The First Mistake



From Sandie Jones, The Author Of The Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick AndNew York Times Bestseller The Other Woman, Comes An Addictively Readable New Domestic Suspense About A Wife, Her Husband, And The Woman Who Is Supposedly Her Best FriendE WIFE For Alice, Life Has Never Been Better With Her Second Husband, She Has A Successful Business, Two Children, And A Beautiful HouseHER HUSBAND Alice Knows That Life Could Have Been Different If Her First Husband Had Lived, But Nathan S Arrival Into Her Life Gave Her Back The Happiness She CravedHER BEST FRIEND Through The Ups And Downs Of Life, From Celebratory Nights Out To Comforting Each Other Through Loss, Alice Knows That With Her Best Friend Beth By Her Side, They Can Survive Anything Together So When Nathan Starts Acting Strangely, Alice Turns To Beth For Help But Soon, Alice Begins To Wonder Whether Her Trust Has Been MisplacedThe First Mistake Could Be Her LastThe First Mistake

Sandie Jones has worked as a freelance journalist for over twenty years, and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman s Weekly and the Daily Mail She lives in London with her husband and three children The Other Woman is her debut novel.

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The First Mistake
  • Sandie Jones
  • English
  • 16 July 2019
  • 1250192021

10 thoughts on “The First Mistake

  1. says:

    4.5 starsI read this almost a month ago and I ve put off writing a review because there are so many things I want to say about this book but I m having a hard time trying to find the words without giving too much away about the plot So my apologies, but this review is going to be pretty vague I will say though I had so much fun reading this one If you enjoyed the author s previous novel, The Other Woman, I highly recommend checking this one out as I think this one is better.Alice runs a succe 4.5 starsI read this almost a month ago and I ve put off writing a review because there are so many things I want to say about this book but I m having a hard time trying to find the words without giving too much away about the plot So my apologies, but this review is going to be pretty vague I will say though I had so much fun reading this one If you enjoyed the author s previous novel, The Other Woman, I highly recommend checking this one out as I think this one is better.Alice runs a successful business with her second husband, Nathan, and is also busy raising two children Life is pretty darn good, or at least it seemed that way until Nathan started acting differently So Alice turns to her best friend, Beth, for support And let s just say life is about to get real interesting for Alice whether she likes it or not.This might sound like a stupid statement but in my opinion whether or not you like this book is going to depend on your reading requirements for the genre Overall, the most important thing to me when I read a book in the suspense, thriller, or mystery genre is I want to be entertained and just have a fun reading experience and that was the case here I also like that feeling of confusion in which you think you know what s going on but you also doubt yourself theandyou read Is the story perfect No, but it was one fun and wild ride which is good enough for me I needed a nice distraction type read because my life is a bit chaotic right now and this book definitely delivered.Thank you to the publisher and BookishFirst for sending me a free advance copy I was under no obligation to post a review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion

  2. says:

    Many moons ago November of 2017 to be exact , I had the privilege of reading an early manuscript of Sandie Jones s debut novel The Other Woman, and I knew once I finished it that the publishing industry had found something really special I was completely shocked by the ending, and perhaps that set my expectations to unrealistic standards while going into The First Mistake Don t get me wrong, this was another entertaining page turner, but unfortunately I found that it fell into many of the sam Many moons ago November of 2017 to be exact , I had the privilege of reading an early manuscript of Sandie Jones s debut novel The Other Woman, and I knew once I finished it that the publishing industry had found something really special I was completely shocked by the ending, and perhaps that set my expectations to unrealistic standards while going into The First Mistake Don t get me wrong, this was another entertaining page turner, but unfortunately I found that it fell into many of the same traps that psychological thrillers today seem to keep doing Obviously, we ve reached a point where it s difficult to find any twists that haven t been done before, and it has been causing quite a buzz amongst readers of what the future holds for the genre I sympathize with suspense novelists everywhere when I say that it s quite a predicament, and not one that I have an answer for All that to say, I feel like this book fell into the realm where, if it had been published in an earlier era, perhaps it wouldn t have felt so predictable Poor Alice has been living in survival mode for quite some time After the sudden disappearance of her husband, Tom, she fell down a dark hole of depression and anxiety Even after a decade has passed, with a new husband, an additional daughter between them, and a successful, thriving design business, Alice is continually batting away anxiety, drama, and everything negative I can t get into too much detail here, but the story consists of heaps of drama coming from every angle of Alice s life There are problems in her marriage, problems with friends, problems with her kids at school, and her own personal demons she s battling It s a lot going on, and I appreciate how the author was able to tie it all together by the ending, but this might have been one of the first ways the book became predictable With so many moving parts, I found there was really only one set path the story could take, and that took away a bit of the surprise factor by the novel s climax.The pacing was super fast in this one, and I only found myself dragging a bit when the narrator changes in the middle and gives us a past tense view The entire middle portion is a huge reason why my star rating went down to a 3 it felt unnecessary as everything we find out in that portion is exactly what I assumed would be written upon starting it, and only serves as confirming a backstory This was just personal preference, and may work better for other readers than it did for myself If you re looking for a fun, compulsive read this summer to pass the time, I d still recommend picking this up I m glad I read it, and will continue to look out forfrom the authorMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

