Review of No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

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Published: 28th July 2016
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 368


When radio presenter Anna Graves and her baby are attacked on the beach by a crazed teenager, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her daughter. 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’, responsible for a series of murders twenty years ago. Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life…?


Thank you to Avon for kindly sending me a review copy.

The narrative opens with a prologue; a boy asking for help as a woman leaves the room – perhaps a clue as what will happen later on? Readers soon meet Anna, a newly single mother of Joni, who is a co-host of a breakfast radio show discussing young people taking drugs. Her personality allowed me to be glued to the plot; she was warm, friendly, caring and had an interesting vibe about her. Within the first chapter, the plot changes pace quite quickly and soon enough, someone’s life is in danger.
“The fact was, no matter how much she tried to dress things up, she had taken a life. She was a killer.”
Twenty years ago, Anna’s Dad committed suicide from jumping off the lighthouse which was caused by going insane from trying to solve a murder case. Two decades later, the murderer begins to email Anna in regards to her accidentally killing of the school boy and with The Ophelia Killer dropping clues into her coat pocket, she teams up with someone unexpected and surprisingly, their connection was brilliant – but could he be trusted? Their families were surprisingly linked yet was someone to blame for Anna’s Dad’s “suicide”?
“Anna felt like the ground had collapsed beneath her. It had been a possibility in her mind, yes, but she hadn’t truly believed it, couldn’t.”
Towards the end of the narrative, The Ophelia Killer from twenty years ago has been confirmed as someone quite shocking – the clues which Anna detected were incredible and it was extremely intense as they were revealed, but the biggest twist was yet to come and oh wow, I didn’t see that coming one bit. The entire narrative from start to finish was utterly superb; Tracy’s style is perfect for murder mysteries and she never fails to disappoint. This is a favourite of the year, that’s for sure.