Wendy made a bad decision. Blame the booze . An indiscretion. Then she witnesses a murder, and she knows she's next. She manages to shoot her killer with a gun he left on the bed, to frame the man he murdered. She manages to escape, but his partner sees her. To make matters worse she left her purse with her ID and other personal information. The killer and his partner are Federal agents. Now she is on the run. She's been framed for murder. This is an extraordinary, extremely fast paced thriller. Twists and turns to the last page. Enjoyed immensely!
Andrew Gross is a very talented writer, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough..... until the last 1/4th of the book. This is the third book of his I've read and Gross appears to have a hard time in writing the end of an otherwise very good book. The same happened in The Saboteur, but the writing was so good for most of the book I opted to read The One Man. That book was good thru and thru so I was hopeful No Way Back would have a good ending.... but it doesn't. I should have known that his earlier books like No Way Back would probably not be as good as his last book (The One Man). Nonetheless it's a quick read but don't get your hopes up for a good finish.
This is the first works I've read from Andrew Gross. As I said, he sure doesn't need James Patterson! I think it's the other way around! Patterson seems to need a co-author. Mr Gross, not so much! I look forward to reading more of his. I was somewhat put off when she started listing her many assets, in the beginning, like everyone had those! " But they still could use the money"! So matter of fact! Like they deserved it, and expected it! Y et, here she is, in a strange man's room! Hard to sympathize with her!
The story works fairly well after the middle, but I continued from the awful beginning only to see how bad it could get. First: the Spanish inserted into text and dialogue is absolutely atrocious. Page one(Kindle): Aguazula (it would have to be Aguazul, "agua" is masculine); page two: "Escuela Automonous de..." (try Autonoma, if you want Spanish). Within a minute: "Govermentales" (French, not Spanish). Words later: "Dos persones" (personas). Later, we get Italian. "Zetas" are supposedly known by insiders as the Zs, though "zeta" is no more than the Spanish word and pronunciation for the letter z. The second off-putter comes with the early parts about Wendy and some others: there are more question and exclamation marks per square inch than most soap operas or boddice busters: is the reader an idiot? Does he or she not understand what was written just before? Must it be explained forwards, backwards, and upside down? Oh, the anxiety! Or could it be something else? Can someone explain this to me? I only wish I knew! That sort of stuff. It struck me that the author either didn't know where he was going and was filling space, or he was trying, ineptly, to develop characters and South-of-the-border atmosphere before getting on with it. The story after that was entertaining, but it still smacks of volume pulp fiction.
Andrew Gross is quickly becoming part of my Mount Rushmore of authors. I find myself getting excited very easily when I see he has a book coming out. My only complaint at this point is wishing he would churn out more than one a year. This book had me from the very beginning. I loved how there were 2 main characters that you knew would intersect at some point and it was fun to try to figure out how everything would come together. As with most of his books, I found myself trying to put myself in the place of the central characters & wondering "what would I have done?" Each time Mr. Gross comes out with a book, I keep thinking there is no way he'll top the last one but every time he seems to. If you've never read a book by Andrew Gross, you are certainly missing out.
Mr. Gross writes books that you read once, lay them down for 3 months and read again! Pure enjoyment! His latest was/is a favorite! Wendy Gould stands up and fights back!! Reviewing often takes some of the surprises out of the actual reading. Buy this book! Then buy 6 more copies for your friends! Mr. Gross's style far surpasses Mr. Patterson's ...who he once wrote with in times past! At 74 years young, reading 2 books a week (except "these books -that I savor like good chocolate", I do know good writing and this is it! Keep up the good work!
I am not even sure if I rate this book as 2-star or should it to 1-star, The stories were weak, disjointed and boring. The write was even worse. I know Gross can write better. I wonder if some high school student just learning grammar wrote this book. Short choppy sentences, dangling what's its, a language that might impress a 6th grader. This book was a waste of time and money.
As to Wendy, I was waiting for her to get killed off by Lauritzia. That would have been and ideal ending.
This was the September Book Club read selected for my group. The story grabs you from the beginning and carries you all the way to the end. One moment of weakness changes a life forever, but also brings about the uncovering of several murders. In the end she will have to forgive herself for that one wrong decision and move forward. Well written - will read more by this author.