The First Mistake

The First Mistake

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From Sandie Jones, author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and USA Today Bestseller, The Other Woman, comes an addictive new domestic suspense audiobook about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: When Alice met Beth, her best friend, it was the icing on the cake. A friend without judgement, to celebrate with, commiserate with, Beth is the most trustworthy and loyal person that Alice knows. So when Nathan starts disappearing for stretches of time, Alice turns to Beth. But soon, she begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced…

Praise for The Other Woman:

"One of the most twisted and entertaining plots."—Reese Witherspoon

"A perfect beach read."—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Whiplash-inducing."—New York Times Book Review

"Such fun you'll cheer [Emily's] chutzpah."—PEOPLE

"This thriller will hit close to home."—Refinery29

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250220738
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 426,952
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.01(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

SANDIE JONES has worked as a freelance journalist for more than twenty years and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly, and the Daily Mail. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman was her debut novel.

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CHAPTER 1

"Sophia, let's go," I call out from the hall. "Livvy, where's your homework?"

She huffs and rushes off to the kitchen. "I thought you'd put it in my bag."

"I'm your mother, not your slave. And besides, you're eight now, you should be taking more responsibility." I'm exasperated, though in truth, I'd happily pack her school bag for another ten years if it meant I could hang on to my baby who, it seems, has disappeared within a blink of an eye. How had I lost that time?

"Here," she exclaims. "Have you got my swimming cap?"

"Olivia! Oh, for God's sake, is it swimming today?"

She sticks one hip out to the side and rests her hand on the other, with all the sassiness of her fifteen-year-old sister. "Er, yeah, it's Wednesday."

"Run upstairs quickly, look in your top drawer. I'll count to five and you need to be back down here. Sophia, we're going." I'm shouting by the end of the sentence.

What my elder daughter does up there I don't know. Every day it seems to take her five minutes longer to straighten her hair, scribe the black kohl under her eye, inflate her lips with self-plumping lip gloss or whatever else it is she uses. She looks undeniably gorgeous when she does eventually appear, but is it all really necessary, for school?

"I can't find it," Olivia calls out.

"We're late," I shout, before huffing up the stairs. I feel a heaviness in my chest, a spring tightly coiled, as I rifle desperately through her socks and knickers. "If I find it in here ..." I say, never finishing the sentence, because I'm not quite sure what I'm threatening. "Did you wear it last week?"

"Yes," she says quietly, aware of my mood.

"Well, do you remember bringing it home?"

"Yes, definitely," she says confidently, knowing that any other response will have me blowing a gasket.

The grip on my chest releases as I spot the matte rubber cap in the back corner of the drawer. "Great," I say under my breath, before adding as I run down the stairs, "Livvy, you really do need to wake up. Sophia, we're getting in the car."

"I'm coming," she shouts back indignantly, as if she's said it three times already. With her music playing that loudly, how would anyone ever know?

She skulks into the passenger seat of the car and instantly pulls down the sun visor to inspect herself in the mirror as we drive.

"Haven't you just spent the past hour doing that?" I ask.

She tuts and flicks it back up with as much attitude as it will allow.

"What time will you be home tonight?" I ask, ten minutes later, as I lean across and offer my cheek. She kisses it reluctantly, which she's only just started doing again, since we struck a deal to park slightly farther away from school.

"There's a maths revision class, so I'll probably go to that," she says. "What's for tea?"

We've just had breakfast, are at least four hours away from lunch, and she wants to know what's for tea? I do a mental scan of the fridge. It doesn't look too healthy. I might be able to rustle up a pasta dish, at best.

"What would you like?" I smile.

She shrugs her shoulders. "Don't mind. Something nice?"

I pull her toward me and kiss the top of her head. "Go on, go. I'll pop into Marks and Spencer if I get time."

She smiles and gets out of the car. "See you, divvy Livvy."

"Bye poo face," giggles her little sister from the back seat.

I put the window down as we drive past her and call out, but she's already locked into her phone, unseeing and unhearing of everything else around her. "Look up," I say to her silently. "You'll never know what you might miss."

