The Mistake I Made
Author: Paula Daly
Length: 426 pages
Publishers: Transworld Publishers 2015
The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly is focused around a single mother called Roz and her son George. Roz is a physiotherapist whose business has fallen apart and is crippled by debt that was left by her ex-husband. Roz is later propositioned by a rich man who is willing to pay her for a night together.
I really enjoyed this novel, and I was honestly really surprised, it has shocking twists which I really didn’t expect. It kept me as a reader interested in the story and wanting to know what was going to happen. I went into one of those dreaded reading slumps and needed something that was easy to get into and the story just flowed and was easy to engage with. This was the perfect novel! The chapters were short and kept the plot of the novel flowing and leaving the reader wanting to know more. This novel is very character driven, the world is explained, but not as descriptive as other novels, but that didn’t have an effect on the overall reading experience.
The Characters were brilliant within this novel. Roz the single mother I felt real sympathy for, because of her past failed relationship and having to bring up her son by herself, but I felt even more sympathetic for George her son who ends up stealing in school so that he can help his mother out with money issues. I loved how Paula Daly showed how Roz’s debt had affected her son and how he wanted to help her out, I just thought he was the sweetest little boy ever. One of the best aspects of this novel is that the reader knows who to like and hate, Scott I absolutely hated, he was so possessive and controlling it reminded me of the character, Mr Grey from the Fifty Shades series apart from it’s not as sexualised, sex is mentioned within this novel but it’s not explained or detailed it’s just implied which I really liked.
Overall this novel pleasantly surprised me and helped me to get out of my reading slump, I am really interested in reading more of Paula Daly’s novels because of how much I enjoyed this book. I gave this novel 4*