#BookBeginnings One Step Too Far #Mystery

Let’s take a look at the brand new mystery One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



One Step Too Far* by Lisa Gardner

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Summary:  Frankie Elkin is a regular woman with one superpower:  she can find people who are missing. In this case, she joins a party looking for a young man who disappeared in the wilderness five years before. They are going to hike deep into the forest to one spot that has never been searched because it so remote. A novice to hiking and camping, Frankie has to be careful or she might just be the one who ends up missing .

Note:  Before She Disappeared is the first in this series (previous post).

First Sentence:

The first three men came stumbling into town shortly after ten A.M., babbling of dark shapes and eerie screams and their missing buddy Scott and their other buddy Tim, who set out from their campsite before dawn to get help.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


“Your idea of self-defense in an urban environment is a whistle? Are you trying to die?”


The first part, which happened five years prior, was in past tense. This part, with Frankie as the narrator, is in present tense.

I follow Lisa Gardner on Instagram and she spends a lot of time hiking. Her first hand experience gives a strong sense of reality to the story.

What do you think? Do you like books written in the present tense? Are you a fan of Lisa Gardner?


  1. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    Off to a good start. Hope you continue to enjoy it. My Friday quotes

    • Roberta

      Thank you. It is getting pretty intense.

  2. Mark

    I’ve heard of this author, but I haven’t read any of her books. The beginning got me interested.

    I find present tense hard until my brain rewires itself, then I’m fine with it. Which is a good thing since I’ve read several series I’ve enjoyed written in present tense.

    • Roberta

      It does take a little getting used to, but I have been seeing it used more often, too.

  3. Literary Feline

    I have been hearing a lot about One Step Too Far lately–all of it good so far. I admit my self-defense for an urban environment isn’t much different than what’s in the 2nd excerpt you shared. My whistle and my purse which packs a mighty punch. Feet and arms and teeth work well too if necessary.

    I don’t mind books written in present tense. It might throw me a little in the beginning, but if the story and characters pull me in, I stop noticing pretty quickly.

    I hope you have a great week!

    • Roberta

      I really like the main character, Frankie Elkin.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love this author, and this book is on my list!

    • Roberta

      I have to admit I pre-ordered because I liked the first one.

  5. Cindy Davis

    I do like books set in the present tense and I have not read anything by her in years! Have a great weekend! https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/01/first-line-friday-36-being-untwisted.html

  6. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews

    I haven’t read this author in years, but this sounds so good. I don’t mind present tense at all.

    Have a great week!

  7. Lauren @ Always Me

    I’ve never read anything by her, but that’s cool she’s active on instagram like that.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I’m definitely intrigued!!! Happy weekend!

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