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Do You Really Know those around You: The Mistake @KimLSlater @bookouture #BookReview

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Mistake by K.L. Slater! Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me and providing me a copy of this book through NetGalley!

the mistakeTitle: The Mistake
Author: K.L Slater
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Date of publication: October 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 269
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️

You think you know the truth about the people you love.

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…


I’ve granted K.L. Slater a Best Unforeseen Ending Plot Twist award three times in a row so the odds were against us this time.
Now this sentence might tell you right away that I did not like The Mistake. I did! Let’s not be mistaken here! (See what I did here?)

  • Her writing style is sharp.
  • Her understanding of human beings and their motives is very accurate.
  • The path she creates for you to follow her characters on are always muddy, dark, and creepy.
  • She weaves some of the best psychological plots ever
  • She’s the queen of sentences that haunt you long after you’ve read them.

Truth never disappears or deserts us; it’s there forever, shining strong.

I mean, take a look at this sentence! It sent shivers down my spine. Not that I have anything very serious to hide!!

Now off to the story. Oh my! So many layers! I warmed to Rose very early on, she’s damaged good. She’s surviving, not living, and it was heart-breaking. The words glued her to her past, and the beauty of this story is the character development, it is the what behind it all, it is the way Rose is, becomes, and ends up being.

Books helped me get well back then and I feel happiest now when I’m around them.

Rose is a special character. She’s a bookworm! But she also had to go through a tragedy, and most of all, she’s alone in the world. The more I read about her, the more I recognized feelings I’d experienced, feared, or imagined, and I just wanted to be her friend. I know you can enjoy a book without any bound to the main character but Rose, shy, torn, sad, and broken Rose, unable to see her own courage and warrior side (after all, she’s still here and living, no matter how hard it is) just won my heart and I felt true love towards her.

Other characters did not obtain my sympathy, but gosh did I love the layers The Mistake is composed of! This story is a giant poisoned cake sitting on the edge of the table, and Rose makes it topple, along with her world, just out of a good intention. Before you know it, everything is messed up, questions are raised, suspicions are around, and you’re lost in a pool of cream, sugar, and blood-red cherries. I can’t say more without spoiling anything!

Sometimes, misery is a comfort to the soul… like a bitter poultice.

I was hooked from the very first page, as always with Kim’s books. The Mistake is made of the past and the present intertwined, keeping scars open for you to discover the truth, the one we see, the one we think we know, the one we can’t imagine. All kinds of truths, all kinds of mistakes, in a single shattering and riveting story that creeps on you like a stranger in the night!

The book is darker than I thought, and the only niggle I have with it is that X factor twist that went missing, leaving me with a different but just as intense reading experience!

What do YOU consider to be a mistake?


Kim Slater pic

Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink,’ ‘Liar’ and the soon to be released ‘The Mistake.’

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected a stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.


21 thoughts on “Do You Really Know those around You: The Mistake @KimLSlater @bookouture #BookReview”

  1. This sounds like a good read Meggy. The main character sounds like I would want to befriend her too. It’s nice when the character is a book lover too isn’t it.
    Also as always I love the descriptive words you use to tell us how this book makes you feel.
    I like the ‘about the author part’, where she says she had all those rejection letters then a lot of acceptane ones. That tells us to never give up trying to achieve what you want.


    1. Any character loving book as much as we do is halfway on my friend list 😀 Thank you so much ❤ I dreaded posting my next reviews after that terrible Reviewing class, so I'm glad if you enjoyed it! I admire authors who put everything they have into their dream and don't give up!

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      1. I guess the class see reviews differently to the way bookbloggers, Authors and publishers do?! Because everybody loves your reviews. It will be difficult to change your ways for class but keep your own stamp for your blog. I guess you will learn why they like them the particular way soon enough from the classes. Sounds odd to me, but I will be interested to see how it goes. Good luck.


        1. Yeah, it’s very academic and similar to what you find in very specialized posh-ish magazines… Thank you ❤ It really gave a blow to my confidence in my reviews, but I try to keep in mind I made my blog grow and now work with many publishers and authors, which should mean something, and something more than one opinion… I'll probably talk about it more later, when I've done my presentation and review! xx


  2. Fab review Meggy and I totally agree with you on everything. I really liked Rose and her job. I thought the narrative was darker too especially in the past narrations.Can’t wait to read Slater’s next book 🙂


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