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Her One Mistake de Heidi Perks
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Her One Mistake (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Heidi Perks (Autor)

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What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend's child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. It all started at the school fair... Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet's daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame. Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface--and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter.... This breathless and fast-paced debut--perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door--takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.… (mais)
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Título:Her One Mistake
Autores:Heidi Perks (Autor)
Informação:Gallery Books (2019), 320 pages
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Not bad. The plot was good and kept my interest and the character of Harriet was well developed. There is a lot of meat for book club discussion, as I found out! First question was "whose one mistake?" followed by "what one mistake?"...there were so many!

One the down side: 1) I think the plot became less plausible in the second half. 2) I would have liked to know a lot more about Charlotte as a character. She was used and abused by her friends and her story was as compelling as Harriet's, but we didn't get much depth or background on Charlotte. 3) The fathers were either selfless or uninvolved with their children.

But a great summer read nonetheless. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 28, 2021 |
This is my first book by Heidi Perks and I am in awe. In fact, I’d never even heard of her. This story grips you from the beginning and does not let go. Yes there are some typical moments along the way, but overall, the way everything is played out is pretty amazing.
I had guessed who was involved about half way through, but there were still enough road blocks thrown up that I second-guessed myself more than once. Regardless of the outcome, the storyline is definitely any parent’s worst nightmare. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I was thrilled to see the release of Now You See Her by Heidi Perks, having previously read her outstanding debut, Beneath the Surface. This book deals with every parent's nightmare: a missing child, only Heidi Perks takes it a step further with the child going missing whilst being looked after by a friend.

Harriet is a bit of a loner and Charlotte is her only friend. When Harriet goes on a course out of town she asks Charlotte to look after her daughter, Alice. This isn't a problem for Charlotte as she plans to take Alice with her 3 children to the village fete. As the children all run off to an inflatable ride, Charlotte checks Facebook on her phone. OMG!!! Why can't people leave their phone alone for 5 minutes? It really annoys me how people are so dependent on their digital life when they have a real life passing them by. Whist Charlotte is immersed in what her friends have had for lunch on Facebook, 4 children get on the ride but only 3 get off. Where is Alice?

Charlotte's guilt is IMMENSE. Especially when she has to admit to having her eye on her phone and not the children. She doesn't even learn her lesson as she seems more concerned about what people think of her than what has happened to Alice. It's no surprise that Harriet doesn't want to see Charlotte when she and her husband, Brian, are given the devastating news that Alice is missing. Charlotte doesn't really know Brian as Charlotte is separated from her husband so they don't socialise as couples. It's a while before you realise that all is not as it seems in Harriet and Brian's marriage. Brian is a total control freak and plays with Harriet's mind even during the stress of Alice's disappearance. He is a totally detestable, manipulative character and he really made my skin crawl.

Fearing for Alice's safety, I felt as if I was acting as judge and jury with Charlotte standing in the dock. I followed the breadcrumbs left by Heidi Perks and, with all of the facts laid before me, I attempted to untangle truth from lies but it's not a straight-cut guilty or innocent case. There's so much going on and lots to uncover before we really find out what happened to Alice.

Now You See Her evoked such emotion in me (as you might have gathered from by Facebook rant). From the mental abuse being dished out by detestable Brian to Charlotte's (and the whole world's) Facebook obsession, I felt my blood pressure rising with every page and that is testament to the mighty fine writing of Heidi Perks. I am not surprised to learn that Now You See Her has been optioned for TV - it's an edge of your seat book and if it's half as good on the small screen, it will be brilliant.

Now You See Her is a twisty-turny psychological thriller that really stands out from the crowd in this very popular genre. It's powerful, emotive, surprising and gripping - definitely one to pick up and discuss at book club or with friends.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
Few books get a 5 star ratings from me…they have to EARN them…and this one won the grand prize. Heidi Perks has produced a bone-chilling work of psychological suspense. The characters of both Charlotte and Harriet present as very sympathetic…people that any parent can relate to. Toward the middle of the book I began to think that there might be something a little “off” about Charlotte. One of the problems I saw with her was a real-life familiar one... and of her own making. While she was supposed to be watching the girls at the fair, she was posting on her Facebook account. Everyone who follows her on the website knew that she was not only notwatching...but was entirely unaware of the children for a long extended period of time. The story goes on to explores some dark topics like abuse...isolation...deception...and desperation...with a big focus on friendships and how easily they can be destroyed. Even though it plays on a familiar and often already done before theme…it does it very well and is well worth the time to read. ( )
  Carol420 | Feb 17, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a spellbinding mystery about a kidnapped little girl.

Charlotte Reynolds is delighted she finally convinced her friend Harriet Hodder to allow her to babysit her four year old daughter, Alice. Charlotte takes Alice, along with her three children ten year old Jack, six year old Molly and 3 year old Evie, to a school fair. Alice, Jack and Molly head off to an inflatable slide and much to Charlotte's horror, her kids safely return but Alice is missing. The police investigation turns up no leads and Harriet and her husband Brian make a desperate plea for any information about Alice. Charlotte becomes increasingly isolated as public opinion toward her changes from sympathetic to blame for not paying close enough attention to the children. As the days pass with no news about Alice, will the police find the missing girl?

On the surface, Charlotte and Harriet appear to be unlikely friends due to their many differences. Charlotte is a divorced mom who works a couple of days a week and lives in an affluent neighborhood. Charlotte's house is sometimes a little chaotic, but with three kids, this is understandable. She also has a wide circle of friends and enjoys participating in several group activities.

After giving birth to Alice, Harriet gave up her job to become a stay at home mom. The house she shares with Brian is small, dark and a little oppressive but it is always neat and tidy. Her best (and only) friend is Charlotte and while she always lends a sympathetic ear, Harriet does not reveal much about herself or her marriage. Harriet is quite distraught as she awaits new information about Alice's fate and she greatly appreciates family liaison officer Susanne Rawlings' comforting presence.

The chapters alternate between Charlotte and Harriet's points of view and switch back and forth between events in the present and the time period right after Alice vanishes. Charlotte is of course devastated that Alice disappeared while in her care. She is also quite upset about her friends' less than sympathetic reaction in light of new information. Harriet feels like the walls are closing in as days pass without any leads about Alice's disappearance. Brian appears to be equally distressed about his missing daughter but some of his behavior toward Alice is rather disturbing. Entries from Harriet's journal provide stunning insight into her marriage during the year prior to Alice's disappearance.

With underlying themes of friendship and secrets, Her One Mistake is an engrossing mystery with a riveting storyline and a cast of mostly likable characters. The changes in perspective are seamless and easy to follow. The suspense builds to a fever pitch as the chapters alternate between what is occurring in the present and what happened during the previous thirteen days. With several shocking twists and jaw-dropping turns, Heidi Perks brings this incredible novel to a thrilling conclusion. An outstanding mystery that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend to fans of the genre.
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  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
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What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend's child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. It all started at the school fair... Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet's daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame. Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface--and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter.... This breathless and fast-paced debut--perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door--takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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