Review: The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

From Goodreads:

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: 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.

This one started quite slow for me. I felt like nothing happened for the first 30-40% of the book. I didn’t find any of the characters likable and to be honest, I figured out the main twist pretty early on. HOWEVER, the last 10% or so of the book was phenomenal and I was reading as fast as I could to try to get all the other twists and turns figured out. I do feel like there was some unanswered questions and plot holes, but I would still recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and twisty suspense. This would be a fun beach read or book club book! I know a lot of people liked this one, but it was just okay for me. Felt a little too predictable until the end and it also kind of bugs me that the description makes Alice & Beth out to be a lot closer than they were in the book. What did you think?

Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for the e-arc. The First Mistake is out now!

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