Her One Mistake

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Her One Mistake. Quite interesting story with a rather large twist very near the end. Charlotte - poor Charlotte! I wouldn't have wanted to be in her shoes at all. How do you explain to people that you lost your friend's child? And Harriet. She never left her child alone before, but she trusts Charlotte one time. THE one time. The one time your child is lost. What a terrible thing to happen. I'd be beside myself. 

These two mothers were rather unlikable to me even though I enjoyed the story. Charlotte was far too scattered for me - always torn about should she do A before B or B before A. Harriet was so overprotective that it was smothering. They both bothered me and they were at opposite ends of the spectrum.

The book did definitely keep my interest because I wanted to know what became of Alice. I was very invested in what would happen with her story. That is what kept me turning pages.

If you like psychological thrillers, as I do, give this one a chance. I appreciate Netgalley, the publisher and the author approving my request for an ARC. My thoughts are my own.
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This was just okay. Heidi Perks is a new to me author and the blurb got my attention. This took a lot longer for me to read because I was expecting a fast paced, highly intense psychological thriller and to be honest, it just wasn't that at all. It was very, very slow and felt flat to me. :(
It picked up around the 50% mark and I couldn't stop thinking that all the signs were there... right in front of their noses, and everyone just seemed to be missing it.
I was hoping for a more of a connection between the missing boy story but nothing was ever mentioned about that again. And the ending was just... okay.
Maybe my expectations were too high... I had hoped for more.
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Charlotte Reynolds is separated from Tom and is the busy mother of three children.  Today, she has agreed to take Alice, age 4, with her own children to the school fair.  Harriet is going to take a class today to help prepare her to look for a job soon.  She is a bit nervous about leaving Alice because it is the first time she has ever been away from her.  Harriet’s husband, Brian, goes fishing every Saturday so he is not home to watch Alice.  Both Alice and Charlotte are a bit edgy because a 9-year-old boy had gone missing from the park the previous fall and has not been found.

The fair is packed with people and it is a hot day.  The children all want to go on a big inflatable slide, so Charlotte asks her older son, Jack, to be sure and keep an eye on Alice.  But when the children return, Alice is not with them.  The police are called and they search everywhere but cannot find Alice.

Harriet is devastated and in a state of shock.  Her husband, Brian, is very harsh and almost vicious toward Charlotte who is also devastated and feels so guilty.  The police send a Family Liaison Officer to stay with Harriet and Brian while they search for Alice.  

This story encompasses Harriet’s emotions and Brian’s reaction to her.  In addition, we see how Charlotte is almost ostracized by her friends for having “lost” Alice.  Emotions are running very high. What happened to Alice?

Oh wow!  This is a very good story with lots of twists and turns that the reader would not expect.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat chewing your nails.  I love how the author fully describes the emotions of Harriet and Charlotte that you almost feel them yourself.  Don’t miss this one.  

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Her One Mistake was a very fast-paced and engaging read with a unique premise. There are a lot of twists throughout the novel, and even though I had some ideas of how the story might end, there was plenty of suspense to keep me on my toes.

I appreciated how the book managed to keep time very well, even when jumping between "Before" and "Now".  I was never lost and always anticipating.   I do feel as though the characters could have been a bit more developed, but overall, this was a very enjoyable read.   This will be a great book for book clubs in the months to come.

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an advanced copy of this title.
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Her One Mistake is a thriller about the case of a little girl who goes missing at a school fair.  What happened to her?  Who is responsible?  Do you really know people as well as you think you do?  These questions will keep you turning pages late into the night.  This was a twisty and engaging quick read.  I really enjoyed it!
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I received an advanced copy reader of Her One Mistake from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion.

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a story about Harriet and Charlotte’s friendship and how well they really know each other. Harriet has never let her four year old daughter out of her sight, but she needs a babysitter. Charlotte is bringing her three kids to the school fair and is more than happy to bring Alice along with them. Charlotte only took her eyes off the kids for a minute when Alice disappears. How can Harriet and Charlotte’s friendship survive this tragedy? In order to find Alice, Harriet and Charlotte must trust each other even though one of them is hiding something.

