The First Mistake by Sandie Jones (review)

Geeking out a bit on this one…!

Huge The Other Woman fan here. My fave thriller last year and let me tell you the anxiety runs high once again in this one. In the best possible way!

The First Mistake was another really fun read for me particularly because I had the honor of being in a buddy read WITH the author herself – which was SUPER cool and so generous that Sandie Jones let us pick her brain and talk all about the book with her! We asked her why she wrote things as she did, if she could picture a sequel, and definitely dissected that ending!

AND… SUPER geeking out about my name being in the acknowledgements of the finished copy! (That’s me below – Kate Vocke! 😆) She thanks her early reviewers from The Other Woman which I read last year and as I said before … absolutely LOVED. Thanks Sandie!!

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OK… back to The First Mistake…

I know, I know… anxiety is NOT a good thing… but when I’m so immersed in a story that it alone gives me the feels like I need to pop a xanax or two…? The thriller. Has done. It’s job.

Sandie Jones has managed to bring on the nervous ticks, the deep breaths, and the high-alert paranoia once again! And in the BEST way!

Alice is on husband #2 and after losing her first beloved – she finally feels like she is ready to be fully happy again. Business is great. Kids are fantastic. Beautiful house and husband… and then she meets Beth. And, well, she seems like the bestest friend one could ever want to tell all her secrets and complaints to. Until things start getting weird.

And the more weird it got, the more confused I got. I had no idea what the heck was going on at one point and I was pointing fingers at every damn character in the book. And as the best thrillers go… I pointed wrong every single time.

I loved this one. I adore Sandie Jones and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

It’s available now!! You can get it here!


  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 11, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250192021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250192028

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About the book:

From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .

The first mistake could be her last.

Praise for The Other Woman:

“One of the most twisted and entertaining plots.”―Reese Witherspoon
“A perfect beach read.”―Kristin Hannah
“Whiplash-inducing.”―New York Times Book Review
“Such fun you’ll cheer [Emily’s] chutzpah.”―PEOPLE
“This thriller will hit close to home.”―Refinery29

About Sandie:

sandieSandie Jones has been a freelance journalist for over 20 years, interviewing celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Isla Fisher, Simon Cowell and Naomie Harris.

Her debut novel, The Other Woman, is a psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between a woman and her partner’s mother.

If Sandie wasn’t an author she’d be an interior designer as she has an unhealthy obsession with wallpaper and cushions!

She lives in London, England, with her husband and three children.


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6 thoughts on “The First Mistake by Sandie Jones (review)

  1. I LOVED this book. This was my first Sandie Jones experience, and she hit it out of the park. I loved that there were some twists and turns that seemed a bit obvious but then she blew you away with others. I was chomping at the bit by the end. That’s also so amazing that you’re acknowledged in the book!! Great review!

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