise it for its ability to grip the reader and compel them. Although I felt that the novel did have this effect on me, I found that the plot only really gathered pace in the final third. For me, the first two-thirds seemed to drag slightly and the characters were not as intriguing as they could have been.
I moved One Little Mistake to the top of my “to be read” pile having seen a few brilliant reviews on social media this week. Personally, however, I finish reading with the feeling that although both characters and plot had potential, this was not fully achieved.
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