The Mistakes I Made - Paula Daly

The Mistake I Made: A Novel - Paula Daly

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The Mistake I Made is the latest page-turner from one of the England’s most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel, Paula Daly focuses her masterful eye for psychological suspense and family drama on an indecent proposal that has fatal repercussions.

Single mother Roz has reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she's struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.

When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again



I already know Paula Dalys „What kind of Mother are you“ but I have to say, I liked this book better. Even both heroines are quite alike. Roz struggles with her life as a single mother. She is deeply in depts, her ex is irresponsible and childish and does not support her with any money. Now she is about to lose her house. There comes this rich guy along and offers her money for sex. His explanations seem reasonable. First, Roz is appalled, but she needs the money so desperately, she agrees. But after some time, she realized that this rich guy, Scott, is not that rational and nice guy she thought he is.

This book is a fast read. It is gripping and suspenseful. I liked the psychological suspense, how the characters develop. I only disliked Roz sister Petra. Just, after a while, the story seems to take to many unbelievable turns. Roz life becomes more difficult which every decision she makes. Sometimes it felt like it was all too much, but at the same time I thought, this story is so abstruse it could really have had happened that way. It shows how every single decision you make can be your biggest mistake. And one lie leads to another.

After all, I enjoyed reading it. A bit over the top with all that unbelievable things that happen to Roz, but it was a nice and entertaining read. I liked the setting in the Lake District. I visited this area some years ago and I enjoyed reading the names of those little villages and lakes and I remember being there. The ending is quite as I expected, but that’s fine. I had a good time reading this book.