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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

February 20, 2017



Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.


When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.


But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .


This is a psychological thriller that starts with a moment of sheer madness. Vicky Seagrave is a happily married mother of three with a passion for doing up old houses. Her best friend, Amber, is an estate agent. Vicky’s youngest baby, Josh has been keeping her up and giving her sleepless nights, so she isn’t in the best place when she spots a house for sale that she is desperate to look at.

So she does something that she shouldn’t – she makes one little mistake that will have profound consequences for her marriage and her future.

Vicky married Tom when she was 21 and they were both at the start of their lives, with big plans for the future, until they realised that Vicky was pregnant. So they got married, started their family, had two little girls and then Josh was born – a surprise baby who has been a bit fractious since his birth and keeps Vicky somewhat ragged around the edges.

It’s no surprise therefore, that despite the fact that she loves Tom, she has allowed herself to make some rash decisions – decisions that, although she has drawn back from the brink, will risk everything she cares about.

At the core of the novel is the relationship between two couples – Tom and Vicky and her friend Amber and her husband Robert. Amber has become her best friend and confidant. The couples spend a lot of time together, but under the surface, Amber is not entirely what she seems to be.

Less well off than Tom and Vicky, she envies what Vicky has.

The story switches effortlessly between the past – some eighteen years ago – and present. The narrative changes too, from first to third person with the story of Katya, a young girl in foster care who is being abused by Luke, but when she tries to tell her social worker Maggie, she does not listen, because Maggie herself is making a mistake that will come back to haunt her.

This then is the core of the book. Mistakes that soon lead to lies which then lead to bigger and more grievous errors. As the story unfolds, Vicky is drawn deeper into a web of lies and deceit that threaten both her friendship and her marriage.

As Amber’s past is slowly revealed, we see more of what drives her in the present and why she decides to act as she does when it comes to her friendship with Amber and Tom.

Soon Vicky is in deeper trouble than she could ever imagine and it all started with that one little mistake.

I was really engaged by the book and found it a gripping read. It was all too easy to see what had gone wrong and why Vicky was having such trouble getting out of the mess that she has made for herself. There were moments when I found myself shouting at Vicky for being so stupid, but nevertheless, this was a gripping read that got darker and darker as the secrets were revealed.

One Little Mistake is an intense psychological thriller that kept me turning the pages long after bedtime had come and gone.


One Little Mistake is published Transworld Digital on 23 February 2017

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