This book was a quick read- it had a few slow parts but the pace really picked up near the end. Her One Mistake is available today, January 8, 2019.

Goodreads Rating: 3/5 stars

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I gave this book a  5 out of 5 star review.  It was an enjoyable and I would recommend. to others.   Generously provided to me through NetGalley
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I knew this book would be good when I saw the author's name. Anyone named Heidi is going to write a good book. That aside, this was a very good read. A page turner with a well thought out and thought provoking story.  You start off feeling sorry for all the characters at the start.  A child goes missing at a school fair. You understand the upset parents and the person who was supposed to look after the child being upset.  But as the story unravels, not everyone reacts in the way you expect them to. Gripping right to the end. I highly recommend this book.
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It all started at the school fair…

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...

Oh wao! this book should turn it into a movie !! Her One Mistake is a chilling thriller about the worst nightmare for parents that a child goes missing in a crowd. 

Incredibly well written this novel contains the exact amount of suspense, is not a dark novel but contains sensitive topics, it keeps you guessing every possible scenario of an outcome. Narrated in two times the "now" and the "before" and from two points of view Charlotte's and Harriet's, the author manages to present us two characters full of secrets, lies, and betrayals. The final part of the book is great, it has an unexpected twist that was not expected which made it enjoy the book more than I imagined. I can not recommend this book enough.

Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Intriguing story with lots of twists that keeps you turning the pages until the end. Interesting characters that keep you asking what is going to happen next. Wondering why the police are not digging deeper into parents or seeing what might be going on. How far can friendships be pushed.
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A very quick and engaging read for me. There are a lot of twists, and even though I had some ideas of how the story might go (some correct, some not), there was enough suspense to keep me interested. I think there could have been more development of characters/details, but overall, I could suspend belief/fill in the gaps and just go with it. 

I think the blurb about the book is not quite accurate now that I've finished reading the book, so better to just go into reading it without any preconceived ideas of any of the details. 

Thanks to netgalley for an advanced copy.
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Charlotte was more than happy to watch her friend Harriet's four year old daughter, the first time that Harriet had ever been away from her daughter more than a few hours. Charlotte, her three children, and Harriet's daughter Alice, had a fun day at a school fair to enjoy. But soon after arriving at the fair, Alice is missing and life changes forever for Charlotte and Harriet. 

Charlotte is criticized for losing sight of a child that is not hers and even for using her phone to post on Facebook around the time Alice went missing. Harriet had never been away from her child before, afraid that something could happen to her and her husband Brian can't believe she left her child with someone. The only friend that Harriet has is Charlotte and now that friendship is irreparably damaged. 

There are so many twists and turns in this story and I certainly didn't have it figured out until the story allowed us to know what happened. Harriet's husband is obviously a manipulative, sick person who calls her "love" but really harbors unhealthy feelings toward her. Charlotte has lots of friends and plenty of money but enjoyed spending time with Harriet, who doesn't fit in with the rest of Charlotte's friends, because she feels like she can tell Harriet her thoughts and feelings without Harriet judging her or taking her ex-husband's side of things. Strangely, Harriet shares very little of real importance about her life, which allows the friendship between the women to be off-balance, without Charlotte realizing it, until this fact is pointed out by law enforcement during questioning, after the disappearance of Alice. 

The story is told in alternate times of Before and Now and from the point of view of Harriet and Charlotte. This is a very enjoyable, psychological thriller, that kept surprises coming throughout the book, until the end. It really says a lot about how blame, including unfounded blame, can destroy a person's sense of well being and how friendships can be ruined by lies and omissions. 

Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for this Advance Read Copy.
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Best friends formed over discussion about their children and Charlotte's recent separation.  Harriet is overprotective of her four year old daughter but agrees to let Charlotte take her daughter, Alice,  to the local fair.  Within minutes of arrival Alice disappears while playing with Charlotte's children.  Local empathy centers on Harriet while Charlotte must deal with with everyone's assumption that she was not paying attention to the children.  Both women harbor secrets that are not expected.
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"You know you can trust me."