Olivia and I do a light jog into school, which isn't easy in these heels. "I love you," I say, as she rushes off to join a playground game of netball without looking back.

"Mrs. Davies, can I have a word?" calls out Miss Watts from across the playground. I purposely avoid eye contact. I don't have time for this. I look at my watch to let her know I'm under pressure.

"Sorry, it won't take a minute," she says. "Would you like to come into the classroom?"

I look at my watch again. "I'm running late, can we do it here?"

"Of course. It's just that ..." She looks around surreptitiously, but it's early enough not to have too many other parents within earshot. "It's just that we had a little incident yesterday, in the playground."

My heart lurches and I can feel my brow furrowing. "What kind of incident?" I ask, forcing myself to stay calm.

The teacher rests a reassuring hand on my arm, though it feels anything but. "Oh, it's nothing serious," she says. "Just a falling-out between a few of the girls." She rolls her eyes. "You know how girls can be."

"Was Olivia involved?" I ask.

"Apparently so. There were just a few nasty words bandied about, and Phoebe Kendall says that Olivia threatened not to play with her anymore. I'm sure it was nothing more than playground antics, but Phoebe was a little upset by it."

I imagine she was. "Olivia didn't mention anything last night. Did you speak to her?"

"I had a quiet word yesterday," she says, looking around again before continuing in a hushed tone. "It's just that it isn't the first time that Olivia has been involved in an altercation of this type."

I look at her, trying to read what's going on behind her eyes. "Oh" is all I can manage.

Miss Watts leans in closer. "She's normally such a bright and bubbly child, eager to be friends with everyone, but these past few weeks ..."

I rack my brain, wondering what's changed things. "I'll talk to her — see what's going on."

"Perhaps it would be useful to come in for a chat," she says, tilting her head to one side. Her condescending smile reminds me of a therapist I once had. The one who asked me to close my eyes and imagine I was lying on a deserted beach, with the sun warming my skin and the gentle waves lapping at my feet.

I hadn't gone back. Treating me like a five-year-old didn't work then, and it certainly isn't going to work now.

"I'd be happy to see you and Mr. Davies after school today if you're available?" Miss Watts goes on.

"I'm afraid Nathan ... Mr. Davies is away on business. He's flying back this afternoon."

"Ah, okay then, perhaps another time," she says. "I'm sure it's nothing to worry about, just something we need to keep our eye on."

"Of course," I say before turning on my heels and instantly bumping into a group of girls playing hopscotch. "I'll talk to her tonight."

I make my apologies to the disgruntled children as I tiptoe over brightly painted numbers on the tarmac.

"Wow, you look a bit done-up for this time in the morning," calls out Beth, as she streaks past me in trainers and go-faster Lycra with her daughter Millie trailing behind.

"Hey, gorgeous girl," I say to the petulant-looking eight-year-old. "What's up?"

"She got up late," Millie replies, as she rolls her eyes theatrically toward her mother. "And now we're all paying for it."

Beth turns around and pokes her tongue out at the both of us. "Let me drop this little madam off and I'll walk out with you."

I tap my watch. "I'm running late," I say after her. "I'll catch you later." But she's already gone and is depositing Millie in the playground. I start walking out, knowing that within seconds she'll be at my side.

"So where are you off to all dressed up?" she asks, half-accusingly, as she catches up with me. I look down at my black skirt; granted, it is a little tight. And my red top; perhaps a little low. But my jacket goes some way to covering me up. Suddenly conscious of what Miss Watts might have thought, I pull it closed.

"Do I have to be going somewhere to make an effort?" I laugh lightly, though Olivia is still nagging at my brain.

"Anything other than pajamas or gym gear is abnormal at this time of day," Beth says. "So yes, you looking like that, when us mere mortals haven't even had time to brush our teeth, is really not fair, and most definitely shouldn't be allowed."

"It's just my normal work attire," I say. "Nothing out of the ordinary."

My face flushes and she raises her eyebrows. Who am I trying to kid?

