Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Happy US Book Birthday to Tina Seskis today!

Guys, this is one of the books I've been most looking forward to sharing with you and now that it's finally out on shelves, I can!

Emily has left her family. She's starting over - a new place, a new job, and even a new name. But just what would cause a happily married woman to abandon everything she's ever known? As the anniversary of the event that started it all grows closer, it becomes harder and harder for Emily to ignore the life she left behind. And just when she thinks she's made it, new life starts to crumble. 

It's true that in reading One Step Too Far a lot of energy is spent trying to figure out the puzzle behind Emily's choice. Seskis deftly weaves together past and present story lines until the two finally catch up and collide, revealing the horrible event that Emily has been hiding. I did have my suspicions, readers, but while I wasn't too far off the mark I definitely did not see it coming!

But the book is somewhat less about said event than you would think. Instead, the story is really about the various characters and how they deal with the various bad things they've each faced in their lives. Everyone from Emily and Ben to Caroline, the twins' parents, and Angel have things that they're trying to overcome. And each of them deals with it all in very different ways.

One Step Too Far has the definite pacing and tension of a thriller, but there's a human aspect to it that I'd typically ascribe to a heartfelt drama. It's a great mix, though, and an obvious testament to Seskis's talent as a storyteller.

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

Kay said...

I'm reading a little of mixed reviews on this one, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm intrigued and have put it on my list.