Six words. One moment in time. Two lives changed forever. 

Harriet is a mother like many that is nervous to let someone else care for her child. When her best friend, Charlotte, promises her all will be fine, she nervously trusts her friend to take care of her baby girl. She trusts that her daughter will return home safely, that surely her good friend would never be careless with someone else’s child. Harriet pulls up to her house to find a world of her nightmares awaits; Alice is gone. Police have nothing. And this eerily connects to a previous child kidnapping.

...or does it?

Something more sinister is going on here that will rock everyone’s world. Someone goes missing. Someone dies. And someone loses the life as they know it for better or for worse. The author cleverly leaves the decision up to you. Do you walk away from this book feeling relieved? Or do you walk away feeling unresolved?

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This book was 4 stars for me. It had delicious twists and turns and one epic, jaw-dropping shocker. It was better than I had anticipated and I fully recommend reading! As for what I didn’t like? I felt the ending did not quite match those twists and turns felt throughout the book but still good and worthy of a 4-star review. I love that she didn’t tie it all up in the end with a nice, neat bow however it still left me with a feeling that it could’ve been so much more. I’m not knocking the author because it’s clear she is more than capable. The ending just didn’t fit the book for me but it was definitely worth the read. If you read other reviews, some absolutely love the ending as not everyone has the same taste.

My only other issue is the title. I still cannot quite figure out what her title is referring to but don’t let that steer you off course. It still fits, but not quite as well as one would like.

Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I often wonder what it would have been like to be a parent in the 80s or 90s. 

Back before social media. 

Before Pinterest. 

Before Mommy shaming became a certified Olympic sport.

I mean, I’m sure it had its challenges.

Parents back then had to entertain children for the interminably long time it took a VHS tape to actually fully rewind, for example.

But, I would think, it would have to have been a bit… less stressful?

It seems like it would have been liberating to raise your children without the constant infusion of criticism from the outside world — without those voices telling you that you’re doing it wrong, that you’re fucking up your kid in some irrevocable way, that every mom is such a mommier-fucking-mom than you are.

But, as a child of the 80s and a millennial mom of a 4th grader and a toddler, I’ll never know if I have it better of worse than my relatively contemporary predecessors. 

Note: I am certain that I have it better than my early predecessors as I neither have to protect my children from wooly mammoths nor churn butter in the back of a Conestoga wagon while worrying about whether our last axel will break before we finish our grueling journey to the new frontier.

If there were ever any doubt in my mind that motherhood in the 20-10s is a full contact sport, this book would have cleared those right the fuck up.

In this newest work by new-to-me author Heidi Perks, both of our dual protagonists are mothers, though they go about the process of parenting in decidedly different ways.

Charlotte is a confident, relatively wealthy, mother of three who is in the process of divorcing her husband, Tom. She long-ago established herself in the mommy social circle and is generally well-respected.

Harriet is a dedicated mom to one — a four year old named Alice who she has never once let out of her sight — and wife to Brian. Though Harriet certainly tries hard — arguably, harder than Charlotte — she’s never quite fit in. The other moms see her as… different… in some indescribable way. Her only real friend is Charlotte, who she met five years ago when her then family of two moved into town.

As the book opens, Harriet arrives at Charlotte’s house to drop off Alice. Harriet — a helicopter parent in the making — is loath to leave her little girl, but it’s become necessary as she’s arranged to take a bookkeeping class so she can develop skills to put to use once Alice heads off to school.

Though Charlotte is — as it seems like Charlotte always is — relatively overwhelmed and harried, she wears the stress with grace and dismisses any concerns Harriet raises as to her ability to handle four children, all of whom she plans to take to a school fair.

When Charlotte arrives at the fair, however, it seems that Harriet’s concerns may have been more warranted that Charlotte allowed for. With four kids in tow, a headache developing and the siren’s call of social media leaving her palm itching to pick up her phone, Charlotte is inarguably overwhelmed.

She’s so overwhelmed, in fact, the she feels relief when three of the children — two of her own along with Alice, the youngest of the trio — decide to play on an inflatable.