"I believe you, even if a thousand others wouldn't," she says, giving me a wink.

I smile, though I feel the heat rise in my cheeks. "Did you hear anything about the girls falling out yesterday?"

She looks at me nonplussed and shakes her head. "No, why, what happened?"

"Miss Watts just told me that a few of them had a bit of a ding-dong. It seems Phoebe and Livvy were involved. I just wondered if Millie had said anything to you about it."

"No, but I can ask her if you like."

"Probably best not to make a big thing of it for the moment," I say. "I'll wait and see if Livvy mentions it."

"Okay. You still on for tomorrow night?"

"Definitely! Nathan's back today and already knows he's on babysitting duties."

"That's what I like to hear," she says, laughing. "A man who knows his place."

"Where do you fancy going?" I ask. "Uptown or do you want to stay local? There's a new place that's just opened in Soho. Nathan went there with a client and raved about it."

"I don't mind, could give it a try. Though saying that, I don't get paid for another three days, so if it's expensive, I might have to save it until after payday."

"No worries, it'll be my treat," I say, and see her eyes momentarily narrow. I bite my tongue and immediately wish I could suck the words back in. I'd hate for her to think I'm being patronizing, but I'd genuinely like to help. It takes a little longer for my brain to catch up with my mouth and realize that she might appreciate a handout for something more worthwhile than an over-priced meal in a fancy restaurant.

"Don't be silly," she says finally, and I let out a sigh of relief. "Why don't we do a pizza night tomorrow and go uptown next week?"

"Sounds like a plan," I say.

CHAPTER 2

"So, are we going for the burgundy and gold for the drawing room at Belmont House?" I ask the team around me, as they contemplate the mood boards in front of them.

"I've tried working up a royal blue, with white accents," says Lottie, our junior designer, as she absently chews on the end of a pencil. "But it doesn't look nearly as decadent as the burgundy."

"Great," I say, gathering up the loose papers that I'd strewn over the table during the meeting. "So, let's present them with that and see what they think. Is there anything else?"

"I've just got a few accounting queries," pipes up Matt, "but they can wait until Nathan's back from Japan."

I look at my watch and my breath quickens. "He's due to land in the next hour or so, all being well. If he makes good time, he might pop in. Are you sure it can wait until tomorrow if he doesn't?"

"Yeah, course," says Matt. "It's nothing urgent."

"Okay, so if that's all?" I ask, looking around at the nodding heads.

"Can I have a quick word?" says Lottie, hanging back as the rest of the team file out.

"Sure." I smile. "What's up?"

"I just wondered if I'd be able to come to the meeting at Belmont House with you tomorrow?"

I consider it for a moment.

"It's just that I've got loads of ideas, and I really feel I could bring something to the table." She looks at me, her mouth agape at the faux pas she thinks she's made. "Not that there's anything wrong with what's already on the table," she rushes on. "It's all on there, and then some, and then you've wrapped it up in a big gold bow and put the Alice Davies signature on it ..." She's rambling, and I wait with raised eyebrows.

"I can't see why not," I say, when she stops to take a breath. "In fact, you can lead it, if you like."

An involuntary squeal escapes from her mouth that I pretend not to hear, even though it makes me smile.

I can't help but marvel at how far she's come in the short time she's worked here. She was as quiet as a mouse when she first joined AT Designs, barely able to look anyone in the eye. I remember asking at her interview where she saw herself in ten years' time, and she'd meekly whispered, "Sitting in your chair." The juxtaposition of her manner and her words had almost made me spit my coffee out. She had got the job on that alone.

She'd been almost mute for a week, just nodding and shaking her head at pertinent times, but I knew she was in there somewhere. I'd seen it, though Nathan refused to believe me.

"I'm telling you, you picked the wrong candidate," he'd said over dinner after her second day. "We need someone with something about them — she's not even going to be able to interact with clients."

I'd smiled and shaken my head. "She's young and shy, but she's quietly ambitious and has a real flair for interior design. She reminds me of someone I used to know."

He'd smiled ruefully. "I give her two weeks."

