One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner #review

Book cover of One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner

Title: One Step Too Far
Series: Frankie Elkin #2)
Author: Lisa Gardner

Publisher: Penguin UK


Hours stretch into days which stretch into weeks. Volunteers go home, police are assigned new missions and the missing hiker,Timothy O’Day becomes one more missing person, vanished without a trace.

Until Frankie Elkin – missing persons specialist – comes to town. Fresh off her case in Boston, Frankie heads to Wyoming, determined to find Timothy and bring him home – whatever the cost.

Frankie joins a seven day woodland search team, lead by Tim’s father Martin, as they venture deep into the dark forest to uncover the truth. Broken tree limbs and traces of blood suggest a wild animal may be lurking nearby. Frankie knows better.

But with secrets swirling and tensions raised in the group, it becomes clear that Frankie Elkin’s newest case could be her last…

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My review:

I knew I was in for a treat with One Step Too Far, Lisa Gardner’s new release in the Frankie Elkin series (I really enjoyed the first, Before She Disappeared), but I didn’t expect to be this gripped. The story follows Frankie, who spends her life helping to find people who have disappeared a long time ago, as she gets involved in a missing person case where a stag do went terribly wrong five years ago, resulting in the injury of one of the attendees and the disappearance of the stag, Timothy.

Frankie joins Tim’s father and an array of colourful characters as they trek into the forest where Tim disappeared to try and find his body. But things don’t go quite to plan…

I really enjoyed this tense, addictive novel. Frankie is a great character and one I’ll always be happy to read more about. She unearths the truth where no one else can. The setting is very different to other novels – almost entirely set in the forest – and I thought this might become a bit dull but it’s quite the opposite: the location felt so vibrant it almost felt alive at times. It took me a little while to really get into but once I did, I was hooked!

As the search into the forest continues, the danger ramps up as well, and the more I read the more I wanted to work out what exactly had happened out there. The tension is high and other are some twists I definitely didn’t see coming, but One Step Too Far also did a great job of further developing the main character Frankie, and allowed us to learn about the cast of other interesting characters who feature.

I struggled to put this book down – addictive reading!

My rating: 4/5

Many thanks to the publisher, Penguin, for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest review.


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