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I Made a Mistake: The twist-filled, addictive new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I LOOKED AWAY Kindle Edition
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I loved this cleverly written tale of the devastating consequences of a wife's mistake -- Emma Curtis
A python of a book; it draws you in gently at first and then the coils of tension begin to tighten and refuse to let you go...The emotional sucker punch at the end was unexpected and terrific -- Jane Shemilt
What an addictive read! Extremely clever storytelling with terrific pace and real emotional depth too. I loved it -- Teresa Driscoll
Readers you are in for a tremendous treat - a roller-coaster of a ride that will leave you screaming, 'No!' on more than one occasion -- Carol Wyer
Fans of Louise Doughty and Clare Mackintosh will love I Made a Mistake. Exhilarating and heartbreaking in equal measure, this story will stay with me for a long time -- Nuala Ellwood
Jane Corry is at the top of her game and her latest novel cements her place as one of the superstars of the genre. Addictive, dark, and all too believable, I Made A Mistake is her best yet -- Phoebe Morgan
I love all Jane Corry's books but this is her best yet. So clever, compulsive and twisty with a reveal I never saw coming. Superb -- Claire Douglas
I Made a Mistake is an absorbing and gripping masterpiece, skilfully plotted with superbly drawn characters who will stay with you long after you've finished reading -- Kathryn Croft
Corry often explores darker themes, and those living on the fringes of society and this book is no exception: gritty, real, interesting and clever. Highly recommended -- Gillian McAllister
Brilliant and chilling. Jane Corry knows exactly how to turn the screws in this compelling and hard-hitting story about the dark underbelly of respectable family life. Another outstanding novel by Jane Corry -- Kate Furnivall
Jane Corry nails it again. This is a page turner with depth, with characters and human conflicts that stay with you long after the novel is finished. Superb -- Kate Hamer
A convincing suburban thriller with a compelling sense of doom -- Ross Greenwood
Wow! What an utterly tense and addictive thriller. It kept me riveted the whole way through!! -- Shalini Boland
Gripping and surprising, with killer twists that will keep you guessing right up until the end -- Ella Dove, commissioning editor for Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red
Storytelling at its finest. An expertly plotted page turner with real emotional depth -- Victoria Selman --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07TMPXRT1
- Publisher : Penguin (22 May 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1091 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 108,107 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jane Corry takes these questions and gives us a thrilling read.
Jane Corry’s books always intrigue me. There are moral dilemmas, twists and turns, conflicted characters, pasts that catch up with people, and above all, great stories.
This book kept me up all night. It twisted and turned right up to the last chapter.
Like most of you, I’ve had a few months of upheaval during the corona virus and I need books that entertain and take me into another world for a while.
This book fits the bill. Enjoy a little holiday from lockdown and read, I Made a Mistake.
Beginning with a tragic accident at Waterloo underground station, we don't discover who is involved till further in. And only then we are given tidbits to flesh out in our imaginations as to what really happened on that fateful day. It soon becomes clear a few chapters in that someone is on trial for murder and, though we don't know who, the deceased's identity is soon revealed...leaving us trying to piece the puzzle together.
Rewind six weeks prior and Poppy Page is at a Christmas party where she bumps into an old boyfriend. But not any old boyfriend. Matthew Gordon was her first love and they were together for three years before he upped and left with another student from their drama class, whom he later married. Matthew went on to become a successful actor in the title role of a popular drama in the nineties...although he hasn't been in anything since. He claims to be at the party to network amongst directors and producers, hoping to land himself something.
Although Poppy's dreams of becoming an actress never came to fruition, she now runs a successful agency for "extras" negotiating with casting directors for films, TV and commercials. The last thing she expected, or even wanted, was to chance upon Matthew bloody Gordon. But she soon catches his eye and he hones in on her almost immediately, batting away a string of admirers along the way. The meeting is tentative and awkward at first but Poppy soon finds herself reminiscing about the man who could ignite a passion in her she has never felt since. And what was at first a chance encounter leads to a mistake with such repercussions that could devastate her entire family.
As a mother to 17 year old Melissa and 14 year old Daisy, Poppy has been married to her dentist husband Stuart for nearly twenty years. Her family mean everything to her. Including her mother-in-law Betty, who also lives with them since the death of her husband Jock. Since starting up her extras agency business, which she runs from home, Poppy has welcomed Betty's presence even moreso and her invaluable help with the girls when it is most needed. For Poppy, Betty has been like a mother to her...especially since her own mother abandoned her and her father when she was 18 and she hasn't heard from her since. But what Poppy doesn't know is that in a secret lifelong desire, Poppy is the daughter that Betty never had. Perhaps that's why the two women are especially close.
So when Poppy makes a horrible mistake that inevitably puts everything she values most at risk, she soon discovers that the ripple effect she has set in motion by diving head first into the deep end has far-reaching consequences that could destroy everything. Can Poppy's family survive the fallout from that one mistake? Can her marriage?
I MADE A MISTAKE unfolds rather cleverly through the eyes of both Poppy and Betty. As Poppy takes us on a journey through lost love, mistakes and repercussions, Betty recounts her own story in the format of a series of letters to her daughter-in-law. There is also the inclusion of excerpts from a trial at the Criminal Court where Poppy finds herself under brutal cross examination. And while we discover the identity of the deceased in the first of these (court trial) chapters, exactly who is on trial remains a mystery until about three quarters of the way through. Though I pieced it together in a random moment of clarity just before it was revealed.
