I Made A Mistake - Jane Corry

Polly's life isn't perfect and when the chance to relive an old romance with Matthew she is at first apprehensive but a late night encounter changes everything. Whilst she is trying to run from her mistakes they are catching up fast, keeping this a secret is proving more difficult that she thought, especially when she gets arrested for murder. Her mother-in-law Betty is also trying to run from her mistakes, but will she and Polly join forces to protect their family?

(Spoilers ahead)

Straight away I was enjoying the changing perspectives of this novel. Not only did we switch between Betty and Polly, but also between different time periods for the two characters. Coupled with the short chapters this was a brilliant way for keeping the reader engaged and it definitely worked on me. I powered through this book in about a day and a half and it was a wonderful experience! I do have to say a big thank you to Viking for sending me a copy of this and for letting me take part in the Bookstagram tour!

When the main character isn't likeable or relatable it can take a lot of the author's writing skill to keep the reader invested but Corry has pulled it off. Polly was the main focus and her development did make her redeemable but I couldn't connect with her at all. She seemed to be the creator of her own downfall and took that out on various other characters. However, like I said above this didn't stop me enjoying the book. Corry perfectly contradicts Polly's unbalanced lifestyle with Betty who is very set and steady with her mindset and seeing their different styles and personalities still bring them to the same conclusion in family protection was a beautiful story to see unfold.

The story did remind me of the film "Keeping Mum" with Maggie Smith (a brilliant film) - slight spoiler there! Betty was my preferred character to Polly, I could tell from about 20% of the way through that she'd be involved in the climax of the novel but that didn't take away from the story at all. Her storyline was an emotional one and it added that connection I was seeking in the book after missing out on one with Polly.

With most thrillers the book ends after the conclusion but Corry tastefully added a worthwhile epilogue that catches up with all members of the family and how they've handled the aftermath. It didn't feel overworked or unnecessary, I enjoyed it thoroughly and it provided full closure for me as a reader to the story.

Whilst I did love the story the twist ending went a bit off track for me, Matthew's reasoning for threatening Polly was perfect as it was but the quick change felt a little forced, as if to add more action. The story wasn't effected to drastically and it did work out toward the end but I did feel it came from no where.

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