Written by Sarah Simpson
DO WE EVER KNOW WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?
Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage… which has become the perfect lie. Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg – instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move.
So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she’s least expecting it, he will find them…
What was Eve’s greatest mistake?
Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive…?
Deep, Dark and Tantalising!
This is a book to take your breath away. The layers are unpeeled slowly and deliberately and it is deep, dark and tantalising!
Eve married Gregg for love; blinded by the attentive charming man and and his ‘you’re perfect’ comments she fails to spot any of the warning signs which, with hindsight, she realises must have been there. To begin with this story reminded me of the film Sleeping with the Enemy but it’s much, much grittier than that. When Eve finally leaves, her main concern is to protect her son Jack from the influence of his father, but some things never go away no matter how much you want them to.
This is a gripping read, and it wasn’t until I had completed this book that I realised this is a debut novel. WOW. Author Sarah Simpson holds so much promise for what’s to come and I shall certainly be watching for her future releases. As the story unfolded, I found myself worried for Eve, rooting for her and at times terrified in the face of her bravery. The love of a mother brings with it courage which many of us don’t normally have, and this book displays that so well. Having run the gamut of emotions which the skilful writing evokes, I’m quite worn out! Not a novel to be taken at face value, this is an engrossing read, switching from two different timelines and harbouring secrets within. Definitely a five star read and one which I have no hesitation in recommending.
My thanks to publishers Aria for pre-approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2209 KB
- Print Length: 486 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 1 April 2018
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/gyG7ODF
Meet the Author
Always a deep thinking child, Sarah supposed that one day – she’d become a writer. So many hours consumed by reading, lost in the fantasy worlds of Enid Blyton. Always a people watcher, wondering what is ensuing behind the eyes. But as is often the case, life gripped her hand, and led her along a different path. She graduated first with a business degree and then with a psychology degree. After completing post-graduate studies, Sarah worked as a therapist within the varied field of mental health. This path has gifted her an invaluable understanding of life and of people. Now a writer; she could never have been without these experiences.
She wanted to write about life and as with her debut novel, Her Greatest Mistake – perhaps travel the darker aspects of life and relationships.
Her Greatest Mistake is a story of how life can so easily take a wrong turn, twisting and spinning in a nightmare fashion. It is told through the eyes of the main female protagonist, Eve, who is a psychologist. It explores how it is not always what we see, what we know, but more perhaps – what we don’t see and what maybe we don’t know. The readers journey with Eve, will involve moments of sadness, darkness, happiness, guilt, hate, fear but above all love.
Her Greatest Mistake also reflects on the relationship between truth and lies and how really, there is very little absolute truth, only ever perspective. A perspective couloured by life and personal experiences in a moment of time.
When writing, Sarah is able to temporarily evaporate into another world, completely losing herself to the imagination. She becomes so engulfed by the story, hours slip away in the guise of minutes and the environment fades somewhere in to the distance. Even when she’s not writing, she is never far removed from the evolving story of her characters, and the wonderings of their motives.
Sarah now lives in Cornwall with her husband and three children, German Shepherd and cat.
Sarah’s second novel will be released later this year.