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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kirk Parolles; 1 edition (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957544324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957544321
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, and after graduating from the University of Bath spent over 20 years working in marketing and advertising. She is the author of two novels, One Step Too Far and A Serpentine Affair. Tina lives in North London with her husband and son.

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One Step Too Far is a genius tale with a twist. (Stylist)

A gripping thriller that will delight fans of the unexpected twist ending. (Grazia)

A whip-smart thriller that keeps you guessing right up until the final shocking twist (Mirror)

On occasion, haven't we all wanted to ditch our responsibilities, change our name and run off into a new life? Emily (or is it Catherine?) takes the plunge in this smartly written thriller. (Time Out)

Taut, compelling... a storming read (The Bookseller Books of the Year 2013)

One sitting, much tea and several hours later I was still totally drawn in by the high-octane drama . . . I devoured it (Stylist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, the daughter of an airline engineer and a sales rep. Her parents bestowed upon Tina a certain degree of eccentricity: her dad amongst other things built a boat in the front garden on their commuter belt housing estate, moved them into a touring caravan when their new house wasn't built, and took them all over the world with his free air travel and limited budget. Tina studied business at the University of Bath and then worked for over 20 years in marketing, advertising and online, with varying degrees of success. Before that she did a variety of other jobs including door to door encylopedia selling in the US, industrial relations for Ford in Halewood, Liverpool, and selling bacon butties with her granny in the Halfway Hut at Wentworth Golf Club. Tina never intended writing a novel. She wrote One Step Too Far over a two month period in summer 2010 and then gave up writing entirely for well over a year, before writing her second novel A Serpentine Affair in autumn 2011. Her third book (working title Collision) is due for completion in 2013, and is the coming together of a key character from each of the first two novels, if Tina can one day resolve how to make the plot work. Tina lives in North London with her husband and son.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nikki VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed reading this book, I was drawn into the story from the very first page which is such a refreshing change. I don't always like starting new books as it often takes me a while to get into the story and some books take such a long time to get going. I would describe One Step Too Far as a slow burner for the first half of the book, it does grip you from the start though, is very easy to read and written in an interesting and engaging way, moving backwards and forwards in time.

The story starts with the main character Emily leaving her husband, son and home behind in Manchester, to start a new life in London under a different name. We are not told the reason for Emily leaving so what would make a wife and mother want to walk out of her life and and become untraceable? The story slowly builds and takes you on a journey of Emily's old and new life and also back to her childhood with her parents and twin sister Caroline, all told from varying viewpoints. We also hear Angel's story, Emily/Cat's new friend in London who has her own reasons behind living the life she has chosen.

It is hard to work out where the book is going, the author rather cleverly and tantalisingly leaves you in the dark with the restrained and addictive plot. You get an uneasy, sinister feeling that something is very wrong but you are not sure why or what it could be. Certainly, nothing is as it seems and when all is finally revealed, it is totally jaw-dropping and unexpected.

One Step Too Far is a fastatic read, totally intriguing and very addictive - highly recommended. I very much look forward to reading Tina Seskis' second novel, A Serpentine Affair.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Michael Joseph at Penguin Books for the digital copy of this book in return for my fair and honest review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrsredwhite214 on 16 April 2014
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One Step Too Far was a gripping read right through to the end. I wasn't too keen on the main character, Emily, to begin with, but I was intrigued about her history. As I read on I began to identify with her and think about what I might do if I needed to reinvent myself. The outline of the book gave me the impression that it would be a very sad, and perhaps hard to deal with, story. I actually found myself willing Emily on, hoping she could do well for herself and get over her tragedy. The twist was completely unexpected, and heartbreaking, but it made me identify more with the characters than I was first expecting. Some sensitive topics, but they were approached with respect and care. I look forward to her next book!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on 3 Nov. 2013
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I was reluctant to read this as I'd read a couple of the reviews which said that they had no idea of the twist...I pride myself on knowing outcomes way before they happen. So I thought I'd give it a chance...and I was gripped from the beginning. I'm supposed to be moving house this weekend but I still have tonnes of packing to do and I blame this book! And...I can confirm that the other reviewers were right about the twist...the author is very clever to conceal this right to the end. Brilliant read, fully recommend...you won't be sorry!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MRS L K JOHNSTON on 30 Aug. 2013
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I don't normally read this kind of book and have never written a review but felt I had to. This book had me on the edge of my seat .You know that something had happened in Emily's life to make her run but the clever way with little clues keep you guessing all the way through. When the reason for her leaving was revealed I was stunned. Everything went silent around me and my heart started pounding .Brilliant best book I have read in ages !!!!
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Sheli on 13 April 2013
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This story is a real keep you on the edge of your seat thriller that is that clever you aren't really sure why you are on the edge of your chair, but just know that something isn't right! It is fast paced, exciting and actually, for most of the story, is the picture of normality, with just a sense of what is to come.

Emily Coleman runs away to London. We don't know why, we just know she does and that she is leaving her family behind. When she gets there, she builds a new life for herself and makes new friends. The main story is intertwined with a number of stories explaining how we got to today, with one large piece missing until the last part of the book.

The book is separated into three parts with short chapters within each part. From about half way through the second part I was frantically trying to stay awake to keep reading because the twists just kept coming.

There is no way that you can guess how it ends. Or for that matter how it begins!

Comparable with S. J. Watson's excellent Before I Go To Sleep.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Claire Edwards on 29 Aug. 2013
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A fantastic read, felt a bit drawn out at times hence the 4/5.
Despite this I couldn't put it down, desperate to know what Emily was running away from.
The answer came is a twist that took my breath away and suddenly it all fell into place.
Read this!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Owston on 17 Jan. 2014
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This is a good read. However, I wouldn't say that I "enjoyed" reading it because from quite early on you know there is a terrible reason why the main character leaves home but you don't find out what it is until near to the end. Therefore the sense of foreboding is an enduring undercurrent of the book, even in the character's new life.
This is obviously a personal point of view, but I prefer books where someone is trying to detect a crime/secret rather than someone is living with the secret. That way I have someone to root for.
Although I have to say that the ending is very satisfactory.
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