We pick up One Little Mistake by Lucinda Berry with Alexis in jail, but we don’t know why. Slowly everything unravels in this gripping novella.
For those who don’t have a lot of time to read, novellas are the way to go. Think of them like a movie instead of an eight to 10 episode series. One Little Mistake by Lucinda Berry is certainly one of those stories for people who enjoy unraveling a mystery with the lead protagonist.
There are a few twists along the way, but I’ll admit that most of them are easy to figure out. The ones that involve the husband do tend to be overused. It’s the big twist at the end that got to me. I didn’t see that one coming.
What is One Little Mistake by Lucinda Berry about?
The novel picks up with stay-at-home-mom Alexis in jail. She doesn’t really know what happened the day she was pulled over, and it’s only as the story picks up that we learn she hasn’t just ended up with a DUI. She had her children in the car.
That one mistake leads to her whole life turning upside down. Of course, Child Protective Services is on her case, but there are bigger problems. She has to attend AA meetings, even though she doesn’t have a history of drinking problems. In fact, something else may have been going on that day.
The novella seems to be focused on Alexis figuring out what’s going on with her husband. However, there is someone else to focus on in the story.
One Little Mistake book review
I’ll admit that everything with the husband was easy to guess. We get a lot of these storylines where the wives are gaslit into thinking they’re the problem when there is something else happening. This husband goes a step further into making it look like to others that there is a problem and having someone else help with that, but the storyline is pretty standard.
It’s the twist that throws me. We’re so focused on Alexis solving the mystery involving her, that she doesn’t even look at something else that’s going on in her life. Not everyone she knows can be trusted, and they aren’t all linked to her husband.
This was a twist I appreciated, but I would have preferred more time on it. I think that was the problem with One Little Mistake by Lucinda Berry. It wasn’t long enough at the end once the twist was revealed.
Stars: 3 out of 5
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