Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One Step Too Far

Tina Seskis' novel One Step Too Far was published in 2013, but until it appeared on Amazon Vine, I had never heard of it.

One Step Too Far reminds me a bit of Before I Go To Sleep, a rather quiet thriller based mostly on events in someone's own mind.

As the novel begins Emily Coleman awakes one morning, take a few of her things, and leaves her family behind, starting a new life for herself.

Through flashbacks and the viewpoint of various people in Emily's life bits and pieces are revealed about Emily's past: her childhood, courtship with her husband Ben, tense relationship with her troubled identical twin sister, all giving a greater view of Emily. Yet, there is still something that isn't revealed until nearer the end.

Meanwhile, Emily's new life involves renting a bedroom in a house, getting a job as a receptionist and beginning to use drugs - a far cry from the beautiful life she left.

The big question, what happened that caused Emily to leave?  

I can't say I was surprised by the novel's outcome, but I was totally sucked in to the story and wanted to know more about Emily and how her mind worked.  At the novel's beginning I had to have some uninterrupted reading time so I could really get into the story especially as the narrator changed and I was just figuring out who everyone was. However, I spent my afternoon curled up with this book, unable to put it down.

I can't wait to hear more from Seskis.  One Step Too Far is a winner.

1 comment:

Ti said...

Sometimes a predictible outcome is okay if the ride to get there is a oretty good one. Sounds like this one was.

I haven't been reading at all. Well, little snippets here and there. I want to finish The Rosie Effect this week and then end with The Strange Library and just take the rest of the year easy. Normally reading is a part of my vacation but my eyes again. They start off okay but after all that time on the computer the last thing I want to do is use them to read. I really need to get my butt to the eye doctor but I am waiting for January. Just too much to deal with with Dec.