by Andrew Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As the title intimates, Andrew Gross’ latest thriller, No Way Back (William Morrow 2013) is about those bells we ring that can’t be unrung, those self-inflicted wounds that are so venomous, we feel them for the rest of our lives. The most we can hope for is to move on.
This story starts with a simple marital spat, an argument between two people who love each other deeply, but let emotion control them for just a day. Not much time, but in that period, Wendy Gould (the wife) almost sleeps with another man. Almost–she stops herself in time, but can’t get out of the hotel room before her potential paramour is murdered and she must kill a Federal agent to save her own life. She flees for home and confides in her husband–the bad and the ugly–but before they can tell her story to the police, he is killed and she must run for her life from a rogue federal agent.
To make it worse, Wendy is framed for her husband’s murder and that of the agent. She quickly determines her only salvation is to find out why the man she didn’t have an affair with was murdered and why it is so important she not tell what she saw.
This is a fast-paced race through one failed solution after another, as Wendy attempts to unravel clues and extricate herself before she is found by those chasing her. It is fascinating to see how ordinary people handle life-threatening situations. Though Wendy is an ex-cop, she is now a housewife of two adult children. Fighting armed killers and drug lords (part of the second plot line) is not in her daily domestic duties. Early in the book, I was annoyed by the overlapped plot lines. They jumped around in time without clear notice to the reader, but that resolved itself by the halfway mark and I never thought of it again.
For anyone who loves to read problem-solving thrillers, where a jumble of clues must be sorted by a deadline, you will love this book. And, you’ll want to go back and pick up his other novels, also. Every one of them is as good as this one.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.