Published: 25th September 2014
After Polly ends her relationship with the father of her young son, Louis, she is determined to move on. All she wants is to focus on her job, her friends and to be a good mum. No more looking over her shoulder. No more complications… Then Polly meets Ben. Ben is guardian of his niece, Emily. They become close, with Polly teaching Ben how to plait Emily’s hair, and Ben playing football with Louis. Their friendship is unexpected. Polly’s never been happier. But when Louis’s dad reappears in their life, all Polly’s mistakes come back to haunt her and her resolve weakens when he swears he has changed. Will she give herself a second chance to love?
Thank you to Quercus for kindly sending me a review copy.
The book opens in 2010 during a therapy session when Polly recalls the last time she was truly happy. Throughout the entire narrative, the book goes back and forth during her childhood and her adulthood – I really enjoyed this aspect as it allowed us to see how Polly’s problems sprouted from a young age. Polly’s family are a real mixture. You’ve got drunk Grandad trying to spill secrets, parents controlling every move and an Aunt who won’t have fun. As the past events occur in the narrative, the secrets are continually kept hush hush.
It’s not all about the family secrets though. Polly has a connection with Ben, but just as things are really beginning between them, Alice throws in a plot twist and brings in a demon from the past. I really enjoyed One Step Closer To You as Alice has a very calm writing style and you can’t help but be drawn into the narrative.