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No Way out Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 2004

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Andrea Kane is the author of ten psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romances. With a worldwide following and novels translated into more than twenty languages, she lives in New Jersey with her family. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
No Way! 27 Nov. 2010
By Shelley D. Edwards - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read several of Andrea Kane's books and have enjoyed them overall, although I've had some problems with each of them. I finally figured out that the same problems occur in each book. A) the characters, B) the dialogue, C) the repetition of emotions and thoughts of the characters, and D) the length of the books--they're too long and drawn out due to the repetition of the emotions and thoughts of the characters.

In NO WAY OUT, a very affluent and powerful family, the Stratford's, are caught in a blackmail situation that threatens the oldest son's campaign for a New York Senate seat and quickly escalates to threaten the safety of his wife and young son.

Younger brother, Conner, steps in to yet again bail his big brother out of trouble and hide the blackmail from their imposing father. Conner loves his brother and will do everything he can to protect him, but his main concern is his nephew, Brian, and the emotional pain he's feeling due to the stress the blackmail is having on his parents and his home life.

Julia Talbot is Brian's second grade teacher, and an advocate for children's emotional wellbeing. She sees a change in Brian, who is described as 'exuberant', but comes across as a hyperactive and over-indulged kid. Still, he's a kid and I find him easy to care about.

Julia and Conner butt heads, even through the electric sexual awareness between them, over Brian's wellbeing. Julia wants to know what the root of the problem with Brian is while Conner fights to keep that root buried and protect his family.

The overall plot isn't bad, but there are a lot of distractions laced into the plot. There are also a lot of deep, meaningful looks, tender kisses, and declarations of exquisite love that grow old. And repetitive.

There is no huge, climatic scene. The ending is drawn out for over fifty pages and it felt like it took me forever to get through it.

I have two more of Ms. Kane's books to read. They will be the last two unless her overall game plan changes.

Shelley Dawn, author of Sweet, Sweet Jessie and Dark Nights
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Drawn out and predictable 7 May 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Concerned teacher Julia Talbot wants to know why her student Brian Stratford is pre-occupied and no longer his exuberant self. Brian is the son of the upstate NY town's mayor, Steven Stratford. When her inquiries with the Mayor fall on deaf ears, she continues to probe to find out what could be the cause. Enter Brian's uncle, Connor, a Manhattan venture capitalist who's used to cleaning up the messes caused by his older brother. Upon meeting Julia, Connor decides to seduce her to keep her from interfering when Steven's gambling addiction gets the family into hot water, and Julia only becomes more inquisitive. When Brian vanishes, Connor's game plan changes to finding the young boy and holding onto the woman he's wooed under false pretenses.

An early effort by Kane, her writing style has only gotten better, and her suspense, tighter. "No Way Out" suffers from far too much attention to detail and a long and drawn out plot that could've been at trimmed least 100 pages and still retained the plot. Better to skip this one and check out some of her later novels like her vastly superior "I'll Be Watching You."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
fun to read 30 Oct. 2002
By S. Gould - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read 'No Way Out' in one night. Is it great literature? Absolutely not. Did I enjoy it? I have to admit that I did.
Julia Talbot is a teacher who tries to help her young student, Brian Stratford. Her attempts to help bring her into the lives of Brian and his politically connected family. Of course, there are people who do not want Julia to meddle into their affairs. She soon finds that her life is at risk as she searches for the answers to Brian's problems. Her heart is also at risk when she allows Brian's uncle, Connor Stratford, to join her.
The likeable characters and light mystery make this fun to read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on
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Julia Talbot is a well respected teacher in the fictitious Westchester County, New York town of Leaf Brook. She just happens to have Mayor Stratford's 7-year-old son Brian as her pupil and she just happens to be especially fond of Brian.
Mayor Stratford is not without his share of challenges. A compulsive gambler with a cruel, highly powerful father and a loving younger brother named Connor who bails him out of every jam he has ever been in, the mayor is indeed an appealing and believable character. Shady business dealings and questionable characters all are a part of this story; the mayor's own weaknesses or "hubris" come to the forefront nicely.
Julia Talbot is really the star of this story. When Brian is kidnapped and the mayor is blackmailed, Connor Stratford begins dating her ostensibly to keep her from prying into the Stratfords' lives. Her interest in Brian does put her in a political high risk category.
Villians change faces and players assume different positions in this highly compelling story. The characters are all richly drawn and are quite credible, even the ending which makes for a "sweet" story indeed.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Still trying to figure out... 14 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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Where the romance and suspense were in this "romantic suspense". It took me over a week to read this book. The problems that happened in the plot were about as dangerous as a papercut. I just couldn't get involved with the characters. The mayor and brother of the hero (I use the term loosely) was an idiot, the heroine and hero weren't really in the book, I don't know why they fell in love because once they slept together, their relationship (if it could be called such) was nonexistent. The dialogue was like reading a soap opera. Bad guys are referred to as "goons", the word "shebang" was used, and I believe the one "bad guy" was a "slimeball" and "crook". The element of danger was never there for me, there was no romance, and the plot lacked everything. I'm very disappointed. I knew who the "bad guy" was from the start. The "climax" was over in about one paragraph. You knew they weren't going to get away with it, and the child had already been saved. As if you were ever in any doubt.
All in all, I had no idea what was going on half the time because the plot was so loose and I couldn't see because I was laughing so hard over the dialogue.
No Way Out? That's how I felt as I was reading. I skimmed the last few chapters. I didn't miss much. I've read other Andrea Kane...I'll keep reading, and hopefully find something better.
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