No Way Back by Matthew Klein

No Way Back by Matthew Klein

Jimmy thinks he knows about loss, about fear, about paranoia.

He should think again.

Every time Jimmy Thane has been faced with a crossroad, he’s taken the wrong path. But after years of drinking and womanising, he has been given one last chance to save both his career and his marriage – he has seven weeks to transform a failing company.

From the moment he enters the building there’s something wrong – the place is too quiet, too empty. When the police come calling about the disappearance of the former CEO, Jimmy starts to wonder what he’s got himself into. Then he discovers surveillance equipment in his neighbour’s house, looking straight into his front room. And his wife isn’t just tired, she’s terrified and trying to hide it.

Nothing is at it seems. Jimmy’s not living his dream – he’s been plunged into the worst kind of nightmare. And when the truth comes out, it’s more terrifying than he could ever imagine…

No Way Back by Matthew Klein is one of those books you’ll either love or hate! Jimmy Thane is one of those characters you’ll love getting to know or feel exasperation at every turn.

A curious book, No Way Back was a frustrating and uncomfortable read in so much as it had me on edge from beginning to end. Jimmy is an alcoholic, a drug addict, a sex addict and with every turn of the page I was just waiting for him to explode, to make a wrong decision and continue down the wrong path despite his strive for redemption and the help of his best friend. I could feel the pressure building with ever turn of the page and as the book matured my likeness for Jimmy diminished. He’s not a likeable character – at all. He has nothing going for him. In fact I’d go so far as saying that if he could watch you reading the book, Jimmy couldn’t care less!

But taking all this into account – and this is where Matthew Klein has been clever – this book is a real page turner. I hadn’t expected it to be. Despite thinking the protagonist was just asking for trouble I still wanted to read on, watch the car crash as I drove past, feast in its despair and helplessness. The narrative certainly helps. It’s fast, fluent and intelligently crafted and the pace is solid throughout.

The structure is also solid; a good foundation sucks you in and despite what I’ve said above you can’t help but continue reading! It’s like watching a scary horror film in the cinema, you know with the music changing to an eerie tune that someone’s going to get it, you watch with your hands poised over your eyes ready to jump. You know it’s coming but you still read on!

One of the most entertaining features about this book for me is that you could take no one at face value. You never really know who’s who and if they are who they appear to be and who they present themselves to be. A complex web is weaved and with a solid ending the book ends with a satisfying conclusion – an ending that made we want to read more!

I’m not going to spoil the ending, I’ll let you discover that for yourself but with a book that has no endearing characters, it allows for an interesting reading experience. I really enjoyed it, despite it being an uncomfortable read, I won’t forget this book in a hurry that’s for sure! I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. Twists and turns galore and a few surprises thrown in for good measure, what side are you on?! Love or Hate?!

No Way Back is available to buy in Trade Paperback and Kindle Formats.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857898582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857898586
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1 Response » to “No Way Back by Matthew Klein – Book Review”

  1. dot says:

    I really like the sound of this one, thanks for the review!

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