Wednesday, February 4, 2015

One Step Too Far: A Novel by Tina Seskis

(Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

The #1 international bestseller reminiscent of After I’m Gone, Sister, Before I Go to Sleep, and The Silent Wife—an intricately plotted, thoroughly addictive thriller that introduces a major new voice in suspense fiction—a mesmerizing and powerful novel that will keep you guessing to the very end.

No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret.

Will you?

A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to start again as someone new?

Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can’t bury the past—or her own memories.

And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she’s done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far.

my thoughts:

Predictable story that left me underwhelmed.   

One Step Too Far starts out with a woman named Emily leaving her family.  Something has happened to damage her and she decides that getting away is the answer.  She needs to start over as someone new in order to help her forget her past.  As Emily becomes Cat and moves into a dodgy flat, she begins to make friends, go out, and experiment with drugs.  Her family is left wondering what happened to her and where she went.  Told from different POVs we get to learn about Emily, her husband Ben, and her twin sister Caroline.  We learn about the dysfunctional relationship the two sisters have - Caroline is a mess who seems bent on making Emily's life hell.  As for Ben, he's left feeling confused, angry, and sad over his wife's sudden departure.  The event that damaged Emily is horrible, but predictable.  And that was the problem with the story.  Once you learn Emily's secret (which you will guess early on), you are left feeling rather deflated.  The story loses its mystery and thereby loses its footing. I had such high hopes for this story, but it just didn't work out for me.  One Step Too Far turned out to be a miss for me. 

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Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!


Blogger10 said...

Ah, I just finished this book last night, and I did not see that ending coming at all!!! Completely threw me, and made the novel great for me as a result. However, I'm still trying to decide if I like the type of deception the author used to make the twist happen. It was very deliberate.

Nadia said...

Kelly, it was totally deliberate which would have been fine with me if it hadn't been so predictable. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much ;)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

Elizabeth said...

I wasn't impressed with this book.

I actually didn't guess her secret unless I was guessing incorrectly. :)

It was a surprise for me if I am guessing the right secret. :)

Thanks for your thoughts and post.

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Laurie C said...

I didn't guess the secret, but was also was kind of annoyed by this book. I was annoyed in the same way when I read We Need to Talk About Kevin ages ago, which was much better, but still my least favorite of Lionel Shriver's novels.

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