Friday 21 November 2014

One Step Closer To You by Alice Peterson

Title: One Step Closer To You
Author: Alice Peterson
Published: 25th September 2014
Publisher: Quercus


One Step Closer to You is without a doubt my favourite novel of Alice Peterson's. I really thought she captured my imagination and emotions whilst reading this. It was so believable and in more ways than one, even relatable.

This tells Polly's story, a now single Mum, who has come through a very dark time in her life, but is finally starting to believe that her life is turning around, but she still can't stop looking over her shoulder. As the book switches back and forth in time to a younger Polly, we start to unravel Polly's troubled past.

As soon as I started reading this, I knew I was going to love it. I instantly warmed to Polly and found her relatable in her way of thinking and wants in life. When Alice takes us to Polly's darker past, I thought she dealt with it with such a fantastic level of sensitivity and she open my eyes once again to an issue that unless you have been through it, would find hard to understand.

Polly and Ben's friendship was actually kind of beautiful. The way Polly was able to help Ben plait Emily's hair and get her to open up to him was so heartwarming. It also came across as really genuine, just like all of the other characters in the book like Polly's Aunt Viv, who you just can't help but like.

I really really loved the twist towards the end; absolutely brilliant and completely what you don't see coming. Alice really throws you with that one, but it ties everything up and makes everything make sense. 

A beautiful, sensitive, heartwarming and uplifting novel. Definitely Alice's best yet!


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