makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to
start again as someone new?
a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her
inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s 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
Tina Seskis has done a marvelous job of creating a compelling and
intense novel with One Step Too Far. Written using both the present
tense and flashbacks to the past, we live through the painful journey of
Emily Coleman, who escapes her life one morning, turning her back on
her family and her identity. Emily has decided its better for everyone
if she were to leave Ben and Charlie behind. She heads to London,
changes her identity, tries to recreate herself, forget the painful
memories of the past. As Cat Brown, she finds she is ill-equipped to
deal with life, everything is an uphill battle. With the help of a
slightly quirky new friend, she stumbles through life, becomes
moderately successful in her job, makes new friends, but her secret past
still haunts her, its always there. Through one of her many dubious
and self-destructive choices, Cat’s new life comes crashing down around
She must face reality and her past, how it has
affected her and those around her. She must learn to forgive herself
for being human. Is she strong enough? Can she face her new future?
Can those around her accept her as she is?
There was not one point in this brilliantly written story that I could clearly
know what would happen to Cat. The tangled twists and turns made the
answers illusive until the very end! The world building put me right
there, watching over Cat’s shoulder, living her story along with her.
I grew up in Hampshire, England, where my father worked at Heathrow for British Airways and my mother was in sales. My parents bestowed upon me a certain degree of eccentricity: my dad amongst other things built a boat in the front garden on our commuter belt housing estate, moved us into a touring caravan when our new house wasn’t built, and took us all over the world with his free air travel and limited budget. I think part of my story-telling is shaped by those experiences.
I studied business at the University of Bath and then worked for over
twenty years in marketing, advertising and online sales, with varying
degrees of success, before starting to write.
I originally wrote One Step Too Far for my mum, whilst attending a local writing class on a Thursday afternoon. I completed my second novel When We Were Friends (formerly called A Serpentine Affair) in 2011. It took me way longer to finally get the books published, and One Step Too Far is now available in over 60 countries. I live in North London with my husband and son, and currently write full-time(ish).