Anna Graves's whole life has recently been turned upside down. A new mother, she's just gone back to her job as a radio presenter and is busy navigating a new schedule of late night feeding and early morning wake ups while also dealing with her newly separated husband. Then the worst happens. While Anna is walking on the beach with her daughter, she's attacked by a crazed teenager. Terrified, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her baby.
But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna's story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister. A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the “Ophelia Killer,” a serial killer who preyed on the town twenty years ago—and who abruptly stopped when Anna's father committed suicide.
Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child's life? Internationally bestselling author Tracy Buchanan takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride filled with heart-stopping secrets and hairpin turns in No Turning Back, her US debut.
British author Buchanan (After the Life) makes her U.S. debut with a melodramatic serial killer thriller. While radio show personality Anna Graves is walking with her eight-month-old daughter, Joni, along the beach of Ridgmont Waters, the village where she grew up, a teenage boy attacks her with a knife. Her assailant, soon to be identified as Elliot Nunn, a boy from the "deprived docklands area," takes a fatal fall onto the comb she pulls out of her bag to protect herself and Joni. Witnesses and the police agree that it was self-defense, so why does Anna feel so terrible? When poison is discovered in Elliot's system, it harkens back to the Ophelia Killer, whom Anna's father, a journalist, was investigating when he jumped to his death. At this news, everyone in Ridgmont Waters, even Anna's ex-husband, Guy, turns against her, but she finds an unlikely ally in Elliot's older brother, Jamie. When another teen's body is found, Anna is afraid a killer may be closing in on her family. The final denouement, obviously meant to be shocking, defies all credibility.