Book Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks


Title: Her One Mistake
Author: Heidi Perks
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: January 8, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.98


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 “seriously page-turning” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author), suspenseful, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. But while her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing—and admit that she’s solely to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this 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 trusting Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter…

This breathless and fast-paced novel—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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Harriet leaves her 4-year-old daughter Alice in the care of Charlotte, another mom and friend of Harriet. While at the school fair, Charlotte loses sight of Alice. When Harriet returns home, she discovers her daughter is missing.

Told with alternating points of view (Harriet and Charlotte) and alternating timelines (before and after). Harriet is reserved, anxious, and a bit overprotective. She has never left her daughter in anyone else’s care, and the first time she does, her daughter goes missing. This is a gut-wrenching experience for all involved. Charlotte is social, friendly, and generally well-liked. When Alice disappears under her watch, she becomes the target of everyone’s outrage.

A gripping suspense that deals with motherhood, friendship, and family. This novel combines domestic suspense with a bit of police procedural. While the police points of view aren’t told, much of the story deals with the investigation into Alice’s disappearance.

Fantastic psychological thriller. Recommended to fans of domestic suspense that focus on motherhood. Absorbing, twisty, and thought-provoking.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

  1. Losing your child is heartbreaking, losing someone else’s child is beyond belief. I have seen this book around and thought it sounded good, so after reading your review, I need to check it out. Nice review Darinda.

  2. I found this book at Goodwill for $2 a couple months ago, now I need to move it up my list to read!!

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