I Made a Mistake by Jane Corry
Publishing Date: 28th May 2020
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 464
Genre: General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
YOU DIDN’T MEAN TO DO IT.
IT WAS ONLY ONCE.
BUT NOW HE’S DEAD, AND SOMEONE HAS TO PAY . . .
The darkly addictive new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I Looked Away, Blood Sisters and My Husband’s Wife.
In Poppy Page’s mind, there are two types of women in this world: those who are faithful to their husbands, and those who are not. Until now, Poppy has never questioned which she was.
But when handsome, charming Matthew Gordon walks back into her life after almost two decades, that changes. Poppy makes a single mistake – and that mistake will be far more dangerous than she could imagine.
Someone is going to pay for it with their life . . .
Poppy Page has been an aspiring actress once but now she runs a successful extras agency. Married to Stuart, who is a dentist, they have two daughters, Melissa and Daisy and since recently they all live together with Stuart’s mother Betty, who has moved in with them to help with the girls. At a party Poppy meets an ex – boyfriend Matthew Gordon – she was head over heels in love with him many years ago but he has broken her heart and married another woman. After this meeting, Poppy’s life changes dramatically and she seems to be making a mistake after a mistake. And then someone’s is murdered. Who? And why? Did Poppy make one mistake too many?
There was enough depth to the characters and they were drawn and portrayed well enough, and they were either easy to like or to dislike. The story is told by Poppy and Betty, interspersed with scenes at the Central Criminal Court. I must admit that it was Betty’s narration that had me hooked most and it was her story that was the most interesting for me. The more I read, the more sympathy I felt to her and the more I understood her, though I was also all the time wondering why we are getting those glimpses into her past, what this has to do with Poppy’s situation. Betty’ history and background of her courtship and marriage to Jock in the 60’s and 70’s was fascinating to me, it was a subplot that had a strong backbone and it was so easy to fell for Betty, even with her naivety and subordination, but we all know that life used to be a bit different than it is now for women. But there was a moment that she really shown she’s a strong woman, a moment that I wanted to give her a standing ovation.
Poppy, on the other hand, seemed a bit pale in comparison to Betty and, to be honest, I couldn’t help thinking that she brought a huge part of the damage upon herself. I mean, she didn’t deserve the huge fallout and I personally wanted to do something very bad and painful to Matthew but sometimes she simply behaved like a child lost in fog and her decisions were strange and inappropriate.
It is a well written, full of substance book with the right pacing and some twists and turns thrown at us at the right moments. However, I have a little problem with Jane Corry’s writing style because for me it seems so unattached, you know, as if the author was observing her characters but not engaging with them, keeping a cool head and not letting them to take over the plot – it simply sometimes lacks in spontaneity and sparkles. I think that the weakest points of this novel are the scenes set in the criminal Court – I’m sorry, but they weren’t believable. Sure, they add another layer to the plot and they keep us in suspense but they simply seemed too unrealistic. Also, I think that such kind of book would profit even more with a different ending – don’t want to tell more as don’t want to spoil the reading for you but in my humble opinion life is not always a bed of roses and I’m not going to write more because if I won’t stop I feel a huge spoiler coming here.
I enjoyed “I Made a Mistake”, though I can’t say that it was Jane Corry’s best one, however, despite all the weaker points, I still think it was an emotionally charged roller – coaster journey full of twists and turns. It’s not only a thriller but it’s also a family drama, telling about the characters’ mistakes and regrets, and it made me feel sad that it’s only women that see their lives through committed mistakes, that it’s only Poppy and Betty that have regrets and want to change something, and not their husbands or the men in their lives. But it’s also about this incredible woman’s strength to forget and forgive, about woman’s solidarity, about being able to sacrifice everything for another woman to protect the family. It’s a read that pulls at the heart – strings, is thought – provoking and poignant. Recommended!
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