One Step Too Far: A Novel

One Step Too Far: A Novel

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by Tina Seskis

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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


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. . . .

Editorial Reviews

“Debut novelist Seskis displays a keen sense of pacing ... and her backstories on Emily’s family are vivid yet done with great economy. ...Seskis hooks readers from the outset while also spelling out the high emotional costs of abandoning loved ones. A skillfully done novel by a writer to watch.”
Sophie Hannah
“Tina Seskis, if this novel is anything to go by, is one of the world’s leading experts at pulling the wool over readers’ eyes until the very end.”
“It’s hard to put down this compelling, innovative mystery.... it all works together beautifully, the suspense and surprise will not be anything readers see coming.”
Us Weekly
“Tine Seskis’ twisted psychological thriller keeps readers guessing at Emily’s secrets until the end.”
Publishers Weekly
British author Seskis expertly depicts the new life of a runaway wife, Emily Coleman, in her exciting if not groundbreaking first novel. Leaving all that she knows in Manchester, England, for an uncertain future in present-day London, Emily reclaims her maiden name and becomes Cat Brown. With the help of her new housemate, the uninhibited but motherly Angel, Cat finds not only a new job but also a new persona, and the two party and drink to extremes that Cat would never have dared to try before. Yet at every turn Cat must push away thoughts of the often alluded to but unspecified event that drove her to restart her life. Individual readers will have to decide whether the secret that drives the plot, once it’s revealed, is sufficiently shocking. Regardless, as Cat teeters from being nearly indigent to becoming a confident if reckless Londoner, her experiences on her own make for a diverting read. Agent: Jon Elek, United Agents (U.K.). (Jan.)
Library Journal
This highly anticipated U.S. publication of Seskis's debut psychological thriller is off and running from the very first page, in which readers meet Cat Brown, formerly Emily Coleman, as she sheds her previous life with a move to London, leaving behind what she assumes will be a shocked and bewildered family. Our view of Cat's rough first weeks in the city, and her introduction to a seedier life than the one to which she was accustomed in the suburbs of Manchester is interspersed with multiple narratives that provide disconnected clues to the motivation for her frantic hegira. The author's use of this technique propels the plot by leaving the reader unsettled and on edge, eager for more information. And, in order to achieve the intricate plot twists, Seskis reverses the classic methods of such predecessors as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy by distancing us from her characters in order to keep us ignorant of the driving force behind their actions until the climactic conclusion. VERDICT Add this one to the growing Gone Girl subgenre, designed for readers who appreciate the journey and are willing to invest the time to reflect on its significance once the destination is reached. [See Prepub Alert, 7/21/14.]—Nancy McNicol, Hamden P.L., CT

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Meet the Author

Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, England, and after graduating from the University of Bath spent more than twenty years working in marketing and advertising. One Step Too Far is her debut novel, and was first published independently in the UK, where it shot to the #1 spot on the bestseller list. Her second novel is forthcoming. She lives in North London with her husband and son.

