Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?
Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free.
So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?
Stop At Nothing is a gripping and suspenseful novel, about how a mother deals with the traumatic event of her daughter being attacked one night on her way home.
Tess already has a lot on her plate and the author does a marvellous job at describing these issued from a middle aged woman’s point of view. Work has dried up, she has ageing and sick parents she needs to keep an eye on and is still dealing with the breakdown of her marriage When we meet Tess she already isn’t in a good place. So when Emma, her 16 year old daughter, is attacked on the street walking home from seeing friends, sending them both into a living nightmare, she is at breaking point.
When the police don’t seem to be doing enough to catch Emma’s attacker, leaving him out there on the streets, possibly to strike again, Tess becomes obsessed on protecting her daughter and getting the man safely locked up so that he can’t do it again. However, when Tess believes she has found out where he lives she takes matters into her own hands and naturally, being a Tammy Cohen novel, it sets of a chain of events that may only cause even more danger than they have already witnessed.
I found this a very tension filled read. Tess’ actions become so reactionary that as the reader I just wanted to scream at her to stop and think! Knowing it was only going to do more harm than good. But of course Tess isn’t thinking straight and we read on as her actions become even more dangerous.
As always the author brings in a great set of other characters that add wonderfully to the thriller element of the novel and bring in another whole level to the story being told. The book slows down in parts to explain the other goings on in Tess’ life, like her work and family, that not only make you feel sorry for her but help explain her current state of mind and give background to the characters.
With subjects such as social media, family breakdowns, children growing up all thrown into the mix it is a book most certainly based in reality but still with the read of a suspense novel. Making it even more chilling.
I have enjoyed other books by this author particularly When She Was Bad and They All Fall Down and would also recommend her books written as Rachel Rhys which I highly enjoy.
Stop At Nothing is out now!
I received a copy of the book from the publishers via NetGalley.