Her One Mistake / Now You See Her by Heidi Perks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Child abduction stories have been written by many but to write it in such a way to capture a reader’s attention and present it in a whole new light is impressive. Her One Mistake is a story that captures the emotional upheaval not when you lose your own child but a friend’s child who was in your care. The guilt and torment associated with it was harrowing to read.

The story moves thru Charlotte and Harriet’s POV’s and also diary entries from Harriet that focuses on her pain called life. It is easy to see the direction of the story as it progresses but even then there’s so much going on to keep the pages flying. The double ending was a surprise, I kind of expected the end with the mystery solved but then to show the effects of trauma on Charlotte and Harriet was touching.
Brilliantly conceived plot!

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She’s playing at the school fete with your children. You pull out your phone, scroll through Facebook, and look up again.

Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable, tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.

Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.


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