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The First Mistake

Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From Sandie Jones, author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and USA Today best seller, 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....

©2019 Sandra Sargent (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Outstanding!

Finished in 1 day! Could not put the book down, each plot twist kept me thinking I had it all figured out! Final twist proved me wrong! Excellent writing and narration.

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  • NJS
  • TAUNTON, MA, US
  • 06-28-19

Lame

Used a credit based on reviews, but strongly wish I hadn’t. This story managed to be both convoluted & boring at the same time. Not worth it.

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Marylou

Overall I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a bit slow moving until Part 3. I was pretty sure I knew where it was going and then suddenly, I was wrong! I enjoyed the way the characters evolved and was glad I read it. So many reviews are full of reports of “twists and turns”, as a good thriller should be and this was a good one.

I received an ARC of this book and have given my honest review.

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  • Anne
  • Tucson, AZ
  • 06-30-19

Ridiculous

Yet another British domestic mystery where the women act like dimwits the entire time only to get even with the bad guy (that you can see coming from a hundred miles away) in the end. There will not be one plot twist you haven’t already figured out - so much so that you won’t even think it was supposed to be a “twist”.
Also, boring most of the way through. I regret this one.

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So many twists!!!

I finished this book a bit ago but my mind has still been spinning as I piece together all of the twists and think about how to review it! What an incredible psychological thriller this is—Sandie Jones really delivered an outstanding book in a genre that can be hard to continue to shock fans in!

Alice seems to have it all—an adoring husband, two beautiful daughters, a trim figure, and a successful design firm that she built herself.

But Alice is so much more than meets the eye. Her first husband Tom died tragically, taken too soon. She met her current husband Nathan in the darkest moment of her life.

On the precipice of the biggest deal her firm will ever land, she begins to suspect Nathan may be having an affair. Something isn’t quite right.

Turning to her best friend Beth comes naturally to Alice. Beth gives Alice advice from her own experiences with an ex. But there’s something Beth isn’t telling Alice, she’s sure of it...

Perhaps her trust is misplaced. But to whom? What was her first mistake?

I’m going to leave this by saying, do not skip this book! I could scarcely put it down!

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  • Rosemary
  • Willoughby, OH, United States
  • 06-14-19

Revenge

Do you really know the people closest to you? Alice finally has her life back on track. The death of her first husband destroyed her. That was years ago. Now she's married to Nathan. He's a supportive husband and a loving father to her two girls. Alice has it all. Or does she? Sadly she can't forget Tom. Is that why Nathan is cheating? He denies it. I wasn't sure. Why would someone plant false evidence. I understand that revenge can be a powerful motivator. I was glad that Alice had a best friend to confide in. Beth doesn't judge. I trusted her until I heard her life story. I could understand Beth's desire for revenge. I was shocked by how the lives of these people were intertwined. The story shocked me. I couldn't put this book down. Sandie Jones wrote a book filled with greed, betrayal and revenge. The characters were complex and their true motives were hidden behind a facade of civility. The dialogue was sharp and to the point. The ending took my breath away. The twist was unexpected. The First Mistake was an entertaining thriller. The narration by Nathalie Buscombe made the characters come alive.

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Too many twists

I enjoy good plot twists like anyone else, especially in an ending. However I was so caught up in all the twists that I lost sight of the true meaning of the book. The ending felt abrupt and leaves too much unanswered in my opinion. I loved, “The Other Woman” And was eagerly awaiting this release. The performance was perfect and used great imagery, I just wish the ending gave more to wrap up the story.

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The First Mistake would be not reading this book.

Even better than The Other Woman! An intelligently written story about love ,trust and how the lack of one destroys the other.

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Frustrating—no twists, no surprises.

I easily figured out the entire plot very early in the book. I kept hoping I was wrong and there would be some twists but nope just pure tedium to get to the end. Also, the two main women characters were incredibly gullible and just plain stupid. Not very believable. The last half hour was overly melodramatic explaining every detail that the reader had surely figured out a long time ago.

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The first mistake

This author is so good! She keeps you guessing throughout the book! I thought I had it figured out but you don't.