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One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far - Tina Seskis 3.5 Stars

One step too Far by Tina seskis is a marvellous rollercoaster of a novel with a compelling plot that keeps you turning those pages.

The story is written using both the present tense and flashbacks and reveals the intriguing story of twin sisters Emily and Caroline. We first meet Emily on a train, running away from what would seem to be the perfect suburban life. Emily has it all, a husband and son whom she has had a very happy life with. Something happens and Emily plots her escape from this life and we see her seeking anonymity and an a whole new life for herself, but from what or why she is escapin is not clear and the author does a great job in keeping us guessing. Emily’s alter ego is Cat and she soon finds some rather seedy digs in London and is taken under the tender wing of flatmate Angel. Her life becomes polar opposite of the life she has lived previously.

The book is separated into three parts with short chapters within each part. The story is set in the present and flashbacks to the past and I thought this worked well within the story and was not at all confusing.
I loved the Characters, as they are dark and well fleshed out and all come with their own set of problems and stories which really makes interesting reading.

Half ways through this novel I was thinking this was going to be a 5 star read, but I was very disappointed with the story's conclusion, as I found it very contrived and far fetched and out of sync with the rest of the story. I did enjoy the read as I like dark characters and plot driven novels like this but the ending just seemed to go “one step too far” which is the reason for my 3.5 stars.