Six months later and she's truly come out of her shell. She's not only able to interact with clients, but is working on one or two small projects by herself.

"I won't say, 'I told you so,'" I'd whispered to Nathan under my breath when she presented her ideas on a new restaurant concept we were pitching for last week.

"Smartarse." He'd smiled, his blue eyes not leaving Lottie.

There was no denying that I felt a tiny sense of satisfaction at getting one over on Nathan. Our friendly competitiveness was part of who we were, whether it be in work, a game of tennis, or playing charades with the girls. But the overriding emotion was one of relief; that in Lottie I might have found a protégé who could take the pressure off me. Nathan was, is, brilliant at keeping the business side of the company ticking over. It's in better shape now than it's ever been. But, until Lottie joined, I was the only creative, and to have someone to fall back on, to take the heat off, has meant that I've slept a little easier at night.

Although he's not one to admit defeat, Nathan obviously concedes that having Lottie around is making a difference, as just before he left for Japan he'd championed her for a pay rise.

* * *

"She's worth her weight in gold," he'd said, as he stood in the hall with his holdall in his hand. "You should have seen her in the meeting with Langley Kitchens. She had them eating out the palm of her hand."

"Er, you don't have to tell me," I had said, laughing. "I'm the one who told you, remember."

"If I'd thought of it sooner, I'd have asked her to accompany me to Japan."

"Really?" I was taken aback, even though I couldn't quite work out why. It had been my choice not to go.

"It's not too late if you want to come with me," he'd said gently, taking me in his arms.

"Don't be ridiculous." I had pulled away, my heart hammering through my chest. "Of course I can't, I've got the children to think about."

"Your mum would have them at a drop of a hat, you know she would."

My mind had frantically run through what I'd have to go through to get on that plane with him. My breath caught in my throat as panic crept through every nerve fiber, tingling the tips of my fingers.

"We've discussed this," I'd snapped.

"I'm just saying that there's still time," he'd said as he pulled away from me. "That's all."

"I'll see you on Wednesday," I replied. "Enjoy yourself."

"How can I if you're not with me?" he'd said forlornly.

"It's Japan, how can you not?"

"Be good," he'd said with a wink as he walked toward his car on the drive.

"Call me as soon as you land, won't you?"

When I didn't hear from him, I frantically rang his mobile every few minutes as the horror stories played out in my mind. The plane had crashed, Japan had had an earthquake, there was a tsunami. By the time I'd eventually reached him, I'd convinced myself that there wasn't even a remote possibility that he was still alive.

"Oh my God," I'd cried, when he eventually picked up. "Are you okay?"

"I'm so sorry, darling," he'd said in a gruff voice, as if I'd just woken him from a deep slumber. "I took a call as soon as I got off the plane and when I got to the hotel I crashed out for a few hours."

"I thought something had happened to you," I said, still with a slight hysterical lilt to my voice, though my chest had stopped hurting.

"I didn't mean to worry you," he said patiently. "I'm absolutely fine."

I could hear ice cubes clinking in a glass.

"Are you all set for the big meeting tomorrow?" I'd asked. "Got everything you need?"

"Yep, Lottie's sent it across and I've got all your mock-ups here. I'll chat through the scheme with them and make sure we're all singing from the same hymn sheet."

"Even if we're not, I'm prepared to compromise," I said, laughing nervously. "I really want this, Nathan. This deal will put us up there with the big boys."

"Where you deserve to be."

"Where we deserve to be."

"AT Designs is your baby," he'd said. "It was your and Tom's vision that started this whole thing."

"That may be so, but having you beside me these past few years has made it the success it is today. I just know we can go even further."

"It's a massive ask, Alice. Are you absolutely sure you can take it on?"

I'd known what he was implying, and allowed the enormity of the task to wash over me. I sat with that feeling for a little while, like I had a hundred times before, waiting to see how it would present itself.

"It's twenty-eight apartments," he'd continued, as if reading my thoughts. "Our biggest job by a long way. Do you honestly think you can handle it?"

