The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

The First MistakeThe First Mistake by Sandie Jones

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Out June 4th! Pre-order from Amazon here!

When I read Reese Witherspoons Book Club pick, The Other Woman, last year, I immediately fell in love with Sandie Jones. So when I saw she had another book coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I have lots of mixed feelings about her sophomore novel so stay tuned.


I’m going to give you a super vague description of the plot, because I don’t want to give anything away. But, basically, Alice lives a wonderful live with her husband Nathan and their two daughters, one from Alice’s previous marriage to a man named Tom. When odd things start happening…. think jewelry found in husband’s car or bouquet of flowers addressed to another woman…. Alice begins to become suspicious that her husband is having an affair. And when she goes down that rabbit hole, she will discover more than she bargained for.

Let me just start by saying that if I had read this book 5 years ago when I was first getting into the psychological thriller genre, I probably would have loved it. Unfortunately, with the genre getting more and more jam packed with talent, thrillers really need to stand out to “thrill” me anymore. And this one felt a little bit basic.

I enjoyed the story at a high level and appreciated the way Sandie Jones neatly tied up (most of) the loose ends with a bow. It felt clean and polished. But it also felt predictable. I only found one of the twists mildly surprising, but everything else I saw coming from a mile away. I also felt like the transitions from Part 1 to Part 2 to Part 3 were all kind of choppy. The first two parts felt like completely stand alone and separate stories (because they kind of were), but the structure felt disjointed and left me dissatisfied.

I will also say that the ending finished up too quickly for my liking and I could have done without the Epilogue. I didn’t think it added any value and felt a little bit odd.

If I wasn’t a huge reader of psychological thriller, I probably would have been more surprised along the way. So I could see this being a stepping stone for somebody into the genre. Would recommend for somebody who doesn’t often read psychological thriller and may be looking for a quick and easy read. I wish I would have loved this more but still look forward to what Sandie Jones will come up with next.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Sandie Jones, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-

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1 thought on “The First Mistake by Sandie Jones”

  1. I had to take a break from thrillers for this exact reason – they all follow the same formula and get repetitive. I hadn’t read one in a while, so I liked this one, but totally agree it depends on what you’ve read recently. Also, when there’s only 3 characters, it gets easier to predict (I totally predicted the one I’m sure you did too!)

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