REVIEW: Mistaken by J.A. Howell

Ready for a contemporary thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns? “Mistaken” offers all that and more.

There’s a lot going on in this story about murder, grief and redemption. The dynamic between the characters is well thought out, and the back story is layered in which adds to the suspense. The plot unfolds in such a way that the reader is kept guessing, never quite sure who the real villain is or why the murder was committed.

The story starts out with Dillan and Jamie, two lovers on the brink of commitment. Jamie is shot by an unknown assailant, leaving questions about the motivation of the senseless killing and Dillan struggling to recover from an emotional breakdown.

Fast forward to one year later. Dillan is surprised by the arrival of Jamie’s brother, Trey, a twin she had no idea existed. Still fragile from the loss of her loved one, she finds herself torn between suspicion – wondering what else he might have lied about – and attraction to a man who is the mirror image of Jamie.

Trey explains that he and his brother had a falling out after their mother died. His visit was an effort to mend the relationship. He’s devastated when he learns of Jamie’s murder.

Dillan realizes Trey is now alone in the world. She offers him a place to stay but his strange behavior and a series of even stranger phone calls has her second guessing the invitation. Convinced Trey knows more about Jamie’s death than he’s telling, Dillan sets out to learn the truth.

Ms. Howell takes us down a few rabbit holes on the way to resolution, doing an admirable job of keeping the reader guessing. The end is not sappy sweet as is often the case with romantic suspense. In fact, I’d label this as a thriller with romantic elements but those readers who insist on an HEA will still find the conclusion satisfying.

On the  downside, the book could have used a bit more editing to clean up some minor errors and tighten the plot. I’m not off put by a few mistakes if the story holds my interest, and “Mistaken” definitely did that.

This is an interesting tale with full bodied characters that will keep you turning pages.


J.A. Howell

Genre: General/Mainstream Fiction/Suspense
ISBN: 1477456368 
Number of pages:198
Word Count: 61,448
Cover Artist: J.A. Howell
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Book Description:

One year ago, two bullets from a .45 caliber pistol ripped away any hopes Dillan had of a future with her fiancé, Jamie. On the anniversary of Jamie’s death, the appearance of his estranged twin brother, Trey, leaves Dillan wondering what other secrets her prefect fiancé was hiding. When Trey learns of his brother’s death, Dillan takes pity on him and gives him a place to stay.
Trey’s erratic behavior and a series of suspicious phone calls lead Dillan to believe that Trey knows more about the circumstances surrounding Jamie’s death than he’s letting on. With all leads exhausted and Jamie’s murderer still on the loose, Trey is Dillan’s last hope for finding the truth.
Sometimes the truth hurts… but in Dillan’s case it could kill her.


Author Bio:
J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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