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. (Summary via Goodreads)
No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan......WOW !!! I was composing my review while I was reading this book. The title for one thing is spot on !!! Once you start reading it, there is no turning back.... and you won't want to.
Buchanan introduces you to Anna Graves who is a recently single radio presenter who defends herself and protects her newborn daughter from a knife swinging boy. Although this seems like an open and shut case, it actually starts a downward spiral of events. Events that are out of Anna's control no matter what she does to prevent them. As she struggles with her actions of killing Elliott, a young boy, the only person she can rely on is Jamie, the older brother of the boy she killed.
When she starts to receive emails from the Ophelia Killer, she teams up with Jamie in search of answers. Could it be the Ophelia Killer after 20 years of silence ? Why was Elliott acting so strangely when he came into contact with Anna ?
Then when another boy is found dead in the same fashion as the Ophelia Killer's previous victims, Anna is certain that it is happening all over again. But will she be able to get to the bottom of things unlike her father who took his own life back when he was investigating the killings 20 years ago ?
As Anna and Jamie get drawn deeper and deeper into their search for answers, will it destroy them or calm them ?
It is so hard for me to refrain from going into more details within this story. I don't want to say too much and give all the juicy, nail biting, coffee getting cold next to you, rapid page turning answers. I cannot stress enough how awesome No Turning Back is. If there is a book that will stay with you, that you remember for a long time this is it !!! No Turning Back is definitely a book club reader for sure !! There is so much to talk about.....so much that it is killing me not to say more !!!!
Please if there is any doubt in your mind about reading No Turning Back, let me assure you that you will love it and it will leave a huge impact on you. I am already reaching out for any more books written by Tracy Buchanan.....
Review by Missi S.