One Step Too Far, Tina Seskis

One Step Too Far


The description from the publishers

An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home. So what makes identical twin Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? How will she survive? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past? No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you?

What I thought
This book reads quickly but not particularly pleasantly. There is a casual, young voice that leans towards annoyingly immature rather than depressed and desperate.

Seskis is more focussed on tell rather than show: Emily has moved into a new flat, sharing with random strangers and this is how she describes a girl she just met : “I love Angel. She is kind and speechlessly pretty and gets away with everything.”

Our protagonist extrapolated this information after meeting this character very briefly and much of the book uses this kind of shallow reasoning. I couldnt’ read past about 15%.

Another part which read straight out of a teen fantasy book was Emily meeting a man once and then two months later after they had both apparently been pining for each other she instigated his visit to her house where they consummated their mad love.

I had no interest in the character or her story. I thought the story creation was poor and decided to stop reading not long after I started.

To my amazement, Seskis has another book out for publication. I’ll be giving it a miss. To be fair to the author, I didn’t really want to write this review as the book was certainly not written in a style that I would prefer. The packaging and promotion was a bit misleading. I did however read this free of charge from the publisher on NetGalley so felt it was only fair to provide some feedback. There have been 532 reviews on and it has scored very highly (I have no idea why).

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