Step Up or Die featured in Dee-Cee's book blog

   It's All About The Books - 7 August 2017

Step Up Or Die by Gaynor Torrance


About the book

Meghan Dawson was one lucky lady. Born to a privileged family it seemed a natural progression when she married a multi-millionaire. But Meghan’s luck runs out when, in the midst of a maelstrom of political turbulence and shocking social carnage, her father, a US senator, is gunned down in New York and she inadvertently stumbles across the identity of his assassin.

Without warning, Meghan finds herself embroiled in a web of political intrigue and cybercrime, where the deception runs deep and crosses continents. Oblivious to the full extent of the danger, and unable to know who to trust, Meghan takes her young son and goes on the run. From New York to Toronto and on to London, they are pursued by a ruthless killer who knows Meghan better than she knows herself.

Suddenly, every decision she makes has a life or death implication. And as the body count rises rapidly, Meghan plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse which sees her options narrow until she is forced to either STEP UP OR DIE.


My thoughts

I’d had Step Up Or Die on my kindle for a little while and due to unforeseen circumstances I didn’t get round to reading it as soon as I would have liked, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.

The story starts at a fast pace with a number of catastrophic events taking place globally. I seemed to whizz through these chapters, practically holding my breath at some points at the monstrosities that were occurring. We’re talking cybercrime, murder and espionage that quite literally have your eyes popping out.

The story then focuses on Meghan Dawson, daughter of US senator, Chuck Fellowes and wife to multi millionaire Russell Dawson. I’ll be completely honest here and say I did not like Meghan one little bit to start with. She came across as a spoilt little brat and I felt myself wanting to reach in and give her a slap or a good shake. Then as the story unfolds you get to see there’s more to Meghan’s character and I really found myself urging her on and hoping for the best.

I’m not going to go into detail about the plot but I will say it keeps you on the edge of your seat, it’s fast paced with lots of twists and turns. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller with it’s uniqueness. It was like a jigsaw puzzle, you have all the pieces in front of you that you slowly manage to fit together and at the end you feel satisfied all the pieces are now in place.

I’ll definitely be recommending Step Up or Die.

*My thanks go to the author for the copy, this is my unbiased review*

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