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You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything....

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later he is found dead.

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, whom she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him...and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger....

The Mistake is a completely gripping thriller that will keep you up all night, from the top 10 best-selling author of Blink, Liar and Safe with Me. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

©2017 K. L. Slater (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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How much do we really know about the ones we love?

I loved this story. It starts with a young, naive girl who falls for the first boy who shows her attention. His manipulation slowly makes her distance herself from her family and friends. Then when something bad happens, he’s the one they blame. But is he really guilty? Just when I thought I had it figured out, the end threw me for a loop. I read/listened to this book in just a few days because I just couldn’t put it down!

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Lots of mistakes by main character.....

This is worth the credit as it was suspenseful and I really liked the very end. However (spoiler alert) I did want to throttle the main character through most of the book for being so meek, naive, and obtuse.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Really loved this book. Loved narrator too.

I've just started writing my reviews. This book held my interest throughout. It was a great escape yet not silly. Just a good, entertaining book with lots of twists and turns.

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Surprising

Not the greatest story ever, but it does keep you guessing. Every time I was sure I knew who the murder was, something disproved them. In the end I was surprised.

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Hard to stop listening

The narrator was spot on and not annoying at all. I got on edge a couple times due to the main character's lack of sense but hey that was the intent to keep you listening and hoping that one day she will be smart enough to realize the truth. would definitely reccommend. I did not see the end coming!!!

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it was worth it

there were times when I found the main character to be annoying... And it was a little confusing at first with the going back and jumping forward.... but in the end it was a good story. I would definitely read more from this writer and I would definitely like to hear more from this narrator.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 12-02-17

Couldn't Wait To Continue Listening

K.L. Slater is definitely one of my favourite authors. Does she have a rhythm to her novels? Yes. Does she follow a formula? Yes. After reading her books do you come to know what to expect? Yes. Are all of these things good when combined? Absolutely!

The Mistake deals with Rose, 16 years ago and present. Her brother was abducted and murdered, and her best friend was raped, and she had a horrible boyfriend experience around 16 years ago. Presently she is rather depressed and alone in the world with a job that's hanging by a thread. Her whole world becomes unraveled when she finds a key piece of evidence in her brother's murder which doesn't point to the suspect who was convicted of the crime.

Lucy Price Lewis does an amazing job as narrator of this psychological thriller which doesn't disappoint. I was engulfed in the story from beginning to end. I will look forward to her next thriller!

-Wendi

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-10-18

Buying The Mistake was my mistake!

This novel is boring and tiring. The Mistake is my third K .L Slater novel and the second consecutive bad one.

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  • suzanne
  • Portland, OregonUnited States
  • 01-12-18

Conflicted.....some good elements But

Had some problems with the protagonist. I first had to think she was Extremely naive or stupid, then as an adult, so damaged as to be, unable to process information. That become a frustration for me and I actually started to hope the killer would put her out of her misery! It just missed being a good book and I did listen to the implausible, end.....

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Hard lesson learned

I loved this book, it was well narrated and the way that they did the flashbacks as chapters was quite helpful. You definitely have to look before you leap.

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  • michelle christie
  • 11-29-17

great listen

I really enjoyed this book. the story flowed and seemed to happen quite organically. Not entirely unbelievable

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 12-01-17

A Tragic Coming of Age

K L Slater is making a name for herself writing what I would describe as relatively low-key psychological dramas and infusing them with quality writing and believable characters. This one is no exception, the whole thing revolves around the death of a young boy and the flawed relationships that surrounded his life in an old pit village.

It's a dual timeline story split between the present day and the events leading up to the tragedy some sixteen years earlier. Rose, a slightly awkward teenager struggling to come of age meets an older man Gareth triggering a tragic series of events. It's a very human drama, it's not full of action and it doesn't have any real blood or gore and minimal violence.

Powered by Lucy Price-Lewis;s classy narration it's a listen that simply washes over you with quality writing. Price-Lewis is a smooth and classy performer though judging by her accents in this one I think she should probably avoid books set down under!

In all I'd rate this more a drama than an out and out thriller but it kept me entertained in a smooth and accomplished fashion. It signals the danger of controlling relationships particularly set against the hardships felt by former mining communities. It's say the other side of what most young people might have faced compared to Billy Elliot!

