Her One Mistake

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Jan 2019

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Loved it! Fantastic read, I couldn’t put it down.  I was hooked from beginning to end. Great story line with very believable characters. It’s a fantastic psychological thriller that keeps you guessing. I’ll be looking for more of this authors work.
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Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, for the arc of this book.
I found this book very intriguing, I would never have guessed the twists and turn that it took.
Very well written about two sensitive subjects.
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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is an emotional thriller that will definitely take you on a ride.

Of course what I do love about thrillers is that it's always darkness that will unfold at the seams once you begin the story. Heidi lays the groundwork nicely for her readers and has a nice little twist in this one that will keep you reading.

Harriet has never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she gave birth to her. One day Harriet's best friend Charlotte offers to take Alice to the fair along with her three other children. Charlotte takes all four children to the fair and they begin to play.  The children decide to go on a ride... and shortly after Charlotte sees her own children return but there is no sign of Alice. Charlotte is devastated as you can imagine that she lost her best friend's daughter. Talk about guilt... WOW.

 I think I felt for Charlotte the most because she had to deal with the aftermath of being shunned by the entire town and the stigma associated with loosing someone else's daughter. 

Of course... nothing is what is appears to be in this story. Harriet is devastated trying to find her daughter... also is dealing with the blaming of her husband Brian. 

The story was pretty slow to build for me and was pretty bored on and off throughout the entire story. But, a twist happens about 50 percent in and I wasn't expecting that.

But, the story STILL was dragging for me. And.. the ending seemed to be rushed to me... I'm not sure where the author was going at the final end? Honestly in the last chapter... I was holding on to a final grasp of a twist... and it just ended? 

I wouldn't categorize this as a dark thriller... at all? Maybe... more of a domestic emotional story.

Overall, this was a decent story and was entertained. I look forward to seeing what Perks comes up with next :).

3.5 stars rounded down on this one.

Huge thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Publishing for the advanced arc in exchange for my honest review.

Published to GR: 10/30/18
Publication date: 1/8/19
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I haven’t read Heidi Perks other book, however, after reading Now You See Her I plan to check it out. Now I’ll be honest, I’m getting a bit tired of every thriller or suspense being labeled as a “gripping thriller” or “unputdownable,” but Her One Mistake was unputdownable!! I read this entire book in two sittings, on the last day I started out at 35% but couldn’t stop reading until I was finished. It really was a compulsive read!! I was pleased with Ms. Perks writing style and descriptions. She really drew out that parental fear. The storytelling was creative and I felt like I was being giving puzzle pieces one at a time. It was a gradual process that I really enjoyed.

Now set the scene... you’re at a school sponsored event and you have 4 kids, a throbbing headache, it’s hot, there’s tons of people especially excited and happy kids bouncing and just plain running amok. You just want to sit down and catch your breath, take a couple Tylenol, and rest your overstimulated mind. You see your kids laughing and running through a bouncy house but where’s quite little Alice?! Panic doesn’t kick in immediately but Alice isn’t your child and she isn’t one to wonder. Queue the hysterics and total panic! It’s bad enough to loose your child but to lose someone else’s child is just beyond horrible, almost monstrous!! Can you even imagine?!?

Ms. Perks does a great job of really projecting both sides. Then these parents lives all start to unravel. It’s fascinating to see all the pieces starting to fall into place. The little morsels of info that Ms. Perks feeds us is enough to keep the reader intrigued and horrifically fascinated! It’s the train-wreck passerby’s can’t look away from. Now You See Her started out a bit slower and really it didn’t start to feel compulsive until about 25%ish. I kept reading this book and thinking back to the old saying that only two can keep a secret if one is dead. This is an interesting storyline with just a nightmareish plot for any parent out there!

I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.
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The worse nightmare imaginable... losing someone else's child. But all is not as it seems - great character development and some unforeseen twists make this highly recommendable.
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I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

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. 


