After really enjoying The Other Woman last summer, The First Mistake by Sandie Jones is high on my summer TBR. I only wish it lived up to my high hopes. Plenty of people love it, but I’m not one of them. I can say, pick this one up if enjoy a slow burn with some twists.
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
The lowdown from Goodreads
Publication Date June 11th, 2019
Let’s Talk About The Synopsis
I’m very grateful to receive an ARC from Minotaur Books. As soon as the book arrives, I read the synopsis. I swear my eyes glaze over & I read it again. What’s this story about? Maybe I’m not running on all cylinders these days, but I just couldn’t get it. Something about a woman’s husband died & maybe she shouldn’t trust her best friend? For starters, I’m not sure what I’m getting into by starting the book. If I hadn’t loved The Other Woman, I don’t think I would have given it a chance.
Paranoid Characters with a bit of a Psychological Thrill
Honestly, one hundred pages in & I’m not invested in the story. I reach out to a few friends who read it & enjoyed it. They did encourage me to keep reading & told me the story starts to pick up. For me, it never did. The First Mistake just felt slow.
Also, the main character seems incredibly paranoid to me. The more thrillers I read, I know I’m not a fan of a paranoid, female lead. While the last third does pick up steam & has some twists, it just didn’t work for me.
I am Not Really Into This book. Please check out my friend Jamie’s review. She really enjoyed The First Mistake by Sandie Jones. As much as I wasn’t a fan of this book, I will happily read Sandie Jones’s next novel.
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Sandie Jones is a freelance journalist and has contributed to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly and Hello magazine, amongst others. If she wasn’t a writer, she’d be an interior designer as she has an unhealthy obsession with wallpaper and cushions. She lives in London with her husband and three children.