Wendy is mad with her husband and lets a lapse of judgement ruin her whole life. While drowning her "sorrows" at a bar she meets Curtis, who she is immediately attracted to. Against her "logical" mind she lets her libido take over and agrees to go with him to his hotel room. Once there she has second thoughts and tells Curtis she changed her mind. Curtis takes it ok and she goes into his bathroom to freshen up. While there she witnesses a terrible crime and is told by the bad guy "you don't realize what you stumbled into."
Wendy flees and is being chased by some very powerful government people and she is "blamed" for three murders that she didn't commit. The bad guys will stop at nothing to make sure she is dead. The author also weaves in an ambush in Mexico involving government agents and some college kids who are killed by the ambushers. That and a Connecticut nanny (Lauritzia) who is discovered by a very powerful Mexican drug cartel that is also looking for her father. She barely escapes assassination and tries to go into hiding.
While Wendy is on the run these stories will converge and Wendy will need to find out answers as to how all the events are connected if she has any hope of staying alive. This book is another excellent read from Gross , who is good at drawing the reader in with a lot of tension filled chases and mystery that the reader keeps on guessing at.
As good as this book is, it falls short of his last book (15 Seconds) which followed a similar type of storytelling and had a lot of plot similarities. This prevents me from giving this book the full five stars but it is a strong four.
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Wendy Gould is an attractive, happy suburban mom, and an experienced ex-cop. A chance meeting with a stranger in a hotel ends when the man is murdered and she's the only witness, forcing her to run from rogue federal agents determined to keep her silent, even if it means killing her. Things only get worse when the authorities—the wrong ones—find their way to her door, giving her no recourse but to flee from her only safe haven.
Lauritzia Velez, meanwhile, is a devoted nanny. She's also a woman with a deadly secret that has driven her into hiding until she can prove her innocence.
Scared and alone, these two women with nothing in common will eventually join forces and embark on a dangerous odyssey to find the truth and save their lives. It's a desperate hunt that leads them into a nefarious web of treachery, lies, and corruption involving drug lords, arms dealers, and shadowy figures in the highest echelons of government.
A breathtaking tale featuring two strong, sympathetic women who must rely on each other to take down powerful, lethal forces, No Way Back is a riveting tale full of twists and thrilling surprises from the bestselling author who is "coming up on the rails behind Harlan Coben and Lee Child" (Evening Standard, U.K.).