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  • Excellent book!

    A huge thank you to #NetGalley, #Bookoutour, and author #CareyBaldwin for providing me the ARC of #HerFirstMistake. We are witnesses to a little girl, Mia, fighting for her life digging out of a shed where she has been locked in by her mother. Then we are taken to present day where Mia is a somewhat damaged adult carrying more than her share of baggage. She has been in therapy for years, but still has problems making friends and getting close to people. She doesn't remember anything about those days when her mom would lock her in the shed to hide her when men came over. That's a good thing because I'm sure I wouldn't want to remember either. Mia tries very hard to fit in with the other teachers at the same preschool where she teaches. She believes none of them care about her. So, while she's out and about one evening she sees some of the other girls from work. Celeste, another teacher drops her keys, but doesn't notice so Mia picks them up. Just a little something to get back at them, right? THEN Celeste goes missing. Uh oh.....and Mia has had episodes of sleepwalking. At times she has even left the house on her little late night excursions. Unfortunately Mia had one of those episodes the night Celeste went missing. Now being questioned by the police she feels she has to be very careful, because even she is unsure of her innocence. Besides, she still has Celeste's keys which will make her look bad even if she is innocent. What a joy this book was to read. The plot was perfect. Fresh and imaginative would be the perfect way to describe this book. It even has all kinds of twists and turns and makes you root for some of the characters and not like others much at all. I really hope you will run out and grab this book! It will be available to buy wherever you like to buy your books on 4/30/2021. #HappyReading

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  • Read in One Day!

    My first read by Carey Baldwin but not the last! I was drawn by the blurb and it sure lived up to the hype. The prologue grabs you and the rest of the story keeps a fast pace for a great binge-read! I just could not put it down and ended up reading it in one day! Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

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  • Overall an intriguing psychological thriller that

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Her First Mistake' by Carey Baldwin. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Carey Baldwin, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 30th April 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. It was previously published with the title 'I Know What You Did', I think the new title works much better with the storyline. I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis. It also stated in the synopsis that this book is 'Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be totally addicted to Her First Mistake.' I am a huge fan of 'The Girl On The Train' and 'Gone Girl' so am looking forward to see if it lives up to this. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue, 43 chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is based in San Diego, USA 🇺🇸. This book is written in third person perspective with the main protagonist being Mia Thornton. The benefits of third person perspective are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. This book is very well written and the vivid descriptions completely absorb the reader from beginning to end. The cover and synopsis work well with the storyline. The storyline is absolutely captivating as well as realistic. Throughout the storyline I kept questioning myself on what I thought was going on and was completely blown out of the water when I discovered who was actually behind everything. A huge congratulations is in order to Casey, its getting harder and harder to shock me and just when I thought I had sussed it all out BANG I was completely blind sighted! The storyline was packed full of mystery, suspense, lies and was an excellent psychological thriller. The only thing I will say is that there was an awful lot going on with two characters which I would have like to have read more about, I don't really want to say who I mean as it might go towards spoiling it for readers when finding out what happened but it did seem like more was going to come of their story and then didn't. The storyline was quite unique in what Mia was going through and I would be interested in reading more of Carey's books. It is also quite thought provoking and makes you wonder what you would do in Mia's position and also makes you realise how one small thing can make such a huge difference. The characters were strong, well defined and realistic. I am still not sure how I felt towards Mia though. There were times I really felt sorry for her especially with how cruel the teachers were bullying her in the book club session, I really felt for her. However, at other times she went from being this strong woman who I praised for her strength and determination and then completely flipping personalities to somebody who was quite weak and needy. Overall though I did feel sorry for what she went through and continued to go through and it can't have been nice for her to have such big gaps in her memory. I also felt sympathy towards another character mentioned right at the end who was judged wrongly by other characters as well as myself. I won't say who again due to spoiling things but once read I'm sure you will know who I mean. Overall an intriguing psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes. Genres covered in this book include Psychological Fiction, Thriller, Suspense and Psychological Thriller amongst others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of 'Girl On The Train', 'Gone Girl' and anyone looking for an action packed psychological thriller. 315 pages. This book is just 99p to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! Rated 4/5 (I enjoyed it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook.

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  • A thrilling psychological thriller

    Her First Mistake is a compelling and powerful read that commands your attention right from the harrowing prologue. After I read that, I had to put the book down to get my heart rate back to its normal rhythm before I could continue! Carey Baldwin has crafted an intriguing and interesting tale that will have you on the edge of your seat. It is such a tense read, my knuckles were white as I held on to my kindle for dear life not wanting to miss a single word! Mia is such a unique and complex character and had me feeling a whole range of emotions. She has been very well crafted and brought to life so well. She is quite a memorable character and will stay with me for a long time to come. This is the first book I have read from Carey Baldwin and it won’t be my last. I loved her writing, which is so engaging and how it drew me in. I was entangled in its pages and caught up in the story, my head spinning at each twist and turn. A gripping story that will have you compelled to read just one more chapter, I found myself unable to stop until I was done! A thrilling read from start to finish, Her First Mistake is a must read for psychological thriller fans.

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  • Too long

    Had to force myself to finish it even though I had already guessed the ending. Very long drawn out with a totally unbelievable plot.

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