With just one toddler to mind, Charlotte takes a seat in the shade and hops on Facebook, while keeping an eye on the ride on which the three children in her charge play.

After some time, her two children run off the ride and up to her, ready to move on to the next adventure. 

But Alice isn’t with them.

Immediately concerned, though not yet alarmed, Charlotte sets off on a search, getting on the inflatable obstacle course herself and hunting for the little girl, who she suspects she will find huddled scared in a corner.

When her search proves fruitless, her panic level increases.

And when a more exhaustive search still yields no results, Charlotte realizes that it’s actually happened.

She’s really lost Alice.

One thing’s for sure: fucking losing someone else’s child is a way more egregious offense than failing to produce the lump-free fondant you needed to craft the tiny spikes necessary to transform cupcakes into stegosauruses for the child’s “three-rex” themed birthday party. 

Everyone, but particularly every mom, will be immediately drawn in to this naturally compelling plot —  which is pretty fucking flawlessly paced, I must say. 

Like the plot, the characters were also on point. 

I was particularly impressed by the fact that, despite being entirely different from each other, the two women central to this novel both had distinctive, endearing voices and authentic, believable motivations to act as they do. 

Throughout the entire novel, I rooted for them both of them — Which was particularly difficult during times when they were at odds with each other.

Neither of the women was villainized, which required foregoing of the concept of a diametric black or white set up and the establishment of some significant gray areas. 

As naturally engaging as the plot was, and as well-established and believable as the characters were, the real strength of this book was the twist.

For the, say, first 50% of this book, I was comfortable and calm — and, as a result, drinking at a reasonable rate. I was reading along thinking, “Okay, this is a good little thriller. I'm pretty sure I know where everything is going and I'm, like, 98% sure I know whodunit. But that's okay. Because it's still pretty good, even though it’s straightforward.”

But then.

Everything changed. 

A twist.

And not just any, old, everyday, average, oh-okay-thats-a-little-surprising twist.


A Fucking world. Fucking changing. Fucking twist.

Yes. That's three intentional fuckings. That means it was some twisty AF shit. 

Of all of the possibilities I pieced together in my head by that point, what happened wasn't one of them.

And I piece together possibilities like a fucking boss!

Because it came out of nowhere, yet was still so believable, this twist was a game changer.

From that point forward, I cracked up my chug meter* and dove headlong into the novel — and into my bottle of Malbec.

*This term was coined by my 9-year-old when he witnessed me drinking wine while reading a book and crying (I’m looking at your, “Ghosted”). His response, “Mommy, I’m sure that is sad, but if you’re getting that emotional about it, you may want to turn down your chug meter.

Honestly, pinpointing any weakness for this book is exceptionally difficult. 

Though there is, however, one itsy bitsy thing that bothered me.

Honestly, it’s just the smallest little teensiest, tiniest, thing, but... The cover — AKA - the thing by which I initially judge all books always. 

On my advanced release copy, the cover featured a teddy bear. 

Sooo…. why?

Like, I get it. We are trying to send the message that a child was taken so quickly - so violently - so against her will - that her tiny little fingers* couldn't even hold on to her beloved snuggle buddy.

*And, trust me, I know how tight little fingers can grip. I on the daily carry a tantruming two year old up the stairs to bed while he thrashes and grips at every spindle, every railing, his little talons come into contact with.

But, come on. Anyone who reads this will be left thinking, "Why wasn't it a hippo?" — the stuffed animal the little girl in this book cherished.

And, on the to-market copy, the cover shows a swing over a puddle?

Like… there were no swings.

There was no puddle.

Just… why?

It's small. 

It's trivial.

But it's something that bothers me. Because a book this good deserves more than generic, uninspired, stock photography.

Given that my only point of criticism is the cover — something the author likely had little control over — it should come as no surprise that this, my first book of 2019, is a fucking winner.

It easily earns 5 out of 5 cocktails. 

