We all think we know who we are.
What we’re capable of.
Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate.
Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away.
But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.
Let me ask you this – would you make the same mistake as Roz Toovey?
The Mistake I Made was my introduction into the world of Paula Daly, after reading the first couple of pages I knew I was in for a winning read, the style being so easy reading and flowing.
Roz Toovey is the main character of the story, yes, she was the one who made the mistake and she narrates the novel to the reader. I enjoyed the way she presented herself, realistically, normal and believable. Roz was an everyday person trying and desperately failing to make ends meet.
When you really hit rock bottom do you honestly know what you would agree to? desperation and destitution can distract from the reality of what is perceived to be right and wrong and Roz was right in the thick of things. Scott came along as an opportunity for a way out, a release if you will with an ‘easy’ solution that would make life easier for Roz and her Son. Roz would have done whatever it took for the happiness of her Son. Her life was extremely hard and with a disgruntled and worried young child about the become harder being given an opportunity for an escape route was a silver lining.
Scott Elias, wealthy, powerful, and very married is another strong character in the story but not necessarily a nice one. He was not really my cup of tea and portrayed as the ‘man who always gets what he wants’ character, selfish, spoilt, spiteful and peevish. He plays his part very well, until things do not go as he wants them too, this is when we see his ‘other’ side. His character is written very well and again believable.
As I was nearing the end of the story it hit me with full force what was happening and why
That moment of ‘oh god can it really be’ and ‘it really was’ which although my instinct was correct this didn’t ruin the story just added another layer of tension and disgust.
I found myself reading faster and faster over the last two chapters willing the characters to behave how I wanted, wishing the story to take a sideways shift I didn’t want to read the inevitable, I didn’t want that end result and luckily I wasn’t disappointed.
I closed the book with a cheesy smile across my face.
I gave The Mistake I Made 5 stars because it caught my attention, was written in a very realistic way with wholesome characters and an unpredictable ending.
I would recommend the work of Paula Daly and would most certainly read another of her novels.
For an easy read and an absorbing, switch your head off style of book I suggest you give this one a try.