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No Turning Back

A Novel

Tracy Buchanan


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A murder committed in self-defense blurs the line between guilty and innocent in this hair-raising psychological thriller from an internationally bestselling author
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.

Praise For No Turning Back: A Novel

Praise for No Turning Back:
“Tracy Buchanan’s No Turning Back is a must read for fans of psychological suspense. Tightly plotted and intense, this novel will have you looking over your shoulder and peeking under your bed. Filled with twists and turns, No Turning Back will keep you flying through the pages to the shocking end.”
-Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

"A gripping psychological thriller, No Turning Back had me flipping the pages late into the night. If you think you know what’s coming, think again. Tracy Buchanan’s sly plotting will keep you guessing whodunit from the first surprising twist through the unexpected, chilling ending.
—A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife

"No Turning Back begins simply, with a seemingly random attack and a desperate act of self-defense. From there it evolves into a story of dark secrets, tangled relationships, and unexpected alliances. Tracy Buchanan’s characters are real and compelling, and she keeps the tension rising until it unravels the life of her protagonist in ways that are both devastating and inevitable. This is a gripping and entertaining read—a smart, sophisticated thriller you won’t want to miss."
—Harry Dolan, national bestselling author of The Last Dead Girl

No Turning Back is a rollercoaster ride of a book. Ask yourself how far would you go to protect your child—you know the answer but are you prepared for the consequences? It’s chilling, brilliant, a great read!”
—Alexandra Burt, author of The Good Daughter and Remember Mia

“Anna’s fear, exhaustion, and mama-lion devotion to her daughter are palpable. A suspenseful ‘woman in jeopardy’ debut from British writer Buchanan.”

"Events cascade at a relentless pace in this perfectly taut psychological thriller."
Foreword Reviews

"You will be turning the pages as fast as you can...For those of you who like psychological thrillers filled with suspense and loads of questions, then you will love what this author has written...definitely a thrill ride."
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, five-star review

“An intense and emotional story filled with dizzying twists and turns...this is a book well worth reading.”
Mystery Scene Magazine

“A great book, full of twists and turns...[It] did not disappoint.”
Manhattan Book Review five-star review

Crooked Lane Books, 9781683311638, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

About the Author

Tracy Buchanan lives in the UK with her husband, their little girl and their puppy, Bronte. 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.