You should absolutely read it. It’s… dare I say… the next Gone Girl.
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Reading Her One Mistake made me feel uncomfortable. At first, the discomfort was caused by the situation the main character was enduring of having a friend’s child kidnapped while under her care. I am an aunt and that is one of my worst nightmares. The book had a lot of twists and turns and not everything is at it seems. However, later my feeling of discomfort with the book were more about wanting more dimensions to the characters.  The action was good but the I wanted the characters to have more depth. 
Thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books, and the author Heidi Perks for an advanced electronic review copy.
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3.25-3.5 STARS

What could be worse than your child disappearing without a trace?  The disappearance of your over-protective friend’s child, who trusted you with their child’s care.  That’s the nightmare that Charlotte lives, when Alice—the daughter of her best friend Harriett—vanishes from a school fair after she loses site of the child for several agonizing minutes.  

A unique and compelling premise, "Her One Mistake" was a decent story overall but was a bit lackluster in its entirety.  While I was pulled in right from the very start, the story quickly plateaued, leaving me craving some much-needed suspenseful thrills.  And though promoted as a psychological thriller, for me, it didn’t quite fit that bill.  Perhaps my expectations were set too high.  Regardless, I did find “Her One Mistake” to be an enjoyable read--albeit a bit predictable, as I easily deduced the “mystery” behind Alice’s disappearance quite early on.
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Awesome story! It was pretty emotional and very raw. The suspense was another great factor of this book. I loved how Heidi Perks showed her characters on the pages. I would recommend this to any of my friends!
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This is not the typical missing child book.  It is so much more!  From the beginning, I was drawn into this clever and unique plot.  Charlotte is Harriet’s only friend, so when Harriet decides to take a bookkeeping class, Charlotte is the one that she naturally turns to for a caregiver for her young daughter Alice.  The plan is established that Harriet will go to her class and Charlotte will take Alice, along with her own three children, to the school fair.  When Charlotte goes on Facebook for a few minutes, she looks up and Alice is gone.  Okay, the stage is set for the increasing drama.  Harriet isolates herself and mourns the loss of her daughter, but she also has carefully guarded secrets.   Charlotte has her own secrets, and the police just want to uncover everything so that they can find the missing child.  The story is told via narration by both Charlotte and Harriet and on a dual timeline of now and before Alice disappeared.  The drama was intense, as befits a psychological thriller.  The conclusion was satstfyingly surprising.  Readers of thrillers wil enjoy this book and hope for more from this author!
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Heidi Perks is going to be on my list as a favorite from now on with her incredible story Her One Mistake. This was a psychological thriller that kept me guessing every step of the way. I even gasped a few times while reading because I was taken so off guard by a twist here or a turn there.

The story follows two people; Charlotte, the mom who lost another mom’s kid at a carnival, and Harriet, super protective and mostly unliked mother in the neighborhood. Both are going through ordeals all stemming from the missing daughter of Harriet. Charlotte is being blacklisted among her friends and Harriet is all alone with just her husband for support, and he’s a little weird, if I do say so.

Every character in this book played a pertinent role in the story. The supporting cast, including Harriet’s husband, Charlotte’s best friend, estranged family members, and the town gossip all brought so much more to the story and helped form this elaborate vision in my head as I read. I think Heidi Perks wrote characters that were not only interesting, but also mysterious and filled with depth. They all had their own little secrets that just emphasized all the questions swirling around as we read. Each time I thought I had an inkling of what was going on, Perks through out a twist that had me questioning everything. I never would have guessed the ending in a million years.

One of my favorite parts to read was Harriet’s relationship with her husband. I enjoy when an author can bring out specific emotions in me as I read, and Perks made me uncomfortable to the extreme with Harriet’s husband. He was super doting and seemed to care a great deal for Harriet, but at times I found myself incredibly uncomfortable with his behavior. I loved that Perks was able to make me feel that emotion so strongly.

Her One Mistake is a mystery/thriller, but I also feel it falls heavily into women’s fiction. So if you like women’s fiction with a little kick, pick up Her One Mistake. You won’t be disappointed. It will make you question, “What would I have done?” Pick up your copy and let me know what you think.
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