Not often, but every once in a great while, I dreamed about running away from home. I knew that life wouldn’t be better – that in fact, I knew it would be downright awful. I knew I could never really do it, never really wanted to, but still, there it was.
So when I was offered an ARC of One Step Too Far, by Tina Seskis, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Emily Coleman has it all – an amazingly wonderful life with a husband, a child, a home, even a dog. And yet, one morning she walks away from it all to begin again. She runs away from home! That’s where the story begins. But where it takes you before it ends is nothing short of amazing.
I’ll warn you – this is a hard one to put down so don’t start it unless you are willing to stay up way too late, to ignore chores and duties and to become part of another world. It’s a world of high energy, glittering people, amazing jobs, friendship, drugs, agony and surprising tragedy.
Emily’s (oh, right, she’s Cat now) struggle to find her way in the world – a new world – is riveting. Tina Seskis does a masterful job of drawing us in – getting us to cheer for Cat’s successes one minute and scream in frustration at Cat’s poor judgment the next. We walk with Cat as she rises in her new career. We celebrate her success with best friends and lovers. We struggle with her in her relationship with her twin sister. But we never see it coming.
I love books with an unexpected twist, although I am pretty good at figuring them out ahead of time. Not this time. This time I had absolutely no clue about what made Emily/Cat leave. But once I found out, I was filled with nothing but compassion for her. And I had to wonder what I would do given, heaven forbid, similar circumstances.
Months after I read this book for the first time, I read it again. It packed quite a punch the second time around. But my book hangover, you know the one you get when you finish a book but can’t stop thinking about it, may force a third read sometime soon.