No hesitation in recommending it if you like low-key mystery thrillers based on flawed human relationships.

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  • Jo Ridley
  • 12-23-17

a clever read

i really enjoyed this book. i liked the way it was set out and you really felt like you knew the characters.

I had my suspect nearing the end but i was wrong what always pleases me.

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  • Ms. Sl Wilson-dickson
  • 12-09-17

The mistake indeed

I think maybe the book was ok but the narrator was irritating and I felt so bored by the combination of both that droned on and on that I had to abandon half way through and fast forward to the last chapter to see the conclusion to save myself another few hours of my brains mental capacity having its time wasted. Not fast moving enough basically not gripping enough. Not saying it was terrible and not sure if it was the narration that caused my issue or the plot...but narration certainly didn’t help me. It’s a matter of taste. Others may love it for the same reasons I didn’t but I got a refund

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  • Janet biglari
  • 12-07-17

Disappointing

I have a real problem with the females in K L Slater's books, they are so spineless and portrayed as helpless victims. Rose in this latest book needed a shake, she was so wet I got totally fed up of the dialogue which was on a loop about her she was disempowered and helpless. I think I will give this author a miss in future unless some more gutsy females are portrayed.

In spite of the characters I thought the narration was good, and I did enjoy the twist at the end.

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  • Deb.
  • 04-22-18

slow

Istruggled to get through this,i didn't like the narrator at all and it seemed very monotone.

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  • Radioman
  • 04-13-18

Spoilt ending

Well told but poorly finished. The weak ending threw away an otherwise good novel. Such a shame.

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  • Amy
  • 04-13-18

Brilliant book

This was a gripping book from start to finish. Performance was flawless. Very accurate tale of grooming (I was groomed as a 15 year old) and I’ve never found such an accurate story as this one.

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  • Carla Baker
  • 04-01-18

Gripping Story

I was gripped from the beginning, really good storyline, didn’t expect the ending so well written

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  • sharlene lewis
  • 04-01-18

Great read

You won’t be disappointed and the bit at the end really brought it all together in a satisfying climax

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  • Geneva Batten
  • 04-10-18

Overall a good read!

An interesting storyline with a likeable protagonist. Unfortunately the Australian accent used for one character is absolutely horrendous and cringeworthy to listen to! (The character wouldn't even have an Australian accent, having moved there as an adult...).

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  • Hans
  • 03-09-18

Excellent study of mental afflictions woven through a thrilling storyline

Roses’ acceptance and understanding of her condition is centre piece to a great story intertwined with fascinatingly flawed characters that we can easily relate to.
Excellent narration although the Aussie/Kiwi accent needs work.
Definitely worth getting through a slow start, as you will be fully engrossed before too long!

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  • Annette Hart
  • 03-08-18

yes it truly will be if you buy it!

terrible plot, poor story and characters and an extremely monotonous boring voice to add even more pain to your ears. I kept hoping it would get better, but sadly not..... don’t make the mistake I did in buying this - get an espresso martini instead

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

very dissppointing

Too many errors. Both story and narrator. Took away from storyline. Found myself waiting for more.

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  • charmayne.conduit
  • 02-10-18

Long winded

This book, although a great story, was very strung out. The twist was at the very end of the book. It just seems to finish, and didn’t match the story well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-18

yeah nah yeah

a few 'mistakes' in the story, says brother is strangled when he is suffocated, florist writes time of sale 3.26pm on a hand written receipt,!! man keeps a secret from his son for 50 years but son is younger than 40. not a thriller. narrator speakes well




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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

Amazing !

The narrator is amazing, really gets you involved and puts on different accents etc.
the story was addictive - couldn’t stop listening ! Great twist at the end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-18

An easy, compelling read

A beautifully performed and a good story that keeps you guessing up to the end.

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  • Deborah
  • 01-23-18

Painfully slow

This is one of those books that spreads something that could be written in 50 pages into a whole book. Lacks depth, complexity, pace and an interesting main character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-18

Boring

the writer dragged it too much. too many repeats . too many unnecessary details. she tried to add a twist in to the story and miserably failed. focused on too many random characters that played no role in the story.
performance was good tho. but i wont recommend it.