Anna Graves’s whole life has recently been turned upside down. A new mother, she’s just gone back to her job as a radio presenter and is busy navigating a new schedule of late night feeding and early morning wake ups while also dealing with her newly separated husband. Then the worst happens. While Anna is walking on the beach with her daughter, she’s attacked by a crazed teenager. Terrified, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her baby.
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,” a serial killer who preyed on the town twenty years ago—and who abruptly stopped when Anna’s father committed suicide.
Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life? Internationally bestselling author Tracy Buchanan takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride filled with heart-stopping secrets and hairpin turns in No Turning Back, her US debut.
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.
This is not a book you want to read late at night when you hear noises outside and your mind is telling you to run. The opening is terrifying, intense and starts the book in a spiral of terror that doesn't stop till the end. I was mesmerized from the start and found the book to be chilling and well written.
Anna is a good character with a lot going on. She has just come back to work after having a child. I loved her job as a radio personality . The setting of the story is in the U.K.which I found very fascinating. What happens to Anna one day while out for a stroll with her child ? What would you do to protect your child? I do have to say that the weapon Anna used to protect herself was quite unusual. I have to wonder if it really could do the damage the author described. With the adrenaline flowing through Anna in a survival mode, perhaps anything she used could become lethal. I was a bit confused at times when the story would go back and forth while introducing The Ophelia Killer. Later this will play a part that will turn the story upside down. It took awhile to connect the dots between The Ophelia Killer and its importance to the story. I will say it is worth the wait as the author strategically gives reads a thrill ride of mind games.
The town soon turns against Anna when the story breaks of the violent crime that Anna was involved in. I wasn't surprised at how most of her friends turned their back on her. It is true that you know who your real friends are when things get bad. Can you trust your friends to have your back when you are accused of a crime? The mind games in this story is outstanding. I was quite surprised at the ending and the build up was captivating. This is one story that is a psychological thriller with twists that jump off the page. Overall it is a great read with some profanity throughout the book.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.