I am delighted to share my review today for One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardener. This is the 2nd book in the Frankie Elkin series and I would suggest picking up and reading the first book as it does give an insight into Frankie.
My huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy for my copy of this fabulous book via the publisher Century Books.
A young man disappears during a stag weekend in the woods. Years later, he’s still missing.
But his friends who were with him that day are still searching for him. Still hunting.
They hike deep into the wilderness.
With them is missing person specialist Frankie Elkin.
What they don’t know is that they are putting their own lives in terrifying danger, and may not come back alive . . .
This is the 2nd book in the Frankie Elkin series and WOW! A one-sitting read for me, I really was unable to put this one down.
Frankie Elkin has her demons, she constantly battles to keep them at bay, but she manages and is 10+ years sober. She is such an interesting character and I am so glad that I had read the previous book Before She Disappeared.
Frankie lives a transient lifestyle, she has a job but it does not pay. She has no car, no possessions apart from what she can carry with her and she looks for people who are lost or missing. She decides to help in the search for a young man who went missing several years ago.
This is such a dark book and one that had me absolutely riveted. The way the author gradually increases the tension is great, but to be honest there is tension from the outset as Frankie joins the search. This isn’t a walk in the park, this is more dangerous and extreme than that. The territory is harsh, has no phone signal is rugged and only those with experience tackle the area.
Having to prove herself to be fit for the week-long search shows how tough this job will be. A gruelling hike, camping out, wild animals and bitterly cold nights are just the beginning. The author does a brilliant job of describing the area and instilling the dangers as I read. At the same time, there is a mystery to solve, one that nags at Frankie as she learns more about the other people in the group and more about the missing man.
This is a story that is dark, it is devious and I did sort of twig on to the “who” but it was more of an ” I wonder if it could be…” but I never saw the complete picture until the author was good and ready to fill in the details.
This is a fabulous read and one that makes me want to read more and more in this series. Gradually learning more about Frankie and her drive to search for the missing. If you like suspense and nerve-jangling thrillers then this is one you should definitely look out for. I would suggest reading the first book as it helps to see the journey Frankie has taken and about her past. Brilliant book and one I would definitely recommend.
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