Review – One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

By | July 29, 2013

Like a number of other reviewers, I was drawn to this book by an email telling me it was “the book everyone’s going to be talking about”. That kind of pre-release publicity sometimes puts me off, but in this case it was absolutely right – this book was a fantastic read, full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

The book opens with Emily on a train, running away from her apparently perfect life with husband Ben and her small son. We hear about her twin, Caroline, a very different – and wholly dislikeable – character. Emily calls herself Cat, and moves into a squalid shared house, where she is befriended by Angel, who has her own complicated history.

This is such a cleverly constructed story that it’s quite impossible to put down. Very slowly, the reader finds out the reasons why Emily made the decision to disappear – the book loops backwards and forwards in time, introducing characters and their versions of events. When the climax comes, it really is truly shocking – and surprise twist continues to be piled on unexpected turn. The book is perfectly paced – I read it in one mesmerised sitting – and the writing is of the highest standard.

This is a book that needs to be experienced – if people aren’t talking about it, they really should be.  I’m particularly thrilled that I now have a copy of her second book, A Serpentine Affair (due for release 2nd August in the UK) to read and review, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.  

My thanks to netgalley and Kirk Parolles for e-copies of both books. One Step Too Far is available for Kindle at time of writing for just 99p.

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