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One Step Too Far: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Suspense novels about disappearing spouses, from Gone Girl to the recent blockbuster The Girl On The Train, are all the rage, and Tina Seskis' novel, One Step Too Far, is a worthy addition to this genre. Like The Girl On The Train, One Step Too Far is also set in London. As we meet Emily, she is on a train running away from her husband and young son, but we don't know why. We learn that she is a twin, and her sister Caroline has led a troubled life, in comparison to Emily, who was always the good girl. Caroline always felt that her mother didn't love her as much as she loved Emily, a feeling that is based in fact. Their father Andrew is a womanizer, and had a distant relationship with his daughters. When Emily met Ben, they fell in love and began a wonderful life together. Their wedding was beautiful, until a drunken Caroline ruined the day, and Andrew slept with Caroline's friend. But Ben and Emily did their best to not let family bring them down. Something bad happens, we don't exactly what it is, but it causes Emily to run away to London, change her name to Cat and move into a disgusting flat with several other strangers. Angel, a flatmate, can see that Cat is fragile, and takes her under her wing. Cat gets a job in marketing, and works her way up the ladder. She also drinks too much and uses drugs to mask her pain. What happened to Emily to drive her to abandon her old, happy life? My initial thoughts had something to do with her twin sister, and I kept looking for clues along the way to confirm my suspicions. But Seskis does a marvelous job getting the reader turning the pages to find the answer, and the tag line on the book's cover- "No one has ever guessed Emily's secret. Will you?" is pure genius, keeping that uppermost in the reader's mind. Kudos to whomever came up with that one. We are drawn into Cat's new world, feeling her pain as she tries to start over and forget whatever it is she is running from, while Ben searches frantically for her. Although we are constantly wondering what caused Emily to run, she is such an interesting character, and I found her journey, particularly her determination to decorate her new room, completely engrossing. When we do find out what happened to Emily, I confess to being totally shocked and gasping audibly. I was reading on a beach, and I could see heads around me turning when I found out, wondering what I was reading. One Step Too Far is a perfect beach or airplane book. It's a propulsive page-turner that is best read when you have uninterrupted time because you will become obsessed wondering what caused Emily to run. But it is not only the plot that will move you; Emily/Cat is an unforgettable character and you will pull for her to find peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...did not see it coming and the twist made the book for me.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
An Interesting Book Contemporary, Mystery, Romantic Elements London & Manchester England Emily Coleman had a happy marriage, a lovely home and a beautiful family. At least she did until one morning when she walks out on all of it and right out of her life. She wants to start a life as someone new. Emily is now Cat and is working at a hip advertising agency in London. She has a new friend, Angel that she is living on the edge with. Cat has done everything possible to bury her old life and self. If fact she has managed to do it so well that no one can find her. What she can’t do is truly bury the past nor can she forget her memories. Soon she will have to face the truth of what she has done. It is a revelation so shocking it just might push her one step too far. This is a story the expertly weaves the past and present together in such a way that the reader slowly gets the whole picture. It also keeps readers guessing just why Emily walked out of her life. The story takes the reader on a wild ride with Emily as they work to figure out just what caused all that Emily does. Just as the reader thinks they have it figured out another clue is tossed out to make them guess again. This is an emotional story that pulls the reader in and keeps them captive until the very last page when the story ultimately comes full circle. It is definitely worth reading and getting lost in the story. Received a review copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely engrossed in this book from the first chapter on...I was trying to guess what the twist might be since the characters are so vibrant but the author did a brilliant job of setting it up without giving it away. I hope Tina Seskis is planning on writing many more novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping from the start and completely unpredictable. Fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the twists and turns in this book. Really difficult to put down. Just finished and will be reading again!
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
The story opens with a woman who's decided that she is going to run away from her current life and start anew, without the benefit of any family or friends. By the time the main character, Catherine Emily, has come full circle, the author has explored greed, poverty, adultery, fame, fortune, divorce, marriage, drugs, life and death just to name a few. From the start of the book, you become engrossed to the point you don't want to put it down. The author does this by telling each persons' point of view; thereby giving the reader a perspective she may not have considered, had the author decided to focus on Emily alone. From her parents marriage, to Emily and Carolines birth, to Cats' end and Emily's beginning, the reader continues to question what happened until the end when you finally learn the unexpected. I think this is a story, which the reader may take away several different ideas. For me, I found the most significant meaning to be selfishness. It made me think how as a society today, most of us place our wants and needs above those around us, to the point that we may even consider our lives more important than that of the stranger we stand beside each day. When I thought of the friend inviting Emily and her husband to her wedding, risking it being ruined by an embarrassing outburst, I found myself thinking how the best things, the moments we truly cherish and remember come when we choose to place anothers needs/wants above our own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with a clever twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this one down. Incredible and powerful suspense read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
After reading the B&N book description it sounded interesting so I read the e-book sample and thought it sounded really intriguing. Of course, the minute I paid the $11.99 the book got so boring I flipped through the majority of pages hoping it would get better - it didn't. I only finished it because I paid for it. You won't find out why she left until about page 290 out of 317 pages or so and she's so unlikeable, you won't even care!!!
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There are some twists and turns that make this enjoyable .
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Wel lwritten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be looking for her 2nd book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to read more by this author