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Review: Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen

When Tessa’s youngest daughter, Emma, is attacked on her way home from a party, the family are plunged into a living nightmare, which is only made worse when the man responsible is allowed to walk free. So when Tessa then sees the attacker in the street, not far from their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to keep her children safe, she may end up putting her family in far greater danger. There’s nothing Tessa wouldn’t do to keep her children safe, and to make things right, but what if she fails?

I had seen so many positive reviews for Stop At Nothing, and for the author, Tammy Cohen herself. Having not read any of her work, I decided to take the opportunity when I saw that Stop At Nothing was available to request on NetGalley. But if I’m honest, I was completely let down.

The story itself was extremely predictable. I saw the twist at the end coming from right near the start of the book, which made me lose interest straight away. I felt that it was dragged out way too much, and if it had been condensed down a little, it could have been a much better read. During the parts that I felt were dragging, I got a little bored, and uninterested, and I found that I was wishing for it to speed up a bit.

Tessa as the main protagonist was awful. She was not even slightly relatable because she was way too dramatic and unrealistic. As a mother myself, I appreciate that the need to protect your child comes above all, but a lot of Tessa’s actions throughout the story were completely over the top, and would never happen in reality. She was also extremely annoying, to the point where I wanted to grab her, shake her, and tell her to sort herself out!

I do feel that Emma was portrayed extremely well. The teenager who holds in her pain, and won’t talk to anyone about how she’s feeling, no matter how much it hurts. That is very realistic for teenage behaviour when dealing with something so awful, as much as we all wish it wasn’t.

There were parts to this story that I did enjoy reading, and the first few chapters in particular were actually very good. But I just couldn’t engross myself in this book as much as I was expecting to, which is a shame. I would still recommend giving the book a read, because not everyone will feel the same as I did, which is reflected in the amount of positive reviews it has. Stop At Nothing just wasn’t for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for my copy, in exchange for an honest review.

I give Stop At Nothing a 2/5 rating.

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