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One Step Too Far Paperback – 24 Apr 2014
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Tina Seskis's stunning debut novel, One Step Too Far, is a gripping and haunting psychological thriller. An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? How will she survive? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past? No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you?
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I was looking for a thriller, with a twist, and I read many a thriller with twists... I love reading books, where I do not know what is coming next, turning or swiping the page with trepidation.
This book had that and more. Once I started, I found it difficult to put down.
Did I like Emily? not sure, did I like who she became in the story, no. I knew she had something to hide or at least run away from, but that was what kept me turning page after page. Just one more chapter.
It is a well written thriller, and I would have missed it completely if it wasn't for Joanne's recommendation. I loved the twists and where it lead to. I did find the ending slightly too much of a cliché and maybe it should have been left at a chapter or two previous. However this did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.
No, I didn't guess the secret... and I did look.
A really good book, recommended
What can I say, I loved One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis! It's a great book and I can see it easily being a best selling film too.
I found myself immediately drawn to the writing style and immersed in the different characters.
The book flips between the present day and the past and you know they will eventually converge revealing the full situation behind the dramatic life change taken by our lead character, Emily Coleman.
All of the roles in the story are well defined and I found that I had clear and distinct thoughts about each new person as they were introduced and their back story was drip fed.
Emily/Cat is likeable and so clearly hiding and healing from an 'event' which lead to her running away from everything and everyone. I find I usually guess the answers to things like this one very early on in books whereas with 'One Step Too Far' I had a few ideas floating around in the my head before the final answer was uncovered.
The tension and suspense really builds up as you read on and I think I read the last 50% of the book in one (heavily coffee fuelled) sitting as I simply had to know what happened next!
This is truly a really engaging book to lose yourself in and I hope you love it as much as I did.
Emily was born the sweetest half of a set of twins. Her sister Caroline felt bereft of her mother’s love and grew up very differently to Emily, who was the apple of her mother’s eye. As Caroline’s life goes downhill, Emily’s is perfection – the love, the marriage, the child – but something happens to bring all that to an end. Emily leaves to escape herself, she builds a new identity to replace the woman she hates so much and tries to forget whom she really is. Arriving in the big city she finds a house share, a new job and a new life and builds upon it as best she can but her twin and her former life are never far behind her and eventually she has to make a choice.
Caroline, Emily’s twin, is a tragic character and I felt so sorry for her. Until now, Emily has never understood her twin’s behaviour but faced with dire consequences of her own she begins to understand what Caroline has gone through and why she is how she is.
Well written, thought provoking and a very emotional read.
The theme is running away. What place a woman has to be in to leave everything behind, the desperation, the guilt, the expectations for a new life, the logistics of running. Emily runs, and runs one step too far. The reason for her running is dangled in front of the reader like a carrot, hints, deceptions, and this is why you keep reading. Is it something she did, or something done to her? Is it criminal or emotional? The story of Emily’s escape, and the story of the reason for her escape, are told in parallel. I had my suspicions about her reason, and I was almost right. Almost, but not quite.
One of the intriguing things in the narrative mix is that Emily is a twin, and the two twin sisters do not get on. This added welcome spice to the tale of Emily’s childhood in Manchester, and her reinvention in London. The twin thing enables some convenient misunderstandings, doppel-gangers and threat of discovery. It turns out that Emily Catherine, and her twin Caroline Rebecca, are more alike than they realize.
A great holiday read.
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