There is something about a good mystery kind of a story that really appeals to me. Can you blame me? I think most people enjoy a good whodunit kind of story. When I picked up One Step Too Far by Tina Sekis, I thought that I was in for a whodunit kind of story. But I was wrong…kind of. It it a drama/suspense kind of story? Yes, but not in the traditional sense.
When we start One Step Too Far, we first meet Emily as she is leaving her old life for a new one. Right from the start, it’s obvious that ‘something’ has happened to make Emily just up and leave it all behind, but it is never quite apparent just what that ‘something’ is. But really, if she is choosing to disappear from her home and family in the middle of the night, then whatever she has done must be pretty bad. Indeed, you spend the vast majority of the book imagining all kinds of scenarios to that must have lead to such a drastic decision.
Instead of letting us know anytime soon as to what the cause of her disappearance is, we actually spend 75% of the book learning about a wide cast of characters and who they all intersect in Emily/Cathy’s life; both past and present. And what a cast of characters it is. Seriously, her family alone is reason enough to make someone want to pack up and leave in the middle of the night.
When you do find out just what Emily actually did, you can’t help feeling a bit sad and let down at the same time. One Step Too Far ends up being less of a whodunit and more of a journey of self discovery. There is nothing wrong with that, but I would have liked to have known that going in.
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