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‘Her Greatest Mistake’ by Sarah Simpson
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Desperate to escape the seat belt, slicing through my neck. Vulnerability restrains me, despite my being choked by muderous primevil thoughts. Shuddering with each acceleration, gripping tighter with each perilous twist. An outlook flaunting only shades of black, unrelenting rain, mercilessly pummelling its prey.

CHAPTER ONE – One Week After My Story

I open an eye at a time, my head being heavy, stuffed with cotton wool. Bleached, dense fluff smothers any intelligence, any rationale and all of my problem-solving capabilities. I’ve been here before, so many times, this feeling of being unique but not in a good way. These special feelings, mingling with my past confining me to loneliness. We’ve needed to become friends, get used to each other, a sad but expedient relationship. Maybe we can never be separated; our way of being is all too entwined. Even so, an extra convincing tiredness joins us today and I can’t be bothered to fight it. I’m bone-weary from all the belligerence, game-playing and secrecy. Dog-tired of being isolated by the never-ending lies and imprudent perceptions. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.


Cover Image Of The Book 'Her Greatest Mistake' By Sarah SimpsonDo we ever know what goes on behind closed doors?

Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage… which has become the perfect lie.

Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg – instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family.

And that one day, when she’s least expecting it, he will find them…

What was Eve’s greatest mistake?

Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive…?


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    • The only thing worse than living with someone who inflicts the kind of mental cruelty which doesn’t leave obvious wounds or injuries, is the kind of vindictive abuser who then won’t let you walk away either.

      If I was Eve, it would probably only be the fact that I had a young child to protect and keep safe, that would stop me from finishing Gregg off altogether, especially if the authorities and social services couldn’t keep us out of harm’s way and allow us to start our lives over.

      This storyline is sounding better and better, the more I discuss and think about it.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate reading your thoughts about a book I am sharing 🙂

    • Tense, emotional and unfortunately, all too common a story these days.

      Although I’m not sure that every woman ends up wondering like Eve does, whether she did the right thing in leaving Gregg alive!

      Thanks for stopping by this week and Happy Reading 🙂

  • I believe I’m drawn more to the opening lines of the prologue than from chapter one, though knowing the premise, I would want to read more based on either.

    I hope you enjoy this one, Yvonne!

    • I must admit to being a little confused when Chapter One had the timeline ‘One Week After My Story’. I don’t mind if a good story jumps back and forth through the timeline, but it would be good to get some of the ground facts established first.

      Still, I can honestly say that I didn’t read on past those first few lines of either the prologue or chapter one, so maybe I shouldn’t cast judgment until then.

      Either way, this sounds like the story of someone emotionally drained and tired of life and I am already gunning for Gregg in my own mind!

      Have a good weekend and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Definitely a real page-turner, although whilst I will be reading a fictional story, I shall be only too aware of the many women up and down every country in the world, who face living this kind of existence on a daily basis, for real … not all of whom are able to escape!

      Thanks for visiting this week and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne,

    Hope you’re having a great weekend. Getting lots of reading in?

    I do love stories like this. That almost sounds wrong, like I’m some sort of evil witch, but they do make for a good story. Plus it’s good to highlight issues which do happen behind closed doors – people need to be aware things like this go on. They may even help some readers spot the signs of an abusive relationship.

    Here’s my Friday post. x

    • I totally agree with your sentiments about the storyline maybe being good therapy for some sufferers of abuse and helping to spot the signs for other readers.

      Whilst it may make for an intense and emotional story, no matter from which perspective you are reading, unfortunately the issues highlighted are so prevalent in today’s society, that they really should be given air time, so long as they are tackled sympathetically and with consideration.

      Sometimes it can initially be easier to cope with issues at a fictional level, rather than in the cold hard light of day in a reference or counselling text book.

      Been working today and was absolutely rushed off my feet, so an early night is probably my best option, as we have an early start tomorrow, as we have some distance to travel in our weekend guise as ‘Treasure Trailers’ for the Wessex region …


      Have a good weekend yourself and thanks for taking the time to post such a lovely comment 🙂

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