Today I am participating in a blog tour stop for the mystery/thriller No Turning Back
by Tracy Buchanan!
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: June 2017 (US)
You’d kill to protect your child – wouldn’t you?
When radio presenter Anna Graves and her baby are attacked on the beach by a crazed teenager, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her daughter.
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’, responsible for a series of murders twenty years ago.
Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life…?
About the Author:
Tracy Buchanan lives in the UK with her husband, their little girl, and their one-eyed Jack Russell. Buchanan traveled extensively while working as a travel magazine editor and has always been drawn to the sea after spending her childhood holidays on the coast visiting family–a fascination that inspires her writing. She now dedicates her time to writing and procrastinating on Twitter.
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
This was a truly compelling thriller that had me intrigued from the very beginning, especially given my fascination with reading anything serial killer related. I was also really intrigued by the idea of Anna’s profession as a radio producer and how that would play into the story. I kept picturing a character like Roz from Frasier, but ultimately, the main focus is definitely on the backlash Anna receives from the media and the dark and vicious side of its scrutiny even towards one of its own.
The many twists and turns throughout the story make it incredibly difficult for both you as the reader and Anna to trust anyone or predict where the story is going to go. As an unreliable narrator, Anna can’t even be trusted because she is filled with so much self-doubt and questions everything about herself, her own actions, and the past. Not to mention that almost everyone has secrets of their own that once exposed only add more layers of suspicion and distrust to what Anna thinks she knows and what readers should believe. This sense of unknowing is even more enhanced by the fact that while the vast majority of the story is told from Anna’s perspective, there are small glimpses from the killer’s perspective that provide details about the murders, but nothing in the way of clues that could lead you towards figuring out or even preparing for the big reveal. I never saw the ending coming and it was certainly different than anything else I’ve read in thrillers!
I really enjoyed how the author was able to pair the seemingly disparate types of killings, self-defense and serial murder, into a story that attempts to put them on the same level, especially in terms of how reactions are shaped depending on what information is revealed or kept hidden. One minute Anna is hailed as a hero, only in the next to be pursued as a pariah. There were many times that I was left speechless by the response of some within Anna’s family to how she handled the situation in protecting her daughter, as though she was no better than the serial killer preying on the community. This aspect really heightened the storytelling and made it impossible to put down!
This was my first experience reading one of Tracy Buchanan’s novels and I am definitely excited to check out her others! Thoroughly entertaining and hard to forget, this is a book you shouldn’t miss!
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