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Dedication,
Prologue,
Part 1: Present Day,
Part 2: Nine Years Earlier,
Part 3: Present Day,
Epilogue,
Acknowledgments,
Also by Sandie Jones,
About the Author,
Copyright,

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Anonymous 11 months ago
Bravo...Applause to Sandie Jones author of last year’s smash best seller "The Other Woman" for her second novel "The First Mistake." Thank you to Minotaur Books for the advanced reader copy of this book. I immensely enjoyed this fantastic, absorbing thriller. I literally thought I had the storyline of the novel figured out twice, but was completely wrong both times. Two stories that diverge into one surprisingly twisted ending, which totally blew me away! The First Mistake is an exciting, delicious and highly addictive read. An excellent domestic thriller to put on your summer reading list. Book Synopsis: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house. Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved. Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I+absolutely+loved+The+Other+Woman+and+had+high+expectations+for+The+First+Mistake.+I+was+not+disappointed%21+This+book+was+wonderful+and+kept+me+guessing.+
Sescilj 21 days ago
I really enjoyed this romance story full of mystery and plot twist between Alice and Nathan. Kept me in suspense until the end to piece it all together.
seasaltdaydreams 4 months ago
I went into the First Mistake with no real knowledge of the plot. I assumed by the way that it was marketed and the plot of the Other Woman, that it was a domestic thriller, and I was partially right. This book confused me so much. I had the hardest time keeping track of who was speaking and what year it was. The first few chapters really dragged for me, and by the time I was interested, I felt completely lost. The characters also really annoyed me. Alice, arguably the protagonist, I went back and forth on. She was sympathetic but dumb, really, really dumb. She was too dumb, all things considered. And Beth, her best friend, just drove me crazy. She was not only the epitome of dumb but also of rude, and I had zero sympathy for her the entire book. The First Mistake was definitely a quick read for me, but it lacked the substance or shock value that would have made it quality.
seasaltdaydreams 4 months ago
I went into the First Mistake with no real knowledge of the plot. I assumed by the way that it was marketed and the plot of the Other Woman, that it was a domestic thriller, and I was partially right. This book confused me so much. I had the hardest time keeping track of who was speaking and what year it was. The first few chapters really dragged for me, and by the time I was interested, I felt completely lost. The characters also really annoyed me. Alice, arguably the protagonist, I went back and forth on. She was sympathetic but dumb, really, really dumb. She was too dumb, all things considered. And Beth, her best friend, just drove me crazy. She was not only the epitome of dumb but also of rude, and I had zero sympathy for her the entire book. The First Mistake was definitely a quick read for me, but it lacked the substance or shock value that would have made it quality.
LC112648LC 6 months ago
The First Mistake .... My first book I have read by Sandie. It was good but a little hard to figure out - especially the ending made me wonder what the heck happened, So all in all it kept me reading - but too involved a plot and confusing at times. I have her other book the Other Woman. I hope it's not quite as confusing and at times slow. Like I said - kept me picking up the book but too involved and confusting to give it higher than 3 stars.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed the latest domestic / psychological thriller from the author of The Other Woman. The book follows Alice, a mom and business woman who is married to her second husband after the tragic death of her first. I loved the format of the book (dual timeline and dual perspective) and felt as if the writing kept the plot easy to follow. The characters were well developed and likable, albeit, in my opinion, a bit unrealistic (which does not bother me at all in a work of fiction!). The pacing is perfect and I found myself truly unable to put this one down. The cover is beautiful and intriguing. I did not see what was coming towards the end of the book and was thoroughly entertained by this gem of a story!
Mbhills 6 months ago
This was an interesting thriller. It is told mainly from Alice’s point of view. She is owner of her own design company and tragically lost her husband years ago. She has a very hard time dealing with her husband's death but loves the company she was able to start with his inheritance. Since than she has remarried to a supportive husband named Nathan and has a second daughter with him. Then one day her world comes crashing down. Her friend Beth is there for her but there is more to Beth than just a supportive friend. The second part of the book is Beth’s story. I did kind of figure out what was really going on although the author kept me guessing. I kept revising my idea of who was really behind everything. My one complaint was the end. This was an advanced copy which I was thankful to read so maybe there will be more. However I feel like I was left hanging a little. Overall, a good read!
