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    Nobody is who they seem to be

    Sandie Jones’ debut novel, The Other Woman, was can’t-put-it-down compelling and a great read, but she has upped her game with The First Mistake. It’s fantastic. It’s fast-paced, intense and, yes, can’t-put-it-down compelling, but it’s also full of twists and turns and characters that keep proving you wrong when you think you understand them and what motivates them. Poor Alice. She was devastated when the love of her life, Thomas, died in an accident. But she’s recovered and has a successful business and a wonderful husband, Nathan, and beautiful children. I felt so sorry for her and thought I understood her grief and the trouble she sometimes had coping. Until I didn’t. Beth. What a strong woman, raising a child on her own. How lucky Alice is to have her for a best friend. Or is she? Nathan. Just what Alice needed. But suddenly – is he really not such a great guy after all or is he being set up? And the paragon Thomas. Can anybody be that good? I thought I knew Alice but then her behavior gave me second thoughts. Then I started thinking I knew what was happening with Beth and Nathan so I started disliking Beth. Then I began to wonder about Thomas. Author Sandie Jones does a superb job of jumping from person to person and time to time, keeping us on the edge but deftly avoiding leaving us hopelessly muddled. Her transitions are excellent: Beth mentions Thomas’ name to Alice and then we immediately go to Beth’s story; we don’t wait to see any of Alice’s reaction. The suspense builds magnificently, keeping you guessing and then guessing again. This story is a ball of string, but it unwinds very smoothly and logically so that you are immersed in the story rather than feeling on the outside of something you can’t begin to follow. Each piece of string has its own story and all the strings tie together in the end. Be warned, though, the end will definitely leave you gasping. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for providing the advance copy of The First Mistake for my honest review. It is a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend without reservation.
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    A real page-turner

    Oh my, reading this book is a roller coaster of a ride. I thought it started off a little on the slow side but it soon picked up and never let down until a very surprising ending. The author did an excellent job connecting all the dots of the different story lines that were going on. I highly recommend unputdownable book to anyone who loves a good thriller. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this great book that I really enjoyed.
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    Great read, doesn't disappoint

    Sandie Jones has out done herself on The First Mistake If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would . As you start the book, there is a false sense of security for the reader who will be convinced okay I know where this is going. At least I thought that. I could not have been more wrong !! This book had twists and turns and you soon start flipping those pages to see if Alice will come out unscathed. What is Beth up to or Nathan ? Thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for the opportunity of reading The First Mistake This book will stay with you after you put down.

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