A woman pushed to the breaking point by a stalker develops an obsession of her own in this shocking new novel of psychological suspense from the acclaimed author of The Perfect Son.

Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker. Frightening "gifts" are left on her doorstep, her home is broken in to, and when she leaves her house to take her children to school, he’s waiting. She feels powerless, and the police are unable to help.

Then her stalker is brought into the emergency room after a terrible accident, and Jenna has to treat the man who’s been tormenting her for months. With her stalker in a coma, Jenna is desperate to understand the life of this seemingly normal man. When she finds startling images on his phone, she is consumed by her need for answers--and her own obsession leads her down a twisting path of destruction.

Just how far is Jenna willing to go to take back control of her life?
Praise for One Step Behind
“The lives of two troubled women intertwine in this unsettling psychological thriller….A nice see-sawing of emotions and motives will keep most readers guessing to the end. North remains a writer to watch.”—Publishers Weekly
A great psychological thriller with twists and turns that keep the reader engaged to the very end.”—Red Carpet Crash
Praise for The Perfect Son

"[A] perfect summer thriller.... The author's ability to create a sense of escalating unease is one of her most notable achievements.... The twist in The Perfect Son is a big one."--The Columbus Dispatch

"[An] emotionally harrowing debut...an intimate, unbalancing mix of grief, paranoia, gaslighting, maternal protectiveness, and profound compassion."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Taking a page from The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, The Perfect Son is a perfect psychological thriller...this tour de force novel is shocking."--Fresh Fiction

"A powerful, unpredictable debut thriller about a mother's attempt to reassemble her life from the shards of tragedy. Lauren North's skillful narrative casts everyone as a suspect and keeps the reader guessing until the final emotion-packed pages."--David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of The Request

"A fast-paced psychological thriller."--Book Riot

"A heartrending evocation of grief that packs a devious punch. It left me reeling."--Lesley Kara, international bestselling author of The Rumor