01 March 2013

One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
Description via Goodreads
An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life to start all over again? Has she had a breakdown? Was it to escape her dysfunctional family - especially her flawed twin sister Caroline who always seemed to hate her? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past? No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you?

One Step Too Far was full of twists and turns right from the start. The story alternates between the past and present Emily's life: life in Manchester vs. life in Lonon. Admittedly, I had a hard time connecting with Emily's character. I could not imagine there being anything that would/could make a mother leave her family. But like "real life", we aren't always privy to the intimate details of someones life behind closed doors. Even when the big secret was revealed (which  might I add, getting to this big secret was a bit tedious).

Seskis did a wonderful job of creating a cast of characters that seemed genuine in their flaws. A mother who couldn't quite find enough love for both daughters. A father who wasn't quite ready to take on fatherhood. And twin girls, opposites in every respect trying to figure out their place in the family.

Up until the last quarter or so of the book, I really enjoyed the story, even if I wasn't really rooting for Emily in the end. Like I said, the big build up to the reason why Emily left was a bit much after awhile.  I just wanted to know why she left and in the end just wanted to be done with her (this was mostly from my lack of connecting with the character from the start) and found myself disappointed in the ending. It wasn't an ending I would have chosen.


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