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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,540 ratings  ·  278 reviews
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
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Published June 13th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars

Thriller with a surprising twist about a mother who commits murder to protect her child.

While taking a leisurely stroll on the beach with her infant daughter, the last thing Anna expects to happen is to be attacked by a teeenager wielding a knife. In an act of self defense, Anna winds up killing her attacker. Anna is both celebrated and ostracized for her actions. She soon becomes scrutinized by the press and the police, and her life is turned upside down. Further complicating matters i
Susanne  Strong
4 Stars.
A Compelling Psychological Thriller that Packs Several Punches.

You know the old saying: “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures?” Well, it’s a phrase that Anna Graves has become intimately familiar with. She is a single mother who felt threatened. Walking on the beach alone one night with her baby girl Joni, both she and her daughter’s lives are threatened when a young teenage boy attacks. In a moment that was instinctual, she protects her daughter - and the boy (Elliot Nunn) loses
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars to No Turning Back, a thriller and suspense novel released on June 15, 2017 by Tracy Buchanan. Many thanks to the author and to the publisher, Crooked Lane (thanks, Sarah!) for suggesting this book and sending it to me. I enjoyed the read and am excited to draft this review.

Why This Book
I love thriller and suspense novels. I've been very active on Goodreads and NetGalley for the last 4 months. Suddenly, the publisher reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in r
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan is a 2017 Crooked Lane publication.

This is a solid enough British mystery, with a unique premise.

Newly divorced, single mom, Anna, has only just returned to work after the birth of her daughter, when while taking a walk, she is attacked by a teenage boy. Thinking only of her daughter’s safety she kills her attacker.

Once the story makes headlines, Anna begins receiving emails from a notorious serial killer, connected to her father’s investigations as a journal
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2017, england, mystery
3.5 Stars

It’s Anna Graves's first day back to work, after eight months of maternity leave. She’s torn, hating to leave her daughter Joni, but loving her job as a popular radio personality / presenter with her even more popular on-air partner Nathan the perfect balance for her opinions. Their topic of the day is about a rash of murders committed twenty years previously, murders her father had been investigating before his death, murders attributed to The Ophelia Killer.

Walking on the path that ra
Wow! Thrilling Start!

NO TURNING BACK is a multi-layered crime-mystery that begins with a knife attack on a mother and child innocently strolling the beach. Suddenly surrounded by loitering teens with no place to retreat, fighting to defend herself and protect her baby become Anna's only option.....and death results! (no spoiler here)

After an obvious self-defense outcome by the local police, Anna is released but riddled with guilt, stalked by reporters and threatened by formidable family members

A mother's protective love is beyond question. Automaticity that kicks in at just the right moment.

And that's exactly what happened on that lovely sunny day as Anna and her baby daughter, Joni, were walking along the beach. A casual glance in one direction brought immense danger to them both. A young teenage boy armed with a knife was hurling down upon them. Anna reacted by grabbing a comb out of her bag for protection. The boy lost his footing as his neck made contact with the sharp end of the
3.5 stars rounded to 4

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan is a 2017 Crooked Lane publication.

This is a solid enough British mystery, with a unique premise.

Newly divorced, single mom, Anna, has only just returned to work after the birth of her daughter, when while taking a walk, she is attacked by a teenage boy. Thinking only of her daughter’s safety she kills her attacker.

Once the story makes headlines, Anna begins receiving emails from a notorious serial killer, connected to her father’s inv
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British mystery fans
Recommended to Thomas by: NetGalley
Shelves: uk-crime, netgalley
4 stars
This was a very good mystery, set in the south of England. It opens with a flashback to someone badly hurt and the narrator refusing to help. It is the first murder. But there is a gap of twenty years between the first set of murders and the second set. The first set is by someone called "The Ophelia Killer." The killer was never caught and when the murders start up again, panic grips the community.
One suspect is Anna Graves, who kills a young boy who attacked her and her baby. There are
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to start off by saying how pretty the cover of this novel is! I fell in love before I even read the description of the book!

