You trusted your best friend… you shouldn’t have.
Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.
But what she is about to learn is that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them.
When Vicky risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only one person she trusts enough to turn to, her best friend Amber.
One little lie. One little secret. One little mistake could destroy her world.
One Little Mistake focuses on Vicky Seagreave, a woman who seemingly has it all, a caring husband, three healthy children and a beautiful home. However, all of this is thrown into jeopardy when Vicky makes a rash decision, a decision she is said to have repeated in the past, only this time it brings grave consequences with it. Feeling like she’s set to lose everything Vicky leans on her best friend Amber for support and advice, but does Amber really have Vicky’s best interests at heart?
The very core of this novel focuses on the act of making mistakes. Whilst many will be shocked at what Vicky does, I feel like what follows is far greater than any of the mistakes she’s made. This is a novel that makes you think if you were in the same situation, what would you do? As Vicky tries to bury her mistakes, she is drawn deeper into more lies and deception that threaten everything she has.
I did sympathise with all of the characters in one way, they have all been let down in some way, lied to, or hurt. One Little Mistake, shows the pressure and psychological toll family life, marriage, friendships, and feeling neglected can have. This is shown through the split narrative of the novel, as it flits effortlessly between the past, set eighteen years earlier, and present.
My favourite aspect of this novel was how Curtis presents the relationship between Amber and Vicky. The two have been best friends for years, they care for each other’s children, and they are constantly around each other’s families, they are seemingly inseparable. However, it is very clear that Amber is envious of Vicky’s life. Amber see’s Vicky as someone who has not had to work for everything she has, everything just comes easy for her, and Vicky takes all of it for granted. On the other hand, Amber feels as though she has had to fight to get to where she is in life, and is still unhappy with what she has. It is in Amber’s point of views that we get to really understand how she feels about her ‘best friend’, it is clear she jealous and wants to use Vicky for self-gain.
My favourite character in One Little Mistake is Vicky. I find her endearing and truly believe she is a good mum. However, I did sometimes want to shout at her for being so naive and hiding Amber’s alarming behaviour from her husband Tom, although I know this is because she was scared of tales of her own rash behaviour being revealed.
I would like to have read more of Amber’s point of view in the novel. Whilst we do get a good glimpse into her life, I found myself wanting to read her POV more so when we started to see her darker side, and would have liked more of an insight into her present day family life.
Overall this book had me gripped, not just with fraught friendships/relationships but with the second story that follows all the way through the novel. The ending was to be expected, but there are some clever twists thrown in to make it a dramatic and a novel that will stay with you. There were some loose ends that I felt like I needed the answers to, but I can promise you won’t be disappointed with this novel. It’s claustrophobic, intense, and most importantly, it will shock you.