Although there are two stories unfolding throughout, whilst seemingly different in the past and present, the choices each makes can often find two different women in somewhat similar circumstances. However, while Poppy's story is primarily the focus here that wasn't what made it interesting for me. I was more fascinated and invested in Betty's own story and the choices (and mistakes) she made as a young wife and mother and how that played into the circumstances Poppy ultimately finds herself in. It was Betty's story that kept me turning the pages. That, and the criminal trial which was also proving to be compelling. Poppy's story had me tearing my hair out at its slow progression to anywhere...and then when it did, I found I wanted to shake her for her stupidity. But then stress does make people do strange and idiotic things that another simply cannot fathom. And what with her already floundering marriage, her bickering teenagers, her busy lifestyle, running a house AND trying to cope with her father in the early stages of dementia...Poppy sure had her fair share of stress.
I have to admit, every time her name was mentioned in full - Poppy Page - I found myself hearing "Polly Page" from The Bill. And then to realise her mother-in-law's name was Betty Page...but somehow I didn't picture the 70 year old grandmother as a buxom pin-up model of the 1950s. I think hubby Jock might have had something to say about that, that's for sure!
Initially dubbed as a thriller, I MADE A MISTAKE is more of a family domestic drama that starts of very slowly but gains momentum about halfway through. Admittedly, I nearly gave up several times but it was Betty's story that kept me anchored in the hope the rest of the book would pick up pace. Not soon enough though, but enough to say that I am glad I stuck with it because in the end, I did enjoy it.
A story of mistakes, guilt, regrets, death and lost love, I MADE A MISTAKE will appeal to fans of slow burning domestic drama and women's fiction.
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Poppy and Betty are united by events that shaped their lives and changed who they are now. Their lapse in judgement came at a cost but who had to pay the ultimate price?
Poppy, a successful businesswoman, is living a content life until a blast from her past disturbs the peace. Running into Matthew, her first love, after a 20-year absence brings back memories and long suppressed feelings. Full of inner turmoil and anger, she does something she will forever regret. Someone dies a horrific death and now Poppy is interrogated during a trial. What is she guilty of?
By contrast, Betty’s life of a working-class young woman during the late sixties and early seventies was very different from that of her daughter-in-law’s. Her fascinating background story is revealed in letters, addressed to Poppy. Being stuck with a controlling husband but daring to dream of a better, happier life, she learnt the hard way the power of compromise and self-sacrifice. Guilt-ridden by her actions, but stronger than before, she vows to make amends and never give up hope.
Jane Corry, author of I Looked Away, Blood Sisters and My Husband's Wife, is back with a compelling domestic thriller. I made a mistake is a family drama, laced with murder, suspense and regrets. The what ifs that are haunting the two women, the opportunities -or rather lack of- during different eras, and the realization how quickly life can change make for a thought provoking read. The different narratives and timelines effortlessly intertwine, giving us a better insight into each character; their views on motherhood, marriage and love in general reveal the deeper layers of the story. I found myself completely engaged and captivated by these women’s perspective on life. It is a must-read for anyone looking for an emotional and gripping thriller.
Sorry, not as described. A disappointing read
Poppy Page was once an aspiring actress but after giving up on her dream she now runs her own agency supplying extras and is married to dentist, Stuart, with two teenage daughters and a live-in mother-in-law who picks up the slack given Poppy and Stuart are both immersed in their careers. Virtually living separate lives and drifting further apart from Stuart, the unexpected arrival of her first love and the man who broke her heart at a showbiz party reignites a barrage of emotions in Poppy. Matthew Gordon was the one that got away and after a passionate affair during their three years at drama school he unceremoniously dumped Poppy and it doesn’t take too much smooth talking for Poppy to fall into bed with him and commit a monumental mistake. But her old flame isn’t going away easily and inveigles himself into every area of her life, including registering as a patient at her husband surgery and visiting Poppy’s dementia suffering dad. But where will it end and how long can Poppy keep scrambling to prevent her family and husband from discovering the truth..?
The novel cuts between Poppy’s story to the Central Criminal Court where a murder trial is taking place to heartfelt letters that Betty has written to her daughter-in-law. Whilst we do not know who is on trial readers learn the name of the deceased on page sixteen, effectively putting the kibosh on the build up of any meaningful suspense. Poppy isn’t characterised with any real depth and much of her self-involved narrative is nothing more than padding making her feel rather like a flimsy caricature. Less fluff from Poppy about the agency and the book could easily have been a hundred pages shorter but her story illustrates that big lies often begin with small ones and an often unstoppable chain of events can ensue.
For me it was Betty’s part of the narrative where she recounts her experiences of marriage and motherhood and talks honesty about the mistakes in her life that held my attention. I really warmed to her character, admired her attitude and her letters to Poppy reveal a complicated woman plagued by guilt and sadness all hidden behind her sunny disposition. Whilst I wasn’t at all convinced that Poppy’s mistake merited the sympathy and understanding that Betty’s story moved me too I appreciated the attempt to draw comparisons between the two women across the eras. Undemanding women’s fiction with a moral!