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HER FIRST MISTAKE BY CAREY BALDWIN @bookouture #Netgalley #Bookreview

Heloooo! How’re you all doing? Today’s post is on an Arc I read last month which I truly love. A bit of question for the day. Wʜᴏ ᴀʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғᴀᴠᴏᴜʀɪᴛᴇ ᴘᴜʙʟɪsʜᴇʀs?

For me, I’ve not really been interested in the publishers of books that I read. But since joining Netgalley last year, that has changed.
I’ve discovered different publishers and even understood their type of books. Some of my faves are Bookouture, Avon books and Stories Untold LLC.

Title: Her First Mistake

Genre: Mystery, Psychological thriller, Psychological Fiction, Crime Fiction

Published: 30 April 2021


Mia covered her mouth to keep from crying out. She hated the dark, but her mother had made her promise. But what was the point of being a good little girl if she couldn’t help her mother? She’d promised her mother not to scream, but she hadn’t promised not to escape…

To the world, Mia Thornton is invisible—a quiet, timid preschool teacher. People would never guess that she found the will to dig her way out of a locked shed when she was just six years old. That she never saw her mother again.

Now, all Mia longs for is a normal life and friends to call her own. But when she runs into a group of colleagues one evening, she discovers that, once again, she’s been excluded. Stung at the rejection, she pockets the keys of one of the women in a petty act of revenge. Celeste Cooper is fearless, pretty, popular—everything Mia wishes she could be.

The next day, Celeste is reported missing. And Mia realizes that it might have been her fault. Wracked with guilt, she joins the search, determined to make up for her mistake. But as she grows closer to Celeste’s family, Mia can’t help but feel she’s being watched…

What if Celeste’s disappearance has more to do with Mia than she realizes? And if she keeps digging, does she risk being dragged back into the dark forever?

Prepare to be gripped by the pulse-pounding new psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling author Carey Baldwin. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be totally addicted to Her First Mistake.

Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and for this ARC copy.

The prologue gripped me completely. I felt powerless reading it,imagining the whole situation that poor little Mia had got into. There are a lot of people that have veen through this. I can’t begin to imagine the psychological impact it has on them.

Mia didn’t choose her life. But she grew up in it. Living in a shed in the middle of nowhere with her mother is heartbreaking, but for her mother to leave little Mia there all alone, locked up, every night in order for her to ‘work’ is cruel. Well, one night Mama never comes back. The food and water has long gone. What will Mia do? The poor girl has to learn the real meaning of survival.

As the chapters go on, I discover that Mia is now a grown lady, working as a teacher and living with her aunt. But guess what? Everything Is Not What It Seems. Her life as a child is still traumatising her. Living with her aunt, she grows up into having anxiety attacks. Her aunt, more like a helicopter aunt has caged Mia for a long time.

Mia wants to have friends, maybe a boyfriend. She wants to go to a cinema, a trip during the summer, feel confident. But she can’t. She tends to get scared, nervous talking to people, paranoia setting in her bones.

As the book progresses, Celeste, Mia’s fellow teacher disappears. Someone whom Mia had seen at a restaurant after Mia’s ‘friend’ didn’t arrive to eat with her. Celeste dropped her keys unknowingly and Mia, in a sad state, call it revenge, took the keys and hid it. 

Now the girl is missing. Does Mia know more than she’s letting on? Who is the mysterious person that put a GPS in her car? Are her new friends trustworthy? Or is her aunt’s paranoia in not letting Mia have friends so strong as to make a person so missing? Who has been sending her ominous letters with same words each time ‘I KNOW WHAT YOU DID’?

This book is a must read! I was captured from the beginning. I love the strong love, family and betrayal themes in this book. Each character was explained to the fullest, the dialogues powerful, all the while the  mystery seeping in slowly.

It was well written and so different. This is a marvellous example of a psychological thriller with tension throughout the novel. I already can’t wait to read more books by the author.

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