Author: Heidi Perks
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
It all started at the school fair…
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.
Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter....
This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a novel that tests the limits of friendship. The characters are relatable and well-developed, and the writing keeps you guessing. It is one thriller that fans of the genre will want to add to their TBRs this winter.
How far are you willing to go for your friends? I really enjoyed the character of Charlotte. She is your typical busy mom, albeit a bit scatter brained. Charlotte is a divorced mom who loves her kids and is well-liked in the community. The friendship that Charlotte has with introverted and odd Harriet takes a turn for the worse after she loses Harriet’s daughter at a school carnival. Once the investigation starts, Charlotte is picked apart by the media and her friends.
The story is told from dual perspectives of Charlotte and Harriet, and alternates between the before and now. Perks creates a lot of suspense as the story flips back and forth. Once readers piece together what happened to Harriet’s daughter the day of the carnival, the pace of Her One Mistake takes off and becomes hard to set down.
If mysteries and thrillers are your cup of tea, Her One Mistake is a book that you will want to try. It is a story of friendship, and has interesting characters. This book took me completely by surprise and is full of twists to keep you on your toes.