Fiction

One Step Behind by Lauren North

About the Book

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?

What I thought

This book draws you into the story right from the beginning. Jenna is being followed – she has a stalker. She has no idea why this man is constantly following her. She’s seen him, she can identify him. She knows that he knows where she lives, he knows where she works and she lives in fear of her life. She fears for her children too. The author really brings it home of what it must feel like to be stalked. The constant tension Jenna lives with affects every part of her life. She can’t sleep at night properly, she already doesn’t see her children as much as she would like because she’s an A&E Doctor and she loves her job. Home life is difficult enough without living in constant fear. It’s affecting her relationship with her children, her husband, even her friends.

Imagine then when he turns up in the A&E Department where Jenna works with serious injuries and she has to treat him………..

I can’t really say much more without giving anything away. It does highlight how frightening it must be when anyone ends up in this situation. All the while you know what’s happening but others around you begin to see some of your worries as paranoia. At one point all Jenna wants to do is run as far away as possible, to another country maybe. That is how desperate she becomes.

There are lots of twists to the story and as it heads towards the conclusion the tension is palpable. Real edge of your seat stuff, from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this book – a five star read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


Thanks to Lilly at Transworld Digital for inviting me to read an advance copy of this book via Netgalley.

The book is released on Kindle on 16 July 2020 and will be published in paperback on 3 September.

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