The way the author described Charlotte’s experience when she lost her best friend’s daughter throughout the book, including the investigation, felt so real.
The book switches between Charlotte and the Moms (Harriet) experience.
This was a heart wrenching story that could be anyone’s nightmare! 

Great read that kept me guessing until the very end. Would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, suspense or thriller.
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I almost stopped reading it. Story was somewhat confusing and almost gothic but I kept going. As the plot unfolds is got more into it and was hooked. I figured some of it as it went on but not all. It was an interesting read and in the end I enjoyed it. Wonder why it’s an English book but spelling was American? I’m used to reading British books in their style.
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I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, I read it in one day. It’s very fast moving with believable characters and plot twists.
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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a gripping thriller that covers every parents worse nightmare, a child gone in the blink of an eye. The author has given this a bit of a twist though with it being a friend taking care of the little girl when she goes missing.

Harriet had never been separated from her four year old daughter Alice since she had been born. Other mothers use babysitters, friends or family quite often to get even a small break but Harriet was a stay at home mother who hadn’t trusted anyone with her precious daughter until now.

Charlotte is Harriet’s best friend and about as opposite as can be. With three children of her own Charlotte volunteers to take Alice with them to the school fair so Harriet can take a class that afternoon. With four kids in tow Charlotte heads to the fair where the children begin to play but when her own children return from a ride without Alice Charlotte is devastated when there is no sign of the child.

Her One Mistake is one of those books that really was thought provoking. We are a society of placing blame on victims and as much as anyone disagrees with Charlotte’s actions in the beginning of this she is still a victim having to live with what happened. And then there’s Harriet who your heart can’t help but break for as the emotional side of the book begins to stand out. But of course as with any good thriller there are plenty of twists and turns to keep a reader guessing until the last page. Definitely one that kept me on the edge of my seat and would recommend.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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Wow. This was a very enjoyable read. Totally hooked from the very beginning, it was nearly impossible to put this book down. Like all good psychological thrillers, you may think you've got it all figured out and then BAM! Another twist that throws you off and keeps you compulsively turning the pages.

Definitely pick up Her One Mistake if you're looking for a thriller that leaves you guessing and is hard to put down.
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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a breathtaking and gripping read. It’s a mother’s worst nightmare laid out in a book! The characters have structure and the plot is pretty thick, this is a fast paced psychological thriller that holds your interest throughout. 
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of Her One Mistake in exchange for an honest review.
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Patty Magyar's review Oct 18, 2018  ·  edit
it was amazing

Her One Mistake
By
Heidi Perks

What it's all about...

Charlotte takes her three children and her friend Harriet’s daughter...Alice...to the school fair. It’s a big deal for Harriet because she has never let Alice out of her sight ever before. Charlotte loses sight of Alice for a minute and she disappears. 

Why I wanted to read it...

This book was a page turner from the very first page. Alternating between Charlotte’s life and Harriet’s life...two very different women who become close friends.

What made me truly enjoy this book...

OMG...there were so many layers and secrets and lies in this book. It reminded me of the book Best Day Ever! 

Why you should read it, too...

Readers who love psychological mysteries will love this book! The characters, the writing, the plot...were intense! I loved it! 

I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, Edelweiss and Amazon. It was my choice to read it and review it.
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Her One Mistake is told from two women's point of view. Charlotte and Harriet. In a suspenseful tale of a child abduction, we wonder, how did Alice disappear without a trace from a playground. Both women blame themselves and as the story unfolds we realize nothing is as it seems. Thank you, Netgalley.
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Her One Mistake is a quick read, and will likely have readers guessing until near the end – oh, OK maybe halfway through. I am notoriously bad at figuring things out, so I am not judge here, but I did enjoy this and thank Gallery Books and NetGalley for a copy in return for this honest review. 

The protagonist, Charlotte, takes her two kids and her friend Harriet’s daughter to the school fair, and took her eyes off them briefly (was she on Facebook at the time??) When her kids return from the bounce house, the neighbor’s kid isn’t there, and has vanished. 

