Book Review: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis


I liked this book less than I did Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train but I still enjoyed it. I think my biggest complaint against the book would be the perspective and timeline jump. As I mentioned in my review of The Girl on the Train, Chick Suspense as a genre tends to jump around in the narrative. At least with the previously mentioned titles, the author clearly marks her chapters with a name so you know whose perspective you’re reading and a date so you know where in the timeline you stand. This book, however, did not do that. Seskis just jumps around from one person to the next and not in chronological order. It can be very disorienting at times and while that may have been her point to do so, I did not see the literary purpose in such a technique.

I did, however, really enjoy her twist at the end which to me was better than the twist in Gone Girl. Of course the whole point of the book is to make the reader guess what Emily’s big secret is and why she left a seemingly perfect life. The author did something unexpected for me in creating her female character. She gave her lead character an identical twin. The surprising circumstances of their birth leads to the girls being complete and polar opposites of one another which becomes a crucial element to the story. I found both women sympathetic. Unlike Rachel in The Girl on the Train who brings her problems upon herself, the women in this story are victims of fate and circumstance, something to which everyone can relate. Everyone faces tragedy in their life and everyone responds to it differently so in that sense, Seskis made her characters’ actions not only believable, but also understandable.

I gave this book four stars on Goodreads and the only thing that kept it from receiving full marks was the jump in perspective and time. It was just too confusing at times, but I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I highly recommend it as a pleasure read to anyone looking to take up some spare time. I think, however, that because in the obscure timeline and point of view shift that this book would make a decent film adaptation. Just a thought.

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