Title: The Mistaken
Series: The Mistaken, #1
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Date published: December 9, 2013
Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco's Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick's freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick's new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife, pregnant with their first child, is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.
Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn't know her, but he'll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick's Russian associates, Nick's freedom for hers, enslaving her into a life of sexual bondage. But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim, and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.
With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed. He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russian's hands, but they're holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl. Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy. But Ty can't do it all, save the girl, his brother, and his own soul. One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson has good intentions going in. I started reading it, feeling that it was climbing its way to a great climax in plot twist. I've read books enthusiastically and when I find a great book, I devour it. No such thing as wasting time if I spend 10 hours straight reading a book, simply because I'm experiencing that world and I don't hold back. Unfortunately, three hours in, the story feels like it has yet to hook me, but I'm stubborn so I keep going. As soon as it comes to the point where Hannah looks eerily similar to the woman Ty wants to kidnap (no, it's not spoilers, it's in the description), I see exactly where the entire book is going. And, of course, Hannah suffers a big ole case of Stockholm Syndrome that dances on the lines of worship. Ty is no better towards Hannah and they fall into a desperate love (read: obsession) with each other. The biggest twist is at the end and I'm finally surprised, but only because there had been nearly no indication it was possible to begin with. After reading everything, I was okay with that twist though it changed nothing on the happily ever after ending. Perhaps the best part was when Ty showed some character development and killed. The story didn't feel real. The Russian Mafia didn't feel wholly present except as a plot tool.
As for the writing itself, the story was mechanical. A cookie cutter plot with nearly no emotional investment despite the tragedies that were written. The story tends to wander in setting up the background of the characters without giving a feel for who everyone else. The story was a long shot from poetry but it did get the point across, however falteringly.