One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis


Published: 15th June 2017
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages: 448


Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy. When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to. But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them…


Thank you to Black Swan for kindly sending me a review copy.

The narrative begins with a mother putting her young child back to sleep before she heads out into the rain, alone. The readers don’t have time to think as the narrative jumps back a day where our main character, Vicky Seagrave comes home to her husband and children, but where has she been? With another man, of course but as Vicky confides in her best friend Amber, not all is what it seems and readers begin to wonder: who can be trusted? What I really liked from the opening two chapters was that Vicky wasn’t 40-something and having a mid-life crisis: she’s 28, a Mum of 3, a primary school teacher and for once, the age was refreshing.

“Families rely on me for support and guidance. They do not expect me to destroy them.” 

Very early on in the narrative, Vicky’s mistake of leaving the house while her baby sleeps is met with a dark figure but that’s not all, as readers read about the struggle and the after-math, it’s only when Amber (the best friend) begins to talk, that things get interesting. As the narrative in 2010 continues, readers are also given elements from 1992 about a 10 year old girl who has just become an orphan. I was particularly interested to see how this would link to the main plot line and whether Emma would make the connection as brilliant as I would hope.

“She couldn’t tell Maggie what was happening, about the touching. Like had warned her about the consequences.”

It’s when the two families are away on holiday together when everything clicks into place: Vicky and Amber have history, but only one of them knows all about it and it would seem that revenge is on the cards but why? Once they all arrive back home and settle into normality again, one family is broken apart and yet, Amber isn’t finished. Will she reveal the truth about the burglary? Will she ruin her best friend’s life? Towards the end of the narrative, everything is put into Amber’s hands and it’s safe to say, it all goes rather crazy quite quickly. I thought the general outcome of the plot was fantastic, nothing was missed, the characters were full of personalities and the emotional roller coaster in which readers were taken on was truly superb.

“I wish I could have healed her.”