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    My reviews can also be seen at appears to have it all She has a great family, a wonderful home, and a successful business.Alice s first husband, Tom died over ten years ago, and it was devastating But eventually, she met and fell in love with Nathan and married for the second time.Alice and Nathan have been trying to land a deal for a big project in Japan AT Designs is the company that Alice and Tom started Nathan joined the company and takes ca My reviews can also be seen at appears to have it all She has a great family, a wonderful home, and a successful business.Alice s first husband, Tom died over ten years ago, and it was devastating But eventually, she met and fell in love with Nathan and married for the second time.Alice and Nathan have been trying to land a deal for a big project in Japan AT Designs is the company that Alice and Tom started Nathan joined the company and takes care of the business side of things while Alice takes care of the creative part.Alice s best friend is Beth Beth s daughter Millie goes to school with Olivia Alice and Beth are very close and supportive of each other They both lost their husbands, although it was in very different ways Beth s ex cheated on her and Beth is still quite angry about it.Alice is thankful she has such a loving and loyal husband in Nathan.Then Nathan starts acting strangely But he seems to have an answer for everything Alice WANTS to believe what he tells her, but her head and heart say two different things.Is she being played for a fool One night Alice is browsing Facebook when she comes across a profile that shakes her entire world.Luckily she has her best friend to lean on But after her next conversation with Beth, Alice s world explodes yet again.Is there anyone Alice can trust So many secrets, so many lies, and a whole lot of drama had me quickly flipping the pages of this engaging psychological suspense novel.The novel is broken into three parts Part one is Alice s point of view Part two is from Beth s perspective and part three brings everything together There were times I found myself annoyed with Alice and Beth and some of the decisions they made, but I still thought this was a very enjoyable read The First Mistake was an interesting story of suspicion, jealousy, and betrayal It also had some surprising twists I was positive I had things figured out, but in most cases, I was way off.I d like to thank Minotaur Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel All opinions are my own

  4. says:

    This is a book I ve been hearing such great things about lately As anxious as I was to immediately dig into it, I feared the hype may be overrated, leaving one disappointed reader Wellmy worries couldn t be further from reality I loved it It most certainly deserves all the buzz it s been receiving Early on I was sure I had a handle on this twisty gem Not even close The curves never quit coming And the endingBAM How well do you really know the love of your lifeor your best friend This is a book I ve been hearing such great things about lately As anxious as I was to immediately dig into it, I feared the hype may be overrated, leaving one disappointed reader Wellmy worries couldn t be further from reality I loved it It most certainly deserves all the buzz it s been receiving Early on I was sure I had a handle on this twisty gem Not even close The curves never quit coming And the endingBAM How well do you really know the love of your lifeor your best friend for that matter Who can you really trust Are you sure If you love a masterfully crafted, twisty thriller guaranteed to keep you in the dark guessing throughoutlook no further This is the book for you As much as I enjoyed Sandie Jones previous book The Other Woman, her latest release blows that one away, a must read Highly recommend Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin s Press Minotaur Books and Sandie Jones for an ARC to read and review

  5. says:

    3.5 stars.Another thriller, another crazy ride.Truthfully though, thethrillers I read, theI feel that my life isn t nearly as screwed up as I think it is sometimes Alice had an idyllic life with her husband Tom, a growing business, and a beautiful young daughter His sudden death at a young age tore Alice apart, leaving her shattered, and unable to regain control of her life for a short while Ultimately she realized her daughter meant the world to her, and she owed it to her to the 3.5 stars.Another thriller, another crazy ride.Truthfully though, thethrillers I read, theI feel that my life isn t nearly as screwed up as I think it is sometimes Alice had an idyllic life with her husband Tom, a growing business, and a beautiful young daughter His sudden death at a young age tore Alice apart, leaving her shattered, and unable to regain control of her life for a short while Ultimately she realized her daughter meant the world to her, and she owed it to her to the both of them to pull herself together.Years later, Alice feels like she has a second chance at happiness Her second husband, Nathan, has stood by her through thick and thin, indulging her anxieties and her fears She now has two daughters, and the business she started building with Tom is now flourishing But when Nathan starts acting suspiciously, Alice s sense of security starts to erode Her best friend, Beth, tells her that she has every right to be concerned about Nathan, but Beth is dealing with her own issues as well And then bombshell after bombshell is revealed, leaving Alice to wonder whom she can trust and how much of her life and her relationships have been a lie.Sandie Jones throws a lot of twists into The First Mistake , so I m being purposely vague on my plot summary, even though many of the surprises seemed well telegraphed early on But having read so many thrillers, some of the things I was expecting didn t materialize, and I always love when an author pulls a fast one on me This was a quick and satisfying read, although there was definitelythan enough melodrama to go around Jones created some complex characters, none of whom is entirely likable, but I couldn t tear myself away from the book even as I was getting annoyed with how long it seemed to take for characters to confront one another.I definitely expect to see the gorgeous cover of The First Mistake in the hands of many readers this summer Suspicion, jealousy, marital dysfunction, and melodrama Sounds like the recipe for a perfect summer read And with Jones as the chef, there s a lot to savor here.NetGalley and Minotaur Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published June 11, 2019 See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

  6. says:

    The First Mistake was a delightful weekend read I recommend you pick this up if you are looking to escape life for a while I completed this in under 24 hours I literally could not put it down This one whisked me away into another person s craziness and that was just what I needed Alice s life hasn t always been perfect, although from the outside it may appear so.She lost her first husband, Tom, a decade ago and as expected, the tragedy hit her extremely hard Her young daughter was really t The First Mistake was a delightful weekend read I recommend you pick this up if you are looking to escape life for a while I completed this in under 24 hours I literally could not put it down This one whisked me away into another person s craziness and that was just what I needed Alice s life hasn t always been perfect, although from the outside it may appear so.She lost her first husband, Tom, a decade ago and as expected, the tragedy hit her extremely hard Her young daughter was really the only thing that helped her pull through the grief.Now remarried to her second husband, Nathan, they own a successful design company and have added another little girl to the family.Alice feels motivated and content Life is good.Unfortunately, Nathan suddenly starts to behave curiously and all Alice s old anxieties rise to the surface.Her best friend, Beth, who always has her back, tells her she has every right to be suspicious.Spurred on by Beth s encouragement, she begins to look into Nathan s odd behaviors Soon Alice wonders if Beth is actually someone she can trust.There were so many twists, turns and revelations in this book, I could not put it down My head was spinning I trusted no one, not even Alice I could never have guessed the conclusion to this, not in my wildest dreams Thank you so much to the publisher, Minotaur Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I am looking forward to readingdomestic suspense from Sandie Jones

  7. says:

    4 StarsBe Careful WHO you place your trust in Alice is a happily married mother of two Nathan really has been a life saver and she loves him desperately Not as much as her first husband Tom, but still, enough Their business is thriving and life is good Beth is Alice s best friend Beth has always struggled ever since her boyfriend left her alone and pregnant Through thick and thin, Beth and Alice have always had each other Who knew they would be tested with something like this What happe 4 StarsBe Careful WHO you place your trust in Alice is a happily married mother of two Nathan really has been a life saver and she loves him desperately Not as much as her first husband Tom, but still, enough Their business is thriving and life is good Beth is Alice s best friend Beth has always struggled ever since her boyfriend left her alone and pregnant Through thick and thin, Beth and Alice have always had each other Who knew they would be tested with something like this What happens when it turns out you don t really know the people you love the most Trust is a slippery slope.It s the First Mistake you make that s always the hardest. just ask Alice.What a fabulous suspenseful read The First Mistake by Sandie Jones was Gripping my kindle for dear life I couldn t swipe fast enough Though I had my suspicions early on and was right I love that , I throughly enjoyed this wild read If you haven t gotten your hands on this one yet, I highly recommend you do.Thank you to NetGalley, Minotaur Books and Sadie JOnes for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Goodreads, NetGalley anon 6.22.19

