The Mistake I Made – Paula Daly

Publication date 27th August 2015 by Random House UK, Transworld Publishers



We all think we know who we are.

What we’re capable of.

Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate.

Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away.

But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.

Roz has a choice to make.

My thoughts

Paula Daly has a gem of a book in ‘The Mistake I Made’. It has realism, wonderful comic timing and humour, plus a story that is incredibly plausible.

Roz is a single parent, living with her son in the Lake District. She works as a Physiotherapist. Roz’s life goes down hill rather quickly, with her son in trouble at school and her finances out of control. She is over-whelmed by debt, about to lose everything. She is offered a chance to get some money quickly, by Scott Elias. Elias’s sexual proposition leads to Roz’s life being turned up side down even further.

This is an outstanding read and it deserves to be hugely popular. Roz is so easy to relate to and understand. She is a working mother, flawed but with a good heart.Daly describes Roz’s poverty so accurately and with compassion. The realism of bailiffs and just struggling to survive is all there. And the lovely moral dilemma of ‘would you sleep with someone for money’ runs through it. It reminded me of the 1990s, when ‘Indecent Proposition’ came out at the cinema and everybody had an opinion. I think anyone who is in Roz’s position would just go for it!

And I have never laughed so much in my life, reading a psychological thriller. Paula Daly has such perfect comic timing and had me in stitches. Roz’s predicament just got so funny, as one thing after another blew up in her face. And this was followed by a serious scene, to make the reader feel even more for Roz. Pure genius!

Brilliant, full of humour and pathos, with a situation that we could all find ourselves in. Highly recommended.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy.


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4 Responses to The Mistake I Made – Paula Daly

  1. Sarah Hardy says:

    ive got this from netgalley also, after reading your review i really cant wait to start it 🙂

  2. Kay says:

    I recently listened to another Paula Daly book, Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? Loved it. So twisty-turny. Am excited about this one and intrigued by your mentioning the humor. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. crimeworm says:

    The main character had a great personality; I marked a lot of parts. She was v scathing (like when her ex said he was travelling overseas, and she knew it would be him!) I’ll probably ruminate and review it tomorrow, or this evening. I NEED to read Just What Kind Of Mother…etc but you know my rule about two books by the same author in a row! Definitely soon though. I’m not going to the Lake District btw, judging from Paula’s books there’s a lot of psychopaths/sociopaths. My sister said it was lovely, too….

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