My first novel by Tracy Buchanan and I am definitely going to read more from her after this! I am rating this book a strong 5.

I was intrigued right away from the first page until the end. Buchanan does an amazing job portraying how dark and brutal the media can be. Poor Ana!!!!

What I can say is holy shit balls was I floored with the ending. I totally did not expect
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller, mystery
Anna Graves has just returned back to work from maternity leave in this psychological thriller. She is a radio presenter with a new baby daughter.

Later in the day, as she is walking the beach with her new baby she is attacked by a young man. The only thing she has to defend herself with is a comb. When the young man dies, the community rallies behind her .... at first. Evidence in his death seem to be connected to deaths at an earlier point of time.
Anna is determined to get to the bottom of it
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Anna is walking with her baby daughter when she is approached by a teenager holding a knife. He mutters something to her, then lunges. In an effort to defend her own life, and the life of her child, Anna kills the boy. His family is understandably not too happy about that, though public sentiment is largely on Anna's side. But, when some dirty little secrets are leaked, she becomes something of a pariah. To make matters worse, Anna has started receiving emails from a serial killer who was never ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book starts with an interesting premise. A young teenager apparently tries to attack Anna and her baby girl. In the struggle, she kills him. She is alternatively hailed as a heroine and then as bits of her personal life come out, she's knocked off the pedestal. And then she starts getting emails from a serial killer who was active 20 years before.
I didn't feel a real rapport with Anna but I did feel empathy for her. Most of her family is a cause of stress, not comfort.
This is a decent psy
Linda Strong
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Anna Graves is a new mom, recently separated from her husband. She's had to go back to work and her life seems to be upside side. And then it gets even worse....

Taking her daughter to the beach, she is attacked by a young man with a knife. She is injured herself, but in trying to protect her baby, she pulls out a rat tail comb. The young man seems to be out of it, and he trips and falls against her .. and her comb.

And when the schoolboy dies from his injuries, life really gets strange. When an a
Zoe Mann
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It takes someone to kill a schoolboy, doesn't it?" Her gran was quiet. "I think that's why Leo hates me so much, he can see that darkness. It disgusts him."

'No Turning Back' by Tracy Buchanan is my first 5 star read of 2018 and Wow, was it worth the wait! It was EVERYTHING I love in a psychological thriller; Terrifying, fast paced, thought provoking, twisted and utterly jaw to the floor gob smacking.

Anna Graves is a successful radio host who has recently split with her husband but she still le
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I really enjoyed No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan. I was drawn into the life of Anna and was riveted watching her whole existence crashing and burning around her. There were so many loose ends that just kept unraveling as I read. I loved the relationship with her daughter and her grandmother. I felt for her with the hostility of her own brother and mother. Each page held a new struggle for Anna. When she only meant to protect herself, she opened a chain reaction that led to so many painful enco ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A taut, solicitous psychological thriller that asks some serious questions about life, relationships and our place in a complicated society.

Tracy Buchanan’s 2016 novel describes a moment in time – a single mother, Anna, defends herself and her child from an insane attack – and how the repercussions from that moment spiral out into her community and her legal status while the author asks questions about justice and fairness that provoke the reader to emotional considerations.

Perhaps most compelli
Dale Harcombe
When a disturbed teenager with a knife comes at her at the beach, fear prompts Anna’s actions. She only means to protect her baby daughter, Joni. But when the boy dies Anna, who is a radio presenter, finds her life spiralling out of control. At first the police appear to believe Anna’s version of events. That is until the autopsy comes back and reveals something unexpected. The evidence seems to connect to a number of past murder crimes, known as the Ophelia Killer that Anna’s father was investi ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: publisher-arc
Anna Graves is a new mother who has just returned to her job as a radio personality and has a hard time not worrying about her child safety especially while returning to work. Unfortunately for Anna the unthinkable does happen to her when out on a walk with her baby, approached by some young teen boys Anna fears for their safety and pulls out a weapon to have things escalate into the unthinkable, a young boy's death at Anna's hands.

