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.