'A gripping psychological thriller that pulls the reader through the story at a terrific pace, not giving them a moment to draw breath' Nikki Smith, author of All in Her Head
Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She's also the victim of a stalker.
Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.
Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.
But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life?
'I absolutely adored this disturbingly twisty tale of stalking, obsession and control' Emma Curtis, author of The Night You Left'
A really gripping rollercoaster of a read - I absolutely loved it, and read it in one sitting' Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me
'Lauren North really knows how to reel you in. Absolutely brilliant' Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour
READERS CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF ONE STEP BEHIND:
'Wow oh wow! There is nothing negative I can say about this book'
'Twisty and compelling . . . One Step Behind is actually one step forward in psychological thrillers'
'So many twists and turns and OMG moments!'
'A thrilling read that will leave you breathless'
'Lauren North is really developing into a must-read author for me'
'This book is deserving of more than five stars'
The lives of two troubled women intertwine in this unsettling psychological thriller from British author North (The Perfect Son). Jenna Lawson, a physician in the Accident and Emergency department of Westbury District Hospital, is the victim of a stalker, whose machinations which include sending emails to Jenna and her employers accusing her of sexually abusing a child patient are often uppermost in her mind. Meanwhile, personal trainer Sophie worries about her brother, Matthew, with whom she shared a difficult childhood. Based on glimpses of Matthew that are too often to be coincidental, Jenna suspects he is the stalker, but she has never managed to take a photo of him to show the police. The tables turn when Matthew ends up in Jenna's emergency room, having been hit by a bus. Jenna determines to find out everything she can about him, discovering along the way that everyone close to her has secrets. A nice see-sawing of emotions and motives will keep most readers guessing to the end. North remains a writer to watch. \n
The author is a talented writer, has a way with words but the book isn’t perfect.
Normally I detest books written in the present tense but at times here it added to the atmosphere and tension when Jenna thought the stalker was watching or following her. That worked well. It seemed silly to use the present tense though when describing events that took place at various times in Sophie’s childhood many years earlier.
At times the plot seemed to drag repetitively. It’s hard to say much without spoiling the book for future readers but I found the main characters, especially Jenna, to be annoying and there were a number of slightly implausible aspects to the plot.
Overall, this was a decent enough book, a quick and easy read and one which I was happy to stick with to the end.
And a fab ending too, thank you !