Book Review: The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

If you slept with a stranger for money, who’d really end up paying? We all think we know who we are. What we’re capable of.

Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate.

Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away.

But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.

Roz has a choice to make.

What I Thought:

I’ll be totally upfront and let you know that I love Paula Daly’s books – so far, she’s not written a bad one and, as I’ve just grabbed her latest one to read, I thought it high time I added my thoughts on The Mistake I Made (TMIM).

What sells Paula’s books in general, but this book in particular, is the relatability of the main characters. Lisa in Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a harried mum trying to do her best, and Roz in TMIM is in a tricky financial situation thanks to her divorce. I’m not saying that in her position many would take the opportunity that presents itself to her, but I think most parents can at least relate to trying to run a home, keep a job and look after a child on a shoestring.

Running alongside the ‘Indecent Proposal’ plot in the book, there is lots to love here – domestic drama, yes, but also a solid crime thriller element that I loved, as it strikes a good balance and keeps the pages turning.

All of Paula Daly’s books are set around the Lake District, but she even manages to fill this idyllic holiday spot with menace – the holiday brochure depiction of it is washed out by rain and grey skies which underline the tense character arcs underneath – excellently done!

As I said, The Mistake I Made is another excellent entry in Paula Daly’s catalogue, so it was a pleasure to see it on screen in ITV’s Deep Water (which you can rent now on Amazon Prime). Sinead Keenan was excellent as Roz, and the whole series was a great combo of several of Paula’s books.

The Mistake I Made is published by Bantam Press.

To find out more about Paula Daly and her books, you can connect with her on Twitter.

Please note: I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley (eons ago it seems!) but all opinions are, as ever, my own.

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