Synopses & Reviews
The Mistake I Made
is the latest page-turner from one of the Englands most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel, Paula Daly focuses her masterful eye for psychological suspense and family drama on an indecent proposal that has fatal repercussions.
Single mother Roz has reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Rozs business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she's struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.
When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that its time for actionshe has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesnt know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sisters fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Eliaswealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with himfor money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?
"You'd think that with single mom Roz Toovey's furniture already repossessed, her anxious nine-year-old son stealing money at school, and eviction looming, her situation couldn't get much worse but it decidedly does in this disappointing downer from CWA Gold Dagger Award finalist Daly (Keep Your Friends Close). Despite her labors as a physiotherapist in England's Lake District, Roz can't see a way out from under the ever-compounding debt racked up by her feckless estranged husband. That is, until wealthy married patient Scott Elias makes her a tantalizingly lucrative and indecent proposal. Things start to get really complicated when, first, Roz's boss, Wayne, stumbles into the arrangement; she then meets an eligible man she likes who happens to be Scott's brother-in-law. Though the plot starts to pick up speed about halfway through, which is around the time Wayne goes missing, by then there's been enough of Roz's largely dreary daily life that some readers may decide not to proceed further. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company (U.K.). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for THE MISTAKE I MADE
"Daly heats things up . . . hypnotic." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
is the author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
and Keep Your Friends Close
. She lives in North West England with her husband, three children, and their dog Skippy. The Mistake I Made
is her third novel.