Today I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis which will be published as an eBook on 23 February, and in paperback on 29 June by Black Swan.
You trusted your best friend… you shouldn’t have.
Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.
But what she is about to learn is that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them.
When Vicky risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only one person she trusts enough to turn to, her best friend Amber.
One little lie. One little secret. One little mistake could destroy her world.
One Little Mistake is one of those novels that it’s difficult to talk about without giving too much away, so I won’t focus on the plot too much in my review.
It focuses on Vicky who makes a spur of the moment decision. Nine times out of ten, such a decision would probably have no significant impact and you’d think little more of it. Unfortunately for Vicky, her decision proves to have disastrous consequences in this instance, and she turns to her best friend, Amber, for advice. What follows shows how Vicky deals with the aftermath of this mistake, which proves to be much further reaching than she could ever have guessed.
Curtis successfully weaves together two narratives throughout One Little Mistake – the first following Vicky’s plight in the present day, and the second set 18 years earlier. Whilst the flashback scenes are few and far between, I really enjoyed these little snippets and this second story very quickly built up in tension. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I really enjoyed the second story and the way that the two narratives eventually converged.
I thought that Curtis handled the relationship between Vicky and Amber really well, and the gradual deterioration of this relationship as Amber begins to show her true colours made this an absolutely fascinating read. Vicky is pitched as one of those people for whom good things just happen. What is very apparent to the reader is that Vicky has worked hard to get where she is, and I think that it’s very easy to forget the elbow grease that people have often put in to get where they are. Amber, on the other hand, hasn’t had quite the same level of success that Vicky has experienced, and whilst they are friends, it’s clear from the outset that she is envious of many aspects of Vicky’s life and it doesn’t take much for the reader to see another side to Amber, a side that Vicky isn’t aware of.
Curtis has done a brilliant job of making Vicky easy to sympathise with. She has made mistakes, but she’s hardly alone in this, and it feels as though the punishment far outweighs the crime. I did perhaps find her to be too forgiving and perhaps a little gullible, although in this instance it made her endearing rather than frustratingly naive, as can sometimes be the case in a novel such as this.
One Little Mistake is a gripping read and builds up to a tense conclusion which, whilst not entirely unexpected in some respects, was nevertheless a dramatic, if slightly rushed, finale.
Many thanks to Rosie Margesson for providing a copy for review.
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