Most novels include a difficult choice the protagonist has to make. That’s what keeps the reader reading, to find out how he makes that choice, what happens when he does, and how he lives with the consequences. My novel, The Mistaken, is no different. In fact, the entire story is driven by poor choices and the ensuing search for redemption.
Choice #1: In the beginning, the protagonist, Tyler Karras, insists his brother, Nick, live up to his promises and pick their visiting parents and younger sister up at the airport, even though Nick complains he’s too tired and hungover. The result: his parents and sister are killed in a car accident, and Nick is badly injured. This injury leads to drug dependency, a robbery to support his addiction, and Nick’s coerced affiliation with the Russian Mafia.
Choice #2: When Tyler’s pregnant wife, Jillian, becomes mired in a criminal case of identity theft, Tyler—always a stickler for the rules—insists they wait for the police to conclude their investigation. When nothing comes of it, Jill seeks help from Nick and his Russian associates in forcing the woman responsible to turn herself in. But when Tyler finds out, he warns Nick off. The result: Jillian takes matters into her own ill-prepared hands and dies.
Choice #3: Unable to live with the fact that his actions have led to such devastating results, Tyler plunges into alcoholism. During a bender, Tyler, under advice from Nick, decides to avenge his wife and unborn child. He makes a deal with Nick’s Russian boss, ringleader of a group of sex-traffickers. In exchange for the woman who killed his wife, they’ll let Nick leave the business for good, with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating. But in a drunken haze, Tyler mistakenly targets the wrong woman. The result: he’s bound by an agreement he can no longer abide.
The Ultimate Choice: With the Russians holding Nick as leverage to force Tyler to complete to their deal, he must decide whether to turn over the wrong woman and free his brother, or protect his innocent victim and risk losing Nick, and perhaps all their lives, to the very enemy he’s unleashed.
Nancy Thompson makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken. She is an interior designer and
California transplant, currently living with her husband
near . Seattle, WA
Book Page- www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/themistaken