Book Review : One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

April 10, 2013 Book review 11

Book Title : One Step Too Far
Author : Tina Seskis
My Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

This book caught my attention as the blurb said “The book EVERYONE’S going to be talking about this summer”.  I was immediately cynical and thought that’s big talk for a little book, let me be the judge of that!

Emily gets up one morning leaves her seemingly happy marriage, an adorable son and gets on a train to start a new life with a new identity in London.  I was intrigued, I couldn’t read it quickly enough to find out why.  Why would anyone just walk away and leave family and friends worrying about you?  Why did she leave her son behind?  What was so bad in her past that she needed a new identity?

It’s a well written, well structured, captivating read.  Though flashbacks and multiple point of view perspectives, we get interesting and realistic character development.  I totally believed in what was happening especially as some dirtier, grittier aspects of life are thrown it but not for cheap shocks just as a natural development of this story.  One Step Too Far is a book, I speed read as I had to know all the what’s and why’s and I had to know them asap!  I had a few theories about what was happening but none of them were right  The author played me like I was the joker in deck of cards.

However, I do have a few negatives, about half way in, I was getting of tired of waiting for the reveal and the story lagged a little here.  Then there was a twist which was a bit too convenient as it moved the story into a direction that it needed to go.  But this only distracted me slightly from a very enjoyable read.

Don’t know if everyone is going to be talking about it but I will be recommending it to everyone.  Well deserving of 4 stars and to be honest the first half of the book and the end of the book are 5 star worthy for me.  Great work for a debut novel and I’m already enthusiastically anticipating future books from this author.


Thanks to NetGalley and Kirk Parrolles for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Bookish Chat : This is one we can’t do Bookish Chat on until you read it!  And I can’t talk about it until you do as I’ll spoil it.  Am dying to talk to someone about it so read it and come back to me to discuss!

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11 Responses to “Book Review : One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis”

  1. Lark

    It’s not depressing is it? I don’t mind sad books, but for me there’s a difference between good sad and hopeless sad. And I just don’t want to read something completely depressing right now. So, is it?

    • Trish Hannon

      Lark, It’s hard to say, the less you know about the book the better. There are sad things and I cried. But untimately, the main feel I had during the book was intrigue.

  2. astichoquette

    The cover of this book catches my eye every time I see it. I’m definitely intrigued though, someone running off leaving behind a family? Why? I’m curious already! Glad you liked it. I might have to check it out sometime! (Especially if everyone is going to be talking about it this summer. Don’t want to feel left out 😉

    • Trish Hannon

      Funny Asti, I don’t like the cover. When I realised it was train tracks, I liked it a bit better but still not overly impressed. Hard not to be curious, it nearly killed me till I found out why!
      Yes, read it, we can’t have you left out!

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Oh you little tease you..you have piqued my curiosity and now I want to know what happens and love that you found it believable, dark and gritty. A five star ending too..eep. I am glad you read it, because the I would have passed right by that cover!

  4. Nuzaifa @ Say It With Books

    This is the first time I’m seeing One Step Too Far. And even if I did see it I wouldn’t have really noticed it since the cover isn’t exactly eye catching. But reading the synopsis and your review makes me wonder if I’m missing out! Definitely adding this one to my TBR! 😀

    Nicely reviewed,Trish! 🙂

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