No Way Out by Fern Michaels
No Way Out by Fern Michaels has Ellie Bowman isolating herself in Hibbing, Missouri after waking up in the hospital and not remembering how she ended up there. She lives on a street with friendly neighbors who, after two years, have accepted that she does not leave the house. Ellie gets to know Jackson Haywood, a kind eight-year-old, who loves to play with her dog, Buddy. From her perch in her attic workroom, Ellie can see what happens on the mostly quiet street. One day Ellie receives a call from her friend, Kara letting her know that Ellie’s ex-boyfriend, Rick has resurfaced. Ellie begins to have nightmares. She realizes that hidden within the bad dreams are real memories. She begins to piece together the clues of what happened the night she lost her memory. Ellie has been hiding in fear for two years and realizes that the only way she can reclaim her life is to face what happened that fateful night.
No Way Out by Fern Michaels is not what I expected. I was looking forward to a riveting, suspenseful story. Unfortunately, No Way Out is not that type of book. It is reminiscent of a light cozy mystery or a women’s fiction story. This book lacks the suspense and action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Ellie moves to the small town of Hibbing, Missouri on a quiet street where there are a variety of residents. We get to meet the various residents as the book progresses. I liked the residents of the lane with their various quirks. Colleen Haywood lives with her husband, Mitchel as well as her eight-year-old son, Jackson. Mitchel drinks too much and becomes abusive. Colleen, Mitchel, and Jackson seem to take up more of the book than Ellie. I liked how we get to see the neighbors helping each other. They are supportive, kind, and accepting. They never picked on Ellie or criticized her for not leaving her home. They accepted her for who she was which I thought was wonderful. I found the ending to be anticlimactic as well as too quick and smooth. There is an epilogue, but it felt incomplete. My favorite phrase from No Way Out is, “Even when you think there is no way out, if you try hard enough, you can usually find a way.” If you are looking for a light book to read by the pool or at the beach, then No Way Out is just the ticket.
No Way Out if available from Amazon* along with other major booksellers. Fern Michaels has Hidden publishing on August 24. It is the first A Lost and Found Novel. Santa Cruise releases on September 28. You can find Fern Michaels other novels here. Thank you for joining me today and reading my review. Next time I am featuring Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter. I hope that you have a calming day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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