5 out of 5 Stars
Tom Reed has spent most of his life reporting on crime. On the day he plans to quit his job as a San Francisco journalist, he’s thrust in the middle of the story of a lifetime—a jewelry store robbery with a hostage taken. One more case shouldn’t be a problem, until Tom realizes that the hostage is his wife. Instead of reporting on the story, Tom finds himself as a one-man investigative team, fighting for his wife’s life.
After killing their getaway man and a police officer, the thieves start on a cross-country journey with their hostage, trying to throw police off their game so they can get to their delivery point and get out of the country. But hostage Ann Reed isn’t giving up so easily. While she fights for her life directly against her captors, her husband continues to put the pieces together to try to save her. Tom will do anything to get his wife back, including trading his own life for hers.
No Way Back is the kind of suspense thriller that draws you in immediately and doesn’t let go. The action is non-stop, and you can feel the characters’ emotions—everything from despair to joy and elation. I was completely enthralled in this story from beginning to end, and when the breaks in the case began coming in and all the pieces of the puzzle were put together, I couldn’t put the book down. I was riveted right up until the last word.
Having previously read another of Mr. Mofina’s stories, Cold Fear, I was unsure of what to expect from this book. Like Cold Fear, we meet a lot of different players in No Way Back, and each is given a fair amount of backstory. Unlike Cold Fear, I didn’t feel that there were too many people being introduced in this story. Perhaps that was because I was already familiar with two of the main players, Tom Reed and Walt Sydowski, from Cold Fear (I hadn’t realized at first that these books were part of a series, but each can be read as a standalone), or perhaps the author did a better job of making the characters important this time. I didn’t feel as overwhelmed with information while reading No Way Back, and the characters who had a lot of details provided seemed to be more present in the story.
The fast-paced plot kept me on my toes trying to figure out who the thieves/murderers/hostage-takers were right along with Tom and Walt. I loved watching Tom try to take matters into his own hands, willing to give up anything to get his wife back. He also used his investigative skills and his connections with other reporters to gain information.
There were a few minor editing mistakes in the book, but nothing that detracted from the reading experience.
Overall, this story sucked me in and didn’t let go. After reading one book by this author that was just okay (Cold Fear, review can be found here) and this one, I would definitely read more by this author.