I’ve been a huge fan of Armstrong’s various series over the years – particularly the Cainsville and Otherworld books but the standalone stories are rarely as strong. Every Step She Takes is one of her better one-off stories although it does take a little while to get going.
Genevieve leads a simple life in Rome. She’s been there for ten years now and her Italian is pretty good. She has a great relationship with Marco and things have been ticking along nicely. But Gen has got some big secrets. One morning she returns to her little apartment with her grocery bags. As she puts her key in the lock the door swings open. Someone has been in there.
The only thing that is changed is that there is a box on the kitchen table. It has been posted from New York and is addressed to Lucy Callahan. Lucy hasn’t existed for the last ten years and there is no way that she could have been traced to this anonymous retreat in the bustling city of Rome. Her past has come back to haunt her and may well take Gen, and everyone she knows, under.
My biggest gripe with this story was the heroine herself. Genevieve is quite unlikeable for most of the book and downright stupid on more than one occasion. You just wanted to give her a shake and force her to cop on to herself! It makes it incredibly hard to have any empathy for what she is going through. If you can make it through the first half of the book the story does improve and it becomes a much better book.
UK Publication Date: June 30 2020. 346 Pages.
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