I’m a huge Tammy Cohen fan so it’s a real thrill for me to be on her blog tour today for Stop at Nothing. Huge thank you to Anne Cater for my blog tour invitation.
About this book…
One of the scariest things about this book was the authors note at the end when she explained about her inspiration for this book-you will understand why when you read it! But what happens to Emma is every parents worst nightmare and Tammy Cohen does a fabulous job of exploring the choice of direction that Tess took following the attack on Emma.
To be honest, I didn’t particularly like Tess that much and can’t say I really understood the way that she acted but that’s probably due to her doing the polar opposite of what I would do in her situation. Although this storyline did make me think about whether you can really predict how you are going to react to a particular situation until you’re physically put in that situation yourself! Tess wasn’t having the best of time in her personal life even before what happened with Emma. She had discovered her husbands affair and was living with the consequences of that. Plus she was going through the menopause and I know from personal experience that this can cause major emotional issues and problems for many women. She was no longer at the top of her profession in a job she enjoyed and when she did get some work, things had moved on so quickly within her field that she struggled to adapt. But this still didn’t really excuse her over the top reaction to trying to persecute her daughters alleged attacker!
Tammy Cohen has written a gripping and scarily relevant book. The way she vividly portrays a menopausal woman on the edge was incredibly well handled and I’m thrilled that more women characters in fiction are being given a voice during such an unstable and often life changing period for them. The feeling of starting to slip away, becoming invisible to others (especially men!) is a very strange one and it’s quite possible that a reaction as extreme as the one Tess has could occur. I did become thoroughly engrossed in the plot details even though I was convinced that everything was not as it appeared and I was right!!
Stop at Nothing is another great read from this author who gives her readers a moral dilemma they can identify with and ask themselves the question “what would I do when faced with the same situation?” A mothers quest for justice is never going to be a straightforward one but I felt that Tammy Cohen gave Tess a great story to divide opinions but also to work through some very difficult emotions.
Definitely one to watch out for Tammy Cohen fans and will hopefully make her some new ones too!
Meet the author…
Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including:The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else’s Wedding.
Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad.
She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.