[636]: The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly


The Mistake I Made

by Paula Daly

Remember that time when you fantasized about being in Julia Roberts’ shoes in Pretty Woman? How about Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal? Now imagine yourself in that scenario then wake up to realize that Richard Gere or Robert Redford is actually Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Fun, huh? That’s exactly the situation Roz found herself in.

Roz was a struggling single parent swimming in debt left behind by her ex-husband. She was desperate for money. So when Scott made a “business arrangement” that would alleviate some of her problems, she agreed with just a tiny bit of hesitation. Little did she know that Scott was not the detached, bored millionaire he’d make himself out to be. She figured she’d only have to sleep with him once and then she’ll manage. But complications arose when one of her co-workers found out about the arrangement. Soon she’s not only dealing with the guilt of sleeping with the man whose brother-in-law was someone she could potentially have a relationship with, she’s also had to deal with a blackmailing colleague who’s not in it for the money.

Then he disappeared. Feared dead by the police. Roz’ bid to solve her financial woes instantly became a nightmare of epic proportions.

my thoughts

Full disclosure, this is a re-read. It took me this long to write a review because I didn’t quite know how to write one on my first go – not that I have a better sense of how-to this time around. I think I was just inspired last weekend.

The Mistake I Made is a suspense of the mildest kind – which makes it even more enjoyable because you don’t have to contend with sweaty palms and racing heartbeats whilst reading. Sometimes, I like my mysteries that way. Though, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t vested in the story. I love that the antagonist was very calm – which, I suppose is a true mark of a sociopath. But every single thing that he did was calculated. Even right up to the point when he destroyed his own family.

Roz was a woman who was doing what she can to give her son a good life. Even with the financial difficulties that her ex-husband left on her hands, she did her best for him. It was easy to sympathize with her and understand that you would probably have done the same thing if you were in her shoes. But at the same time, sleeping with Scott and getting paid for it was taking the easy way out. So when it comes to handing out guilt, she’s definitely not home-free.

This is a great introduction to Ms. Daly’s work . I do believe this is only her third book, and I would most likely read more of hers in the future. Strong characterizations, solid plot points. It would have you thinking about the moral dilemma of Roz’s situation. All in all, I’m glad I decided to give this another go. It gave me another chance to examine what drove Roz to the decisions she made throughout the book.

  • Good to see that the re-read opened your eyes up to the details that happened in the book, and you enjoyed it better the second time around.

  • Thought*

  • I would be a mess worrying about her was what I though while reading the beginning and then your review says it is only mild suspense. But you have me curious. Interesting review!

  • I read your review through my email when you posted this (a few days ago? I’ve been on vacation) and was really intrigued. Roz’s life sounds like a mess of epic proportions! I cringe hearing all that she’s tangled up in. I hope it all turned out alright for her and she didn’t mess up her chances at romance in the end. I’m very curious, Joy. Wonderful review!

  • Oh this sounds great, Joy! I can just see myself getting lost in the scandal and the mystery. I hadn’t heard of this before, but adding it to my TBR! Thanks for the rec, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • * rubs hands together * damnn this sounds all the way scandalous, and you know I love a good scandal girl!

  • Jazmen

    I never heard of this one but it sounds interesting. I’m not sure if it’s interesting enough for me to pick up or not. I’m really unsure.. Nice review though, Joy. You were good for re-reading this one. I hate re-reading.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I guess it’s good to hear you re-read the book – it meant it was good enough for that even if it did help you write a review!! This sounds quite intriguing. I think I’d like this one too. I like the thoughts it provides on morals, “what would you do”, etc.


  • Sounds rather intriguing, Joy! I find myself delving more and more into mystery-type fiction these days, will keep the author in mind!

  • Jasprit

    Oh wow this is another book I’ve not heard of before, but your review makes me feel like it could be my sort of book. I would definitely be lured in by all the mystery and blackmailing going on! Thanks for putting this on my radar Joy, I’m going to try and get a copy asap!

  • Oh wow! This sounds quite interesting. I’m glad you liked the book enough to read it twice over. I’ll have to put this on my TBR!

  • This one sounds like a woman who was desperate for money finds a way out… but that just spirals downwards. At first I thought it would be a NA kind of thing with her sleeping with the billionaire but it was quite a twist when it turned into a murder mystery! It sounds pretty actually :3

  • It’s always great to hear when you enjoy a re-read! The mystery here definitely sounds really enjoyable, especially with the antagonist’s demeanour as well. Great review Joy!

  • That first paragraph made me chuckle πŸ˜› it certainly sounds like an interesting read, I might have to check out Daly’s work. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  • hahaha this looks fun πŸ˜‰ Thanks for introducing me to this author! I’ll try to try something by her .. great review, Joy dear!

  • Lovely review sweetie πŸ™‚ So glad you liked this book a lot. <3 And ohh, that cover is pretty πŸ˜€ I like it. YAY for reading this book twice before writing your review, lol πŸ™‚ You are awesome. Thank you for sharing about it. <3

  • I have to admit that the blurb didn’t make me want to read it, but your review did. πŸ™‚ I usually do like the harder hitting suspense but sometimes a more mild approach is good. Brilly review.

  • Ooh seems really good! The description alone gave me chills. So glad you enjoyed it. I’m now seriously curious. Thanks for your honest review.

  • kindlemom1

    Oh my gosh that description you gave, totally makes me want to pick it up. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  • Interesting. I never read 50 Shades of Grey but I like the idea of the attractive millionaire being a complete psycho — much better than him being some rich freaky controlling guy….

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Ooh, I really enjoy a good thriller, especially when I’m not losing sleep over it because it’s just a light one, so I definitely think I’ll be checking this one out. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Joy, and wonderful review!

  • I have this one, but wasn’t really sure about it. Great review – I’m glad to know you enjoyed it. Enough to read it twice, too!

  • Melliane

    It’s great that you found an author like that! I’m curious about her novels too now

  • What a mess she made…interesting