Wendy James has written a powerful novel examining the way that the media circus can become a maelstrom, and by putting a mother at the centre of the story, a story that has echoes of Lindy Chamberlain and Kate McCann, she plays a gripping psychological game. You are never certain if you should be supportive of Jodie, or not – after all, what if it was you in her place?
We all have secrets . . .
Jodie Garrow is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks when she falls pregnant. Scared, alone and desperate to make something of her life, she adopts out the baby illegally – and tells nobody.
Twenty-five years on, Jodie has built a new life and a new family. But when a chance meeting brings the adoption to the notice of the authorities, Jodie becomes caught in a nationwide police investigation, and the centre of a media witch hunt.
What happened to Jodie’s baby? And where is she now? The fallout from Jodie’s past puts her whole family under the microsope, and her husband and daughter are forced to re-examine everything they believed to be true.
Potent, provocative and compulsively readable, The Mistake is the story of a mother and the media’s powerful role in shaping our opinions. With astonishing insight, it cuts to the heart of what makes a family, and asks us whether we can ever truly know another person.