Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Book ~ "No Way Back" (2013) Andrew Gross

From Goodreads ~ One woman is framed for a horrific crime and desperate to prove her innocence.

A chance meeting with a stranger in a hotel ends in a shocking murder. Wendy Gould is an average mom--and the only witness. Nanny Lauritzia Velez knows a shocking secret that could prove to be deadly. Both of their lives in danger, this unlikely pair must work together against a network of dangerous men who want nothing more than to see them dead.

A fast-paced, riveting tale with strong, compelling characters, No Way Back is an edge-of-your-seat read with nonstop action and a complex mystery.

Wendy and her husband, Dave, had a spat last night and are still not speaking.  She is meeting up with her friend, Pam, in a bar to have some drinks and to talk about it.  Pam is running late and Wendy starts chatting with Curtis, who is also at the bar.  Pam texts that she can't make it after all and Wendy ends up in Curtis' hotel room.  Before it goes too far, Wendy stops things and goes into the washroom to freshen up.  While she's in there, she sees a man come into Curtis' room and shoot him.  To save herself, Wendy shoots the guy and ends up on the run when she is blamed for the murders.

Lauritzia escaped from Mexico and is working as a nanny for a family she loves and who love her. She is going to school and has dreams of opening her own store one day.  But her dreams are shattered with a shooting in the mall and she knows the bullets were meant for her.  She wants to run to protect the family but they convince her to stay so they can help her.

Wendy and Lauritzia have to work together so they can both get their lives back.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style and it sucked me in right away.  It's action-packed and never slows down.  The chapters are short and snappy which I like.

While I liked Lauritzia, I didn't care much for Wendy.  Yes, I was cheering her on but I couldn't warm up to her for some reason.  She had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time that set off the chain of events.  Despite not liking one of the main characters, I really enjoyed the book which is a testament to the writing and story.  The bad guys are ruthless and cold.

The pieces start falling together at the end as to what's going on and I was happy with the ending for the most part.  Not to give anything away, I wasn't buying the possible love connection that was hinted at, though.  Really?  It had only been four months.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.


CMash said...

So glad you enjoyed this read. I have it on my TBR list and after reading your review, I can't wait to start turning the pages. Very nice post!! Thank you for sharing.

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband would like this one I think.