No Going Back Book Review

No Going Back Book Review

Title: No Going Back
Author: Casey Kelleher
Published: April 29, 2021, Bookouture
No. of Pages: 313
Cover Price: $4.99 Kindle

No Going Back is the third installment of the Lucy Murphy series by Casey Kelleher. Shelby Cooke, whose dad is the powerful gangster, Pete Baker, is pregnant, and against her father’s better judgment, marries Ashley Cooke, a total loser who drinks, gambles, and does drugs. While Shelby is pregnant, he also cheats on her. Ashley borrows £20k from loan sharks and loses it on the horses. When the loan sharks come to collect, Ashley doesn’t have the money, so they beat him up. They also have a man, Jay-Jay, who goes to Ashley’s home to scare his wife and threaten her, but she has been so frustrated and angry that Ashley hasn’t come home, that she decides to leave and walk to her parent’s house not far away. Jay-Jay attacks her, but she gets away and when she arrives at her parent’s home, her father is livid and takes the attack seriously. The trauma of the attack puts Shelby into labor and her mother takes her to the hospital where she has the baby; unfortunately, someone kidnaps the newborn and the fight becomes between the police and gangster.

While the storyline is fascinating and has ups and downs starting at the beginning of the book, Kelleher has some problems with grammar (especially in the prologue) and definitely needs to take some English classes. The errors are quite obvious, and are not because of the differences in American English and UK English. Because the characters are well-developed, however, and the story is compelling, readers will want to ignore the blatant grammatical errors and hope that between books, Kelleher takes a few classes to improve the delivery. She does do a good job of building suspense as the story unfolds, and the gangster influence is enticing.

Lucy Murphy is a great detective, and most readers (who don’t care about grammar or syntax) will likely want to read the previous novels as well as this one.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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