Bookish_Anki 6 months ago
This is a must read & if you don’t like thrillers or haven’t read any yet then read this one. The First Mistake is a addictive domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend. When you are in few pages, I thought I have figured what gonna happen at the end but as I kept turning the pages I was so wrong, forget about the end I didn’t have a clue as to what will happen next, which way is it going to go. My head was ringing halfway through, all the shocking secrets hitting me from left right & centre, how can an author do this so brilliantly that we end up wanting for more. I loved all the characters in the story before they started being duplicitious, atleast that’s what I thought. I thought Alice has it all; good husband Nathan, profit-making business, children, nice house, best friend Beth and when the first secret is out, it was shocking & couldn’t wrap my head around it, I was like ok didn’t see this one coming I was worried about something else entirely but few pages and suddenly there is another shocking twist & then another. There was so much suspense built up with so many secrets out, I got confused as to which dots to connect logically & I still tried but there were missing pieces to it which I knew would only be found at the end so I was desperately turning page after page just so I could just know how did all this happen and then there it was towards the end ,puzzle solved. When I read a good book, it gives me so much satisfaction that I put my mind and time on something so great I have not read any book so far with so much suspense, so many twists in one book & I just had to wait till the end to find the answers. The narration was the best part even though there was so much happening with the characters, it just led me in reading it in one sitting Thank you Minotaur Books for gifting me this copy.
Doreena Silva 7 months ago
First thank you to Minotaur Books for this ARC. I wish I would have read it sooner. Oh MY Gosh!!! What an awesome book! What happens when you think you have the perfect idyllic life? hmmm you never know, but it's what you do about it that counts. Lots of ups and downs in this thriller, I couldn't read it fast enough. I will definitely be reading more from and following this author Sandie Jones.
AOMullan44 7 months ago
The First Mistake”is a domestic suspense novel and the very first book I’ve read by Sandie Jones. Like many others, I was a little hesitant about reading it because of the intense plot and storyline. That being said, once I started this book I couldn’t put it down. The story pulled me right in, completely held my attention, and even surprised me by some of the twists and turns of the plot! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of reading this book. “The First Mistake” is divided into three parts. Part 1 is from Alice’s point of view and it takes place in the present. Alice is living a normal domestic live. She’s found happiness once again after her first husband Tom’s accidental death on a skiing trip. She is now married to Nathan who is a very encouraging and supportive husband and father. Nathan helps Alice run the design business that was originally started by Tom’s inheritance. Although Alice still holds onto Tom and his memory, she has managed to move forward and tries to be a good, attentive mother to her two daughters. Her fear of losing someone again holds her emotionally captive and often prevents her from doing normal things like traveling. Nathan works alongside Alice in her business and continually encourages her to broaden out but because of her fears he often travels alone. He has just arranged a new deal that will allow the business to grow and extend into new markets. Just as Alice begins to believe that she can be strong and happy once again and even travel to Japan to close the deal, Nathan starts acting suspiciously. Alice starts to believe that Nathan may not be the man she thinks he is when three strange events make her doubt his loyalty. Alice turns to her best friend Beth looking for advice but Beth isn’t as supportive or as understanding as expected. By the time Part 1 comes to a close, Alice realizes that the people she has relied on and trusted might have been betraying her all along. She is so confused by all the odd behavior and strange occurrences that she even begins to question the circumstances around her first husband’s death and wonders if he too was disloyal. As Part 1 ends, Alice feels completely betrayed and doesn’t know if she should trust anyone. Part 2 takes place nine to 10 years in the past and it’s from Beth’s point of view. Beth was young and working as a school teacher. She was born to wonderful, supportive parents who gave her everything she could ever want. Her father owned and ran very successful restaurants and Beth had a very close relationship with him. She