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The First Mistake

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I really loved the Other Woman by Sandie Jones and I knew right away I'd want to read her new one! First, let me begin by saying that I flew through this book. I had a suspicion I knew what was going on and I was completely wrong. This book was super entertaining. That said, I just didn't truly connect with it for some reason. I never really got a feel for the characters' true personalities and the ending lacked substance for me. I feel like it ended quite abruptly. I'm glad I read this book and I found it a good book to just relax and enjoy...I just wanted more from it.

Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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I read The Other Woman and could not put it down, so when I heard about The First Mistake I knew I had to read it. I devoured this book in two days!! Alice is married to her second husband Nathan and running a thriving design business. After finding a few clues that lead her to think that Nathan is having an affair things quickly spiral out of control. This was a twisty, compulsive read!!

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Sandie Jones second novel is as delightfully twisty as her first. Several years ago, Alice was widowed, leaving her to care for her daughter and the business she and her husband Tom started together. His death took her to a dark place, and that anxiety has shadowed her ever since.

Today, though, it seems like those days are behind her. She’s remarried a man named Nathan, who is a devoted husband and loving father. Alice’s business is taking off, with the opportunity of a lifetime just about to go through. And her best friend Beth is loyal, trustworthy and a whole lot of fun.

The shadow of anxiety returns when Alice begins noticing signs of infidelity in her husband. Of course, he denies everything… but Alice knows something isn’t right. And then there’s Beth, who after years of friendship, still hasn’t met Nathan, making excuses every time they have a chance to bump into each other.

What’s really going on? And why did Alice’s dead husband Tom just show up on Facebook with an update from yesterday? Once you start this book, you won’t want to put it down, so clear your calendar and settle in for a roller coaster of twists and turns.

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I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is the second book I've read by Sandie Jones, it did not disappoint. This thriller had me staying up late and waking up early to finish it. I loved the twists and turns and the so many "I wonders". I truly enjoyed this book, will be recommending to friends and family once it's published. This is a must read!

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Alice had a great marriage until her husband died- or so she thought. She met Nathan and while he wasn’t her first husband, Tom, she loved him and married him. Then weird things started happening with Nathan, but he kept gaslighting her with explanations. Should she trust him? She turned to her best friend Beth but discovered things Beth had done and couldn’t trust her either. Everyone and everything in her life was upside down. Lots of twists and turns made for a good story

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Wow! There were twists and turns that I did not see coming. Alice has rebuilt her life after the devastating loss of her 1st husband Tom and is about to embark on a major work project with her new husband and partner. But things are popping up that have her questioning everything- her memories of her husband, her new husband, and even her sanity. Was Tom, her first husband the man she thought he was or was it all a lie? Can she trust her new husband Nathan? Will she survive this new business venture with her sanity and her life? A thriller that keeps you reading and guessing

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The First Mistake, the latest thriller by Sandie Jones, is a twisting, turning tale of friendship, love and betrayal. I thought I had the ending all figured out only to have my theories turned upside down and tilted sideways. I thoroughly reading this. If you enjoyed The Other Woman, I think you’ll like The First Mistake even more.

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I really enjoyed this book. I loved Alice’s character. Hated Nathan (but made me love Alice more). I read this book in less than a day. It was fast-paced and engaging. I was surprised by the twist which, as an avid reader, admittedly doesn’t happen often for me. Thank you for the opportunity to read!

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Sandie Jones has out done herself on The First Mistake

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would .

As you start the book, there is a false sense of security for the reader who will be convinced okay I know where this is going. At least I thought that.

I could not have been more wrong !!

This book had twists and turns and you soon start flipping those pages to see if Alice will come out unscathed. What is Beth up to or Nathan ?

Thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for the opportunity of reading The First Mistake

This book will stay with you after you put down.

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Well I started this on a plane and then stayed up until 2 AM so I could finish it that day, so that will tell you something lol. Great, compulsive read. The blurb is well done here--I knew going in Beth was Up To Something and that's one of the reasons I was compelled to read straight through. I almost became impatient in Alice's section in the present, and then again in Beth's section in the past, but then at just the right time the book would bump along to the next twist.

Some parts of it were guessable, other parts were not, and there were enough reversals on twists to keep it from feeling too predictable or too stupid-twisty. That said, once I finished and was thinking about it the next morning, I picked up some logic holes and am left really wishing the book had a meatier denouement/epilogue. I know why it was done the way it is--the end is certainly very punchy!--but so many compelling emotional threads and questions are left dangling. (I'll put some spoiler notes in my GR review)

But, lingering questions don't change how much I enjoyed the book! This one is a winner for fans of domestic suspense/characters who are lying/mistaken identities. I can see this playing VERY well in the thriller market this summer. It's a juicy summer read.

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More like 3.5. I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I was able to read Sandie Jones's first book from here as well and couldn't put it down so as soon as I saw this, I immediately requested this. This one I will say didn't quite catch my attention as much as her first novel until about halfway through when I felt it finally picked up and then I couldn't put it down. Overall a good novel and I will be interested to see what she comes up with next.

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Holy WOW! Sandie Jones has done it again. A book that hooks your mind in a death hold, from beginning until end. Another must read for my fellow thriller fans. She has such a style, which absolutely makes sure to twist your mind into a giant pretzel. Lots of thrills, chills, and twists & turns.
Will be highly recommending, using in a challenge, and buzzing it up in Chapter Chatter Pub!

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Wow, is all I can say. Have never read anything from author Sandie Jones before, but will be looking to read a lot more in the future. Great story about friendship, romance, marriage, lies, deceit, trust all wrapped up with suspenseful twists. Could not put this book done until was done reading!

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I read this one in 24 hours and this book is the real meaning of a page-turner! I thought her first book was amazing, and this one is equally as amazing! The suspense keeps building and I was never sure who was lying, who was just nuts, or who was genuine! Alice’s first husband, Tom, died (although his body was never found) and she had idolised him. Then she meets and marries Nathan and her world is happy again, or is it? Nathan behaves suspiciously and Alice is not sure what it means. I just loved, loved that ending! I will make sure I do not miss her next book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Having loved The Other Woman, I had high expectations for this one and dare I say I liked it even better! Alice lost her first husband, Tom in a skiing accident years ago and is now happily married to Nathan. But when she begins to discover clues of his infidelity and he swears it's all in her head, she turns to her best friend, Beth. But of course things are never as they seem, and Alice finds her life turned upside down as she begins to uncover the secrets lurking beneath the surface of this idyllic marriage. Do you trust your husband or best friend? Can the past ever stay in the past or is there always something suspicious about unanswered questions? Jones is a master story teller with twists at every turn that had me gasping for breath as I tried to put together all the pieces to this puzzle. And oh, what an ending! If psychological thrillers are your jam, then pre-order this one today! Out June 11.

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