No Way Back

I have just finished he new thriller by Matthew Klein, No Way Back (Corvus). It is, rather satisfyingly, just as it says on the cover: “Completely unputdownable”.

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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.

This is one of the cleverest, most original thrillers I’ve read in an age. I started to have an inkling of what might be up about three-quarters of the way through but that certainly didn’t spoil the dénouement, it just increased the tension and anxiety, and the edge of horror lining them. There are several rather bloodthirsty and gory moments but they were not sustained, and the story warranted them so I just skipped to the next sentence. I am not a great fan of bloodthirsty/gory but a touch can be essential in racheting up the story. Can’t wait to read Klein’s next book…

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