Solid 4 out of 5
The Mistaken was sent to us by the author after we expressed an interest in her book on Facebook. The synopsis had me all kinds of intrigued and I have been in the mood for a good thriller after coming down from Aleatha Romig’s Convicted. And the Mistaken was exactly what I was looking for.
This book leans more toward the suspense thriller genre than the romance genre, but nonetheless, the story is superb! This book put me through the emotional wringer. Tyler’s grief over what happens to his wife is depicted so well that you can feel the heartache and grief leaking out of your e-reader. His wife was not a character that I felt very connected to and I think that the parts from her point of view could be removed and the book would still be great! Honestly, I didn’t like her character at all and I put the book down for a day or so and complained to Danielle about her- just to pick the book back up and watch Jill die 3 pages later. The irony.
I didn’t want to like Nick very much based on his behavior and actions in the beginning, but his actions towards the end had me choked up and sad. Big brother, Tyler, experiences so much and he is written so clearly. His emotions and his actions throughout the book keep you bouncing between being angry with him, being angry at him, and feeling the weight of all that he is struggling with- grief, shame, anger, reluctance, love.
The Mistaken is action packed. The storyline is believable and will suck you in. It was nice to read a book with characters that are mature adults and not simpering idiots making constant mistakes. The ending wasn’t rushed and all questions were answered. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I look forward to more from Nancy S. Thompson in the future.
All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.
His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to Nick’s associates—sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let Nick leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.
There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman. Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he’s unleashed.
While on the run, Ty and Hannah share their life stories and begin to bond—Hannah out of compassion for Tyler’s crushing loss, and Ty in his overwhelming need for atonement for having derailed Hannah’s life. Alone and desperate, they cling to each other in an intimate moment of human need, but their new bond puts Hannah at even greater risk, for the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and hand over the girl.
Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and Hannah, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.