spent a lot of time with her father on their boat and in the restaurants. When her father suddenly died Beth was lost. Thankfully she and her mother were financially secure. When Beth meets a man named Tom she falls in love. Although he was often away on business, he seemed supportive and protective of Beth. Beth sensed that at times circumstances were off and sometimes even strange but she’s was so happily in love with Tom that she dismissed her suspicions. Just as Beth felt that her life was perfect, she discovered her boyfriend leaving her home with another woman. Then, Tom completely disappeared. Not only did Beth find herself alone and pregnant, she came to the realization that Tom also left her and her mother financially destitute and emotionally broken. Part 3 is once again in the present and it’s from both Alice’s and Beth’s point of view. I found the use of both points of view very interesting and helpful in understan
Elena_L 7 months ago
Honestly, The Other woman wasn't for me. Nevertheless, THE FIRST MISTAKE didn't disappoint. The beginning was quite a slow burn and I wasn't invested in the story. However keep going because the plot really get engaging and it becomes unputdownable. I enjoyed the writing style which was fluid and easy. My initial impression of the characters was that they were annoying - but the fact that this book was mainly plot-driven made me think where the story was heading. While I can't say any more without giving spoilers, this thriller is full of twists and turns. Finally, the ending is utterly jaw dropping. I recommend it! [I received an ARC from Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review]
Anonymous 7 months ago
the book was ok. Little slow and predictable in the first half till you get to the end. And hard to figure out the ending. Left me wondering
Anonymous 7 months ago
An excellent example of how a great author can take a story line that has been utilized many, many times and give it new life to become a mystery/ thriller that will keep you up reading! Sandie Jones gives us two women who have been friends for a long time and sets them into a troubled marriage. As one confide in the other, the story sets us up to believe the "friend' may not have the best motives. Yes, the plot sounds familiar, but you really need to read this one for yourself to figure out at what point everyone's story changes.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Sandie Jones' The First Mistake is a unique and surprisingly unputdownable suspense novel. It follows the life of Alice and those closest to her: her husband Nathan, deceased husband Tom, best friend Beth, and her two daughters Olivia and Sophia. The story starts innocently enough and Jones creates characters that you instantly care about. I can't say much more because I don't want to give anything away but trust me this one is filled with great twists, solid writing, and complicated characters to where you don't know who you want to root for most. Maybe it's because I read too many reviews about this one before going in but I sort of figured the plot out pretty early on so I missed out on that big reveal. But there were still other twists that really got me and I loved when the story went to Beth's perspective. I really liked this one! It was an easy read, quick, exciting, everything you want in a good suspense
Amanda_Dickens 8 months ago
So many twists and turns. I had no idea what was going on, but in the best way. While I did pick up on some foreshadowing I had no idea how it was going to play into the story. The characters a well developed and felt like real people. I was emotionally attached to the outcome for all of them. The writing style was impressive. To be able to have such unique point of views and to bouncy around in the past and current time and to still keep the fluidity of the storyline is impressive. The pacing was great, never a lull or dull page. I was so intrigued that I finished this book as fast as I could. I would recommend this to anyone. Those that are well seasoned thriller readers like myself, and those that are new to the genre.
MeganLeprich 8 months ago
Thank you so much to Minotaur Books for the copy of this book in exchange for my review! I went into this book without having read Sandie Jone’s first novel (unlike the rest of the world) so I had no idea what to expect or what I was getting myself into. I was not expecting all of the whip-lashing twists and turns and the constant guessing game of who’s right and who’s wrong. The story is told from two different characters, Alice and Beth, and I’m glad that you got to hear the backstory with Beth and what was going on in the present tense with both of them. Parts of this book were completely predictable while other parts were throwing me for a loop. I thought I had everything figured out around page 108 but I was way wrong when the book threw another twist at me. The dialogue between the characters kept me engaged in the story and I loved each of them for their own reasons, even the “bad” characters. This is a very fast domestic thriller and I honestly finished it in less than 12 hours. I now feel like I need to pick up her first novel The Other Woman and devour that one as well!
