Saturday, May 9, 2020

BLOG TOUR - One Mistake

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for One Mistake by Rona Halsall.


How far would you go to protect your happy home?

Sara made one promise to herself when she was growing up in foster care: that if she was lucky enough to have a family, she’d always do whatever it took to protect them. Looking around her home with its cosy kitchen and living room, where her energetic teenage daughters and gorgeous four-year-old son all eat, play and live together, she knows she’d do anything to keep them safe.

So when Sara’s husband Matt loses his job and every shred of his confidence with it, she knows it’s up to her to bring the family back from the brink. Though she doesn’t know where she can possibly find the money they need to keep afloat.

Until her boss at work offers her a deal. He’ll help out. She just has to do him one little favour. But could trusting him save Sara’s family, or will it be a mistake that costs her absolutely everything?

This year’s most gripping psychological thriller – perfect for fans of My Lovely Wife, The Girl on the Train, and Something in the Water.



Title:   One Mistake
Author:  Rona Halsall
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   308
Date of Publication:  May 5, 2020
My Rating:   5 Stars

Sara has the perfect family and a hard-working husband, Matt. When he begins to act strangely, she wonders if he is having an affair. That fear is quickly removed, but still things are pretty bad - he’s lost his job, made redundant, which is something becoming all too common.  

Sara had always wanted to reenter the workforce one day. With twin teen girls and a four-year-old son, she was always too busy. Now with Matt without income, Sara is more than willing to step up. Having already taken on part-time work at a local community center, so she asked and was then able to take on full-time work. 

Meanwhile, Sara had a little nest egg and when Matt comes up with an idea to start his on business, it is then that Sara hatches a deadly plan. The thing is, Sara lost the money in a bad investment but never told her husband. She “borrows” the money from the community center, with every intent of paying it back. When the manager of the community center, James, gets wind of what Sara has done, he promises to make things right with the center’s accounts - if Sara will do him a favor. This “little” favor has long-reaching consequences for Sara and things begin to unravel in unimaginable ways for her. 

Now Sara is all twisted up. She is now keeping secrets from Matt, dealing with the stress of problems with her teen daughters and she is trying to balance her relationship with her sister Hailey, as the two had a very difficult childhood and their relationship is very sensitive. Meanwhile, Matt is changing before her very eyes. Then there is Sara’s situation with James - how far with one favor go?

I love how Rona Halsall juggled so many balls between all of these scenarios. I also loved that my assumptions about what was actually going on were so wrong! I just had to read this book in one sitting. I felt like I was on a speeding train while reading this book! I just kept thinking it would derail at any moment. I will say that this book truly was rife with situations bound to explode, and they certainly did! This exciting book was thrilling from the very start and the tension never once let up. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Rona lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and three guinea pigs. She has been a bookworm since she was a child and now she's actually creating stories of her own, which still feels like a dream come true. 

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful beaches on the Island while she's plotting how to kill off her next victim. She also makes sure she deletes her Google history on a regular basis, because... well, you can't be too careful when you spend your life researching new and ingenious ways for people to die.

She has three children and two step-children who are now grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories!


  1. This looks divine - excellent review, Robin!

  2. Oh this looks so good. I'll have to check it out. Great review.

  3. This sounds great! I love your review!

  4. This seems like a really interesting read.

  5. this sounds, well, thrilling!!! loved your review and you always find books i want to add to my poor TBR..