About the Book
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…
The Mistake is a completely gripping thriller that will keep you up all night, from the top ten bestselling author of Blink, Liar and Safe with Me. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
The Mistake had me glued to the book from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
The narrative switches between the present day and 16 years earlier, in the time leading up to Billy’s disappearance and death.
In addition to the mystery surrounding the death of Billy, this book gives us Rose’s story. A young, impressionable girl who suffers at the hands of a master in psychological mind-games, Rose finds herself with nowhere to turn because she placed her faith in the wrong person. For me, this was as much of a horror as the death of Billy. K.L Slater shows us how easy it would be to twist the mind of a vulnerable person. And because we don’t hear specific details of Billy’s death, it’s somewhat easier to stay removed. With Rose, however, we are there from the first time she is approached and groomed by a man whose aim is to control her in the name of love.
In the present day, Rose lives alone. Billy is gone, as are her parents. Her world is small. Her life is regimented by self-imposed rules that help her to cope with everyday life.
By chance, Rose discovers the person convicted of Billy’s murder may be innocent. Rose realises that any attempt to dig deeper may result in her entire world being up-ended and the precious little security she currently feels being removed altogether.
Slater’s writing takes me directly to the scene. I can visualise Billy and Rose all the other characters. I can see the despair of living what seems like a dead-end life in a dying town. I can see the community and willingness to help a neighbour. And I can see business and the bottom line eroding a way of life.
This is the first book I have read by K.L Slater. I will definitely be reading more.