Chronic panic attacks have stolen Livvy Fischer’s classically trained soprano voice and derailed her life. Due partly to a mix-up, partly to her crush on Pastor Lucas, Livvy joins a worship team bound for the chapel at San Quentin. But when a full-scale riot breaks out, she is separated from Lucas and the rest of her group. Survival becomes this songbird’s sole focus.
Snatched from the chapel by an inmate, Livvy doesn’t know who to trust. Tobin says he’s protecting her, but she’s been blindsided before. She struggles to put her trust in God, while all too aware that free will can wreak horrible consequences. Tobin wants her to hide and ride out the prison storm, but Livvy becomes the obsession of another inmate who is a serial killer. Will God protect her? Will Tobin?
It’s one thing if Tobin is turning his life around behind bars. It’s quite another to fall for him.
No Turning Back by Katie Vorreiter, narrated by Christa DelSorbo, is intriguing and suspenseful. The author’s mastery of writing and the narrator’s voice-over gift captivated me the entire time. I listened to the story unfold via the audio version and could not turn it off.
The story begins with Livvy, a gifted opera singer who can no longer sing. Although the desire to sing exists, a former trauma coupled with fear causes a lack of confidence that holds her back. Lucas, a pastor, encourages Livvy to join him and other church members to sing at San Quentin prison. Reluctantly, she agrees. Shortly after arrival, a prison riot breaks out, separating Livvy from the church group. With the help of Tobin, an inmate turned Christian, Livvy fights to stay alive after catching the interest of a serial killer.
Perhaps, I watch too many crime shows, but I could seriously imagine this scenario playing out in real life. The story and the characters felt very realistic.
Amid the suspense, the author did a fantastic job weaving in the themes of sin, trust, forgiveness, and God’s strength. You will even find a bit of unexpected romance blossom.
If you are interested in heart-pounding suspense filled with lots of twists and turns, then I highly recommend No Turning Back. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for sharing my thoughts. I am disclosing this per the FTC regulations.
About the Author
Writing for the wireless and caffeinated, award-winning author Katie Vorreiter makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes suspense because she enjoys exploring what real people do in life-changing situations. Married, with two kids who are actually now young adults, she frequently talks aloud to her impossibly adorable cockapoo.
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