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…
Happy publication day!
I have read previous titles by K. L Slater that I really enjoyed. Needless to say, I was elated to I find out that the author had written a new book.
The Mistake by K. L Slater is narrated through two timelines through Rose’s POV. In one of the timelines, we go back sixteen years to a time when her life drastically changed. In the second timeline,readers get to catch up with Rose in the present. In the sixteen years period, She has changed a lot. However, the past still haunts her.
Sixteen years ago, her kid brother, Billy, went missing before his body was later discovered. I was curious to know what happened back then. The past narrations were addictive and so tense. They began before Billy’s disappearance and so we get to see the tension build up. Knowing that something bad will happen to Billy filled me with apprehension. I needed to know the why, when and how. In the present narrations, the secrets from the past emerge as the truth is revealed.
The characters in this book had such strong personalities. The author crafted them in such a way that they get into your mind and occupy your thoughts even when you are not reading the book. I liked some of them like Cassie. I was torn about Rose. I loved Billy and really disliked some of the other characters. This book elicited different emotions hence making me more invested in the unfolding drama.
The Mistake by K. L Slater is a fast-paced, addictive read. I was surprised by some of the themes that came up especially in the past narration. However, they were masterfully tackled and helped in making this book as suspenseful as it was. I couldn’t have predicted the final twist. I thought I had figured out the direction that the story was taking but I was pleasantly surprised by how wrong I was. This book Is the perfect whodunit. If you enjoy psychological thrillers then you should definitely check out K.L Slater books.
11 thoughts on “Review: The Mistake by K. L Slater@bookouture”
I just finished this one! It was clever!
I thought so too. It was different from the author’s previous title, Blink and seemed more like her first book, The Liar. Definitely a great read.
I love being wrong, glad this one worked out for you Diana!
I do too. Thank you Renee 🙂
How many books has this woman written? LOL I stopped counting, which one is your fave by her? So I can decide!
I think she has written three. Liar, Blink and The Mistake. I think Blink was my favorite one of the three 🙂
I like hearing you could feel so strongly for the characters, be it in a positive or negative way. I definitely should start this series *sigh*
Its not a series Inge but if you are yet to read anything by Slater then I recommend her books. In particular, I think you will enjoy this one or her last title, Blink.
Good to know, thanks for the tip, I’m definitely putting one on my wishlist 🙂
I really liked the story and characters, but I was expecting a wow ending twist that never came!
I do get what you mean. I think for me the past narrations were more intense unlike the present one. Perhaps that is what made the ending a bit so-so.