After the death of her parents, Kathleen Turner leaves small town life for Indianapolis to pursue her dreams the best she can. Young and alone in the world, she works as a lowly Runner at the prestigious law firm of Gage, Kirk and Trent and bartends at night to make ends meet. Her ignominious introduction to Blane Kirk, partner in the firm and local playboy, has her diving under desks to avoid him. Unfortunately, when her friend is murdered and attempts are made on her own life she doesn’t know where to turn – except to Blane. Kathleen’s journey begins in the halls of justice where she finds not everyone is as they seem and what you don’t know can get you killed. Though a far cry from her Midwestern upbringing, she poses as a prostitute in the intriguing circles of high-priced escort services in a reckless bid to uncover the murderer. Little does she know that the murder of her friend was only a small part in a high-tech plan to rig an online election. She must race against the clock in a desperate ploy to sabotage the scheme in a dangerous game of political espionage. In No Turning Back, Kathleen struggles to bring a killer to justice, even if it may be the man with whom she’s falling in love.
Review: I’m glad I didn’t know that this was written in first person before I started reading it, otherwise I might never had read this entertaining, well-written and witty book! I usually stay far away from first person, but I think I’ll be watching for more from the Kathleen Turner series!
Kathleen is an undervalued, underpaid and overworked 23 year old. She works a full time job at a lawyer’s office as a runner then supplements her income bartending at night.
The story opens with humor right away, with Kathleen tripping and landing face first into her boss’s lap, during a meeting! She successfully avoids him for quite some time after that, that is, until her neighbor across the hall is murdered and Kathleen is the unlucky one to find the body.
The story is a constant thrill ride…when you aren’t laughing that is! Kathleen’s boss is an ultra handsome, golden boy that takes her on as a client when Kathleen finds the body of her neighbor, and things never are the same.
With lawyers, goons, politics, technology, murder, intrigue and strong physical attractions, No Turning Back is hard to put down. There are twist and turns and Kathleen isn’t sure who to trust, including her handsome boss Blane!
I had a little trouble with the fact that Kathleen sees herself as nothing special, and the story seems to go along with that fact, but suddenly, after two years of not even having a date, she has the attention of her boss, the son of another of the partners in the law firm, a very handsome and mysterious man named Kade, not too mention a couple of others. Even the male bartender she works with doesn’t seem to notice her until she dresses as Brittany Spears for Halloween…so, either she is beautiful or she isn’t. She has a couple of ‘escorts’ trying to talk her into the business because men will go crazy for her. So, is she beautiful or just built? I don’t think the story flows well with the respect to Kathleen’s appearance; the inconsistency is too much to overlook.
One other thing that doesn’t seem to be answered is about Kathleen’s new neighbor. What her exact role in the story was is perplexing. Was it by chance she moved in or was it planned?
All of that being said, this book is well worth the time to read it! The ‘issues’ I had with this book are miniscule compared to the entertainment value of the story!