Charlotte frantically searches everywhere, then has to tell Harriet she lost her daughter and feels responsible (duh – she was).

 Harriet can’t bear to see Charlotte again, until the police start to press BOTH women, and then the dark secrets start to come out. Good plotting, not sure the ending will satisfy everyone (but they really never do), and I give it a hearty four stars.
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Was't quite sure what to expect, and it is a deep story.  I can't imagine anting worse than feeling that you have utterly betrayed your best friend in the worst way imaginable. The guilt and horror, the vocal and silent accusations of other supposed friends compounds the misery. 

Sure, I will watch the kids turns into a nightmare. But not the nightmare you would expect, but one of a very different nature, for all involved. It can be so awfully hard to admit things because we feel it will make us look bad, but the ways to avoid telling can make us look worse. 

This is another book about a friendship that has gone awry and the repercussions of deadly secrets. 
More psychology than action and the story wraps up pretty quickly.
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Harriet never lets her only child, Alice, out of her sight and has never been separated from her, except for school time. Harriet asks her friend Charlotte to look after Alice as she is starting a class in accounting. Charlotte takes Alice and her own children to a local fun fair and Alice disappears. The mystery and tension start to ramp up and just keeps building. The story is dark and twisted but I could not put it down!
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What begins as a story about a child who goes missing on a friend’s watch turns into a psychological thriller with many twists and turns. A highly enjoyable mysterious read!
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First, I want to thank Heidi Perks, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review. 

Heidi Perks just became my favorite Psychological Thriller Author after reading Her One Mistake!! Heidi brings you into the story, introduces you to the characters, makes you think what is going on, then the ball is totally dropped on the reader!! Be prepared to have your jaw drop and the story to be switched. You think you know how the story will end-but you have no clue!! 

I was very impressed with Heidi with how she developed the characters into the storyline. How we didn’t learn all their secrets all at once. Once we found out their true colors I was shocked! She is truly a gifted 

writer/storyteller who was passionate about this story. She definitely knows how to hook her readers into the story and not let go until the book is done. 

The story was told in different perspectives from three different characters. Heidi also wrote in before the abduction and modern day. These two made the story very interesting.

Kudos to the graphic artist who did the cover of the book. I thought it was spot on to the theme of the book. Not to mention I really liked it. 

There is one life lesson to take away from this book though. If you have kids and are out in public watch them and not your phone! Someone could snatch them while you are looking. Another thing is that Facebook and Social Media can be so cruel in situations like this. Talking bad about the person when you don’t know the truth or their side of the story. There are two sides to every story. 

My heart broke for Harriet on so many occasions in this book. If anyone in this book needed a hug it would be her!! She was a strong woman through all of this! 

Out of all the characters in this book Brian was the one I loathed the most. In the beginning of the book something was off about him. At the end of the book I was not a fan of all. Too many reasons why. You will have to read the book to find out why! 

I loved how in the acknowledgements how she thanked her Mum. How ever since she was eight she told her she can write and she has never stopped supporting her since.
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Great psychological thriller!  This one will be on the 'not-to-miss' list for 2019, or, if it's not, there are going to be a lot of great suspense/thrillers out next year, a win-win for us readers!  What would you do if you were watching a friend's child along with your 3 at a fair and your friend's child goes missing?  You lost your best friend's child?  Your three children are fine?  What kind of horrible person are you?  Well, that's what Charlotte's friends are thinking when Charlotte loses Harriet's daughter, Alice, at the fair.
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This book, was one of those that really grabbed me from page one and did not let go until I was done.   It was one of those that really had me gripping the edge of seat, holding my breath, and flipping pages like a mad woman, needing to know exactly what was going to happen and to who!  And the end is AMAZING. 
Will be highly recommending, using in daily challenge, and letting Chapter Chatter Pub know it's a must read.
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