Savingsinseconds 8 months ago
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.) Having read The Other Woman, I knew that Sandie Jones would be planting some pretty major twists. I wasn’t disappointed! Surprisingly, many of the other reviewers have said they didn’t see the twists coming. I thought it was semi-predictable, more so than The Other Woman. The clues were easy to track throughout the story. It might be that I had considered several different possibilities, and one of them ended up being right. I wasn’t completely sure until the final pages. In The First Mistake, the main character Alice is pretty easy to relate to. Other than the fact that her house is worth a couple million dollars, she’s just an average career-focused mom. She goes home and prepares supper for her surly teen and precocious elementary-school aged daughter. I liked her, mostly, and wanted things to work out for her. Sandie Jones delivers a solid mystery in The First Mistake. I don’t think it’s really a thriller, but there’s suspense in finding the truth behind the lies.
3900980 8 months ago
I thought Sandie Jones' first book, The Other Woman, was incredibly cleaver. But after reading her second, The First Mistake, I am pretty sure this one is just masterful! The First Mistake is an addictively suspenseful story about a family who seems to have it all. Alice, the wife, married once before, finds true love again with Nathan, the second husband, who seems to emulate what she loved about her first husband, Tom. They have two children and a thriving company which they are about to take globally. Suddenly Nathan starts to act strange. In ways which Alice cannot and does not want to understand. Would he try and hurt their business? Their family? And if so why? Alice's best friend Beth is her rock. She knows all Alice's secrets. She is Alice's sounding board. Until something happens and then their friendship explodes. She can't trust Nathan and now she can't trust Beth. Alice only has herself to get her out of a mess she doesn't really even understand. How strong is she really? Can she force herself to see what she doesn't really want to? This story was incredible! There were so many twists and turns my head began to spin even as I was thinking give me more! and more! Do yourself a favor and add Sandie Jones to your must read list. You will not be disappointed.
blonde_betty 9 months ago
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones is an emotional story with great characters. I had figured out that Nathan was really Beth’s Thomas rather early on but the ending was still a surprise. It took take Alice a long time to pull up her big girl panties and take responsibility for her life. But, who knows what they would really do under the same circumstances? We tend to think we aren’t that gullible but grief tends to do a number on most of us. It's a scary world out there. Recommended! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
kaitlynspet 9 months ago
Sandie Jones's The First Mistake was a good suspenseful novel. The plot was definitely twisted. Alice is married to Nathan. Alice's best friend is Beth. Nathan seems to be having an affair and Alice turns to Beth for advice. Sounds simple, doesn't it? This story is anything but simple and has more twists and turns than a mountain road. Would definitely recommend this book.
Bookapotamus 10 months ago
Huge The Other Woman fan here. My fave thriller last year and let me tell you the anxiety runs high once again in this one. In the best possible way! I know, I know… anxiety is NOT a good thing… but when I’m so immersed in a story that it alone gives me the feels like I need to pop a xanax or two…? The thriller. Has done. It’s job. Sandie Jones has managed to bring on the nervous ticks, the deep breaths, and the high-alert paranoia once again! Alice is on husband #2 and after losing her first beloved - she finally feels like she is ready to be fully happy again. Business is great. Kids are fantastic. Beautiful house and husband… and then she meets Beth. And, well, she seems like the bestest friend one could ever want to tell all her secrets and complaints to. Until things start getting weird. And the more weird it got, the more confused I got. I had no idea what the heck was going on at one point and I was pointing fingers at every damn character in the book. And as the best thrillers go… I pointed wrong every single time.
Aqswr 10 months ago
Twisty turning tale filled with more gaslighting than usual for this genre and all of it put to good use. Author Sandie Jones offers readers a very fast book perfect for summer reading. Be careful if reading it outside; it is impossible to stop once begun and sunburn may result. I did not guess the ending and was duly surprised. This was a fun book to read. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
SerenaNJ 10 months ago
Loved this thriller and kept me turning the pages.. Loved the characters and how they intertwined in the book.
ABookwormWithWine 10 months ago