  8. says:

    3.5 Stars A fast paced and twisty read that is full of twists and turns I absolutely loved this author s debut novel, The Other Woman, and went into this one with high expectations.This one waspredictable, but I was pleased at how the reveals slowly expose what is going on beneath the surface I figured out all the big twists, but I was still pleased Still found myself whispering what the heck is going on here It moved quickly and kept me interested and the whole the wife, 3.5 Stars A fast paced and twisty read that is full of twists and turns I absolutely loved this author s debut novel, The Other Woman, and went into this one with high expectations.This one waspredictable, but I was pleased at how the reveals slowly expose what is going on beneath the surface I figured out all the big twists, but I was still pleased Still found myself whispering what the heck is going on here It moved quickly and kept me interested and the whole the wife, the husband, the best friend triangle was very clever and fun There is so much going on and it is just so darn entertaining to put all the clues together and have your awe moment Even though I saw it coming And the ending I admit..was a shocker Recommend for a fast, light, and FUN vacation read Thanks to ST Martins Press for my review copy This one published on June ,2019

  9. says:

    FOUR STARSI like THE FIRST MISTAKE I was afraid I wouldn t.I like it mucho muchothan The Other Woman and since I gave that one a three star rating, it seems only fair to give Jones s newest novel four big ones.There are only three main characters in THE FIRST MISTAKE and I love that We have a wife and husband and wife s best friend That s it These three characters become so entwined, confused and convoluted you can t even imagine While the writing borders on a bit cheesy for me, th FOUR STARSI like THE FIRST MISTAKE I was afraid I wouldn t.I like it mucho muchothan The Other Woman and since I gave that one a three star rating, it seems only fair to give Jones s newest novel four big ones.There are only three main characters in THE FIRST MISTAKE and I love that We have a wife and husband and wife s best friend That s it These three characters become so entwined, confused and convoluted you can t even imagine While the writing borders on a bit cheesy for me, the characters are fleshed out and the situations are somewhat believable Jones really sells this saga in an interesting way Similar to one of my faves, The Wife Between Us, the first part of the book is told from the wife s viewpoint and the next part is told from the best friend s point of view I have to leave it at that The fun is in trying to put the puzzle pieces together Serious psyche suspense lovers will likely figure out what is going on a bit early in the book Bummer But, it is still a very fun read with its twisty story structure and snappy fast dialogue The ending is super satisfying That counts a lot in my book.THE FIRST MISTAKE practically screams summertime read It s a light story to quickly read and oh, so fun I m sure you will be seeing it at the beach, pool and everywhere Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review the advanced galley This opinion is strictly my own.

  10. says:

    I had fun reading The First Mistake by Sandie Jones It was a quick easy read for me and had my mind reeling with all the twists and turns Despite the fact that I was correct with some of my suspicions about what was going on the in the book, I enjoyed finding out why things were happening and who was doing exactly what Alice lost her first husband in an accident, had a nervous breakdown and was saved by her second husband, Nathan, who now works with her in the business that Alice and her fi I had fun reading The First Mistake by Sandie Jones It was a quick easy read for me and had my mind reeling with all the twists and turns Despite the fact that I was correct with some of my suspicions about what was going on the in the book, I enjoyed finding out why things were happening and who was doing exactly what Alice lost her first husband in an accident, had a nervous breakdown and was saved by her second husband, Nathan, who now works with her in the business that Alice and her first husband created Beth is Alice s best friend and the person Alice confides in when she starts having suspicions concerning Nathan Then Alice s life goes farther downhill when she finds that her life with her first husband could have been a lie Things get twisted and tangled and it s hard to know who to believe or whether Alice is overly paranoid and mixing too many drinks and medicines to even think clearly One minute I m thinking that Alice is way to quick with her anger and blame and the next minute I don t trust anyone in the book Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this ARC

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