• It's always one step too far
  • One Step Too Far
  • 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. . . .
  • Music video by Faithless featuring Dido performing One Step Too Far. (C) 2001 BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.

One Step Too Far: A Novel


An intricately plotted, thoroughly addictive thriller from a major new voice in suspense fiction—a mesmerizing and powerful novel that will keep you guessing to the very end

It's funny how easy it is, when it really comes down to it, to get up from your life and begin a new one. All you need is enough money to start you off, and a resolve not to think about the people you're leaving behind."

A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A dream home. So what makes lawyer Emily Coleman—a woman who appears to have everything—get up one morning and walk right out of her life to start again as someone new?

Deliberately losing herself in London, Emily quickly transforms herself into Cat. Along with her new name, she finds a new home in a shared house in North London teeming with an odd assortment of flatmates, and a new job as a receptionist at a hip advertising agency. Finding easy kinship with the fun-loving Angel, her savior and new best friend, Cat begins to live on the edge, giddy with the euphoria of freedom and release.

Cat has 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 painful memories. As the days turn to months, thoughts of all she's left behind begin to consume her. She cannot outrun the ghosts that haunt her, no matter how hard she tries to elude them.

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 . . .

Filled with wonderfully complex characters, brilliantly plotted to ratchet the suspense, and exploring themes of family, secrets, and the choices we all must make, One Step Too Far is a mesmerizing thriller that tantalizingly illuminates just how far we may go to try and forget our sins.

ONE STEP TOO FAR is perfectly paced and wonderfully plotted. There is no good place to stop reading, even if you wanted to do so (you won’t). In the brief, understated and poignant Author’s Note that closes the novel, Seskis tells how the story came to be, a revelation that echoes backward through the pages. Save some time to read this book twice; you will want to give in to the temptation.


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Thank you for letting me review this book. ONE STEP TOO FAR did indeed keep me guessing til the end. Emily has a wonderful husband whom she loves but she walks out the door thinking she will never return. Emily's childhood I'd very different because she is the good twin and everyone loves her except her bad twin. Caroline is always in competition with Emily, for her parents' love, for friends, and for boyfriends. Could this be the reason Emily left her family and is hoping never to be found? This is the mystery. Even if you read the last few pages (which is my penchant) you do not find out the answers you keep asking throughout the book. — Rebecca Harrison, Lincolns Loft Bookstore