The police believe Anna's story of self defense and let her go b
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a mother’s natural instinct to protect a child and when Anna Graves is out for a walk with her baby daughter, that instinct comes into play when she is suddenly attacked by a young schoolboy. But, when that schoolboy ends up dead Anna’s problems have only just begun. At the start of the read Anna is hailed by a heroine but as the story unfolds public opinion and the police’s opinion turns against her. This is a complexly plotted psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep ...more
Angela Marsons
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book. I was entranced from the very first page and couldn't put it down until I had all the answers. Tracy weaves a seamless tale while offering brilliant descriptions and raw emotions. The plot was both intricate and clever and had me barking up many trees before leading me to an unexpected, brilliant ending. I shall not forget this book in a hurry. ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
What an interesting premise for a book! Being a mother of four and grandmother of five I would most certainly try to protect any little one that I thought was in danger, with whatever I had available to me.

That is what happens to Anna Graves, a popular radio announcer in the coastal town of Ridgmont. She is just getting back to work from maternity leave and is walking her daughter Joni in her stroller along a familiar path. Anna has lived in this town her entire life and her father used to wor
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
*3.5 stars

This is my second book by Tracy Buchanan, the first being My Sister's Secret, and I would say that I would read any book by her. Even though I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other, I still really liked it. The story starts off with a bang with Anna walking along the beach with her baby when a young boy attacks them. Of course, Anna does what she can to protect themselves when she kills the boy. What follows are questions upon more questions. Did Anna do the right thing? What woul
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You really need to order your copy now. How far would you go to save your child? She only wanted to save her daughter. She didn't mean to kill anyone, did she? Radio presenter Anna Graves takes her daughter, Joni in her pushchair for a stroll on the beach. Teenagers headed towards her. Anna and Joni became trapped between them. One teenage boy pulled out a knife. Anna pulled out her comb. A scuffle breaks out as the boy swipes his knife at Anna. Horror filled Anna as the boy lost his footing and ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is murder forgivable if it is committed to save your child?

Radio presenter Anna Graves and her young daughter are on the beach when they are attacked by a crazed teenage boy,acting on parental instinct Anna strikes back,injuring the boy in a way that results in his death.At first the police believe she acted in self defence but when the autopsy results come back something shocking is revealed after which because of one shocking moment Anna's life starts to fall apart.As if a murder charge hangin
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So much implausibly after a promising start... it feels like the author hadn't planned an ending and randomly assigned someone to pin the murders on. By this point I was just feeling... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I'm not having any luck with thrillers lately.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book that I've read by Trace Buchanan. I believe I will be adding her to my favorite authors! This was a great book with a HUGE twist!

Recently separated from her husband, single mom and radio personality Anna is having a tough time adjusting to her new life. While walking her baby girl Joni along the beach one afternoon Anna is approached by a few teenagers. One particular teenager's behavior is bizarre. Feeling threatened, she does what any mother would do to protect her baby
Renita D'Silva
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling and unputdownable. A wonderful read with many twists.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Recently split from her husband, Anna Graves takes her daughter out for a normal walk on the beach. A confrontation with a crazed teen ends in Anna killing him to protect her child. Innocent until (media) proven guilty, she mentally starts to lose it. A serial killer lain dormant for two decades, shows up again, taunting her. As more death piles up, the coincidences to her presence make her the prime suspect. Her friends, the police, even her family, start to question her. Her only ally? The bro ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Radio personality Anna Graves appears to have it all: a comfortable home, interesting work, a loving, but somewhat distant, husband and an adorable baby girl. Things go awry, though, when she and baby Joni are threatened by a schoolboy, while on a walk. Fearing for her daughter's safety, Anna attacks and kills the young man. She learns how quickly public (and family) opinions turn from praising her bravery to condemning her actions. Tautly-paced, this is an excellent thriller! -- Louisa A. ...more
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