Monday, May 3, 2021

Review: Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin

Her First Mistake
by Carey Baldwin

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Mia covered her mouth to keep from crying out. She hated the dark, but her mother had made her promise. But what was the point of being a good little girl if she couldn’t help her mother? She’d promised her mother not to scream, but she hadn’t promised not to escape…

To the world, Mia Thornton is invisible—a quiet, timid preschool teacher. People would never guess that she found the will to dig her way out of a locked shed when she was just six years old. That she never saw her mother again.

Now, all Mia longs for is a normal life and friends to call her own. But when she runs into a group of colleagues one evening, she discovers that, once again, she’s been excluded. Stung at the rejection, she pockets the keys of one of the women in a petty act of revenge. Celeste Cooper is fearless, pretty, popular—everything Mia wishes she could be.

The next day, Celeste is reported missing. And Mia realizes that it might have been her fault. Wracked with guilt, she joins the search, determined to make up for her mistake. But as she grows closer to Celeste’s family, Mia can’t help but feel she’s being watched…

What if Celeste’s disappearance has more to do with Mia than she realizes? And if she keeps digging, does she risk being dragged back into the dark forever?

Kritters Thoughts:  Mia Thornton had a very hard childhood and barely made it out of it alive to eventually live with her aunt where things were a little more normal.  Although Mia never really fit in with her co workers, she ended up out one night when one goes missing and it send this story into a tail spin as she must investigate where this co worker went and if she holds any of the blame.  

I typically enjoy a book where the investigation is led by an amateur, it is fun to watch them learn to investigate in the middle of it all.  I loved how Mia was weaving in and out of the way of the detectives and she kept getting caught up in their investigations - it was so entertaining!

For me I judge mystery/thrillers based on the outcome of the book and while this one came together well, I am not sure I am satisfied with who it ended up being in the end.  For me, it felt out of left field and I wasn't sure that the clues pointed to them were all there, but I did enjoy the story/plot and how the author put it all together.  

I was excited to find out after finishing the book that this author has a series or more in her backlist and I hope to dive in and try them soon.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 49 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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