Nowhere To Go

Rated 3.86/5 based on 8 reviews
Eleven stories of murder, obsession, fear and--sometimes--redemption. Featuring stories published in Alfred Hitchcock's, Ellery Queen's and more. Iain's short fiction has been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, been voted into readers' top ten of the year, and been the basis for a novel shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger award. More

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Review by: Beth M on July 20, 2011 : (no rating)
Many of the stories seemed familiar as I read this book. Then I realized that this was a collection of Mr. Rowan's stories previously printed elsewhere. I had read several of them in those publications. He gives a rather dark view of human nature, but adds a few surprising flashes of courage and generosity. I enjoyed the book, but found I got a bit depressed if I read too much at once. His characterization is excellent and he has a knack for putting a twist in the ending that had me chuckling and shaking my head at times.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Wolf on July 16, 2011 :
Great collection of 11 short stories. Had a hard time putting it down, I kept trying to read faster to turn the next page. Some stories I could almost predict the ending, others were completely surprising. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys crime, drama, suspense, thriller, etc type of stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leona Attwater-Dunn on July 10, 2011 :
A good selection of short stories, which I have to admit would'nt usually appeal to me but I throughly enjoyed them, and would pick up another book by this author without hesitating. Each story picked up quickly and soon had me wanting to get to the end-to discover the conclusion. Easy reading and good to pick up when you have pockets of time to spare here and there and don't want to get into anything too heavy. would definitely recommend this read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mohitgoel on July 07, 2011 :
I won this e-book via the LibraryThing Members Giveaways.

This was my first time reading the author and I was pleasantly surprised at this collection of short stories. Although not a big fan of this genre, I was hooked on to the stories from the get go. The stories are fast paced and hold the reader's interest.

I will gladly pick more more work from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Booketta on July 07, 2011 :
I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways. Before I commence my review I will admit that in the past I have not been impressed with short stories. I have read some that were not well written and others where I have just got into the story as it ends - leaving the reader feeling shortchanged. To be fair to Iain Rowan he sets the scene quickly and the story has evolved well before it ends.
This is a collection of short crime stories. The title of the book Nowhere To Go is the central theme of each short story in the book. It is grim reading, focussing on the lower end of life. Stories about burglars, murderers, con artists, blackmailers, and junkies etc. They are well written and if you like this style of book, then it is well worth a read. It is not my cup of tea but I would not rule out reading other books by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: K. Wodke on June 27, 2011 :
Nowhere to Go is a collection of short stories that explore the dark side, specifically crime. The plots are engaging and the writing is very tight and professional. I enjoyed this book a great deal and found the author's style to be straightforward, descriptive enough to paint a picture, and well executed. I would highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cathy T. on June 22, 2011 :
This is a Reading Good Books review.

After enjoying the mystery/thriller genre again, thanks to Dominance: A Novel, I was looking forward to reading more. Shortly after, I received a free copy of this book.

Nowhere to Go is a collection of short stories from award-winning writer Iain Rowan about people with literally nowhere to go. They are stories about fate, consequence, and in some stories, the paranormal.

As with all collections and anthologies, there are hits and misses. Some, I liked and some I honestly did not understand. But most of them were pretty intense, edgy. The collection starts off with “One Step Closer”, a story about an ordinary man caught in amidst a bank robbery. The story is pretty straight forward but the way it is written is a thing of beauty. As I finished this bit, I stared off… just, wow-ed. A very promising sign. “The Chain” reminded me of Hollywood action films where someone is being blackmailed into doing a series of steps so that incriminating information and/or photos would not be leaked. Again, we know how that works but like with the first story, the ending is what gets you. “One of Us” is another one of those cycle-type of stories.

A sure stand out is “Moths”. It dealt a little with the paranormal. Perfect placement, too, being towards the end of the collection. After reading a couple of mystery stories, as everything starts to look the same, here is your jolt of second wind. It reminds me of old noir films, definitely the feel of one. Another one that I absolutely loved is the book’s namesake, “Nowhere to Go”, which is found at the end of the book. And like the former, it had the paranormal mixed in with the crime thriller aspect.

I also liked the stories about double-crossing. It was not in your face, but very subtle and actually very fun to read. In “Easy Job”, I did not guess what that was about until the very end. Every sentence was gripping and exciting. “Two Night’s Work” took me a while to get into. And even after I was done with it, I was not sure I totally got it. The same with “A Walk in the Park”.

“Chairman of the Bored” provided the best line of the whole book:

Generally, I just did them because I was fucking bored.

It was told via a recording of a man about to commit suicide but not because he was “fucking bored”.

The longest of all the stories was “The Remains of My Estate”. And I felt that it had the least to do with the others. Sure, it had crime as one of its main themes but it was more, I don’t know, serious, I guess? And I personally did not think that the hero has “nowhere to go”. The plot was brilliant, the story was well-written. But after almost ten stories of light and easy reads, this is kind of hard to settle into.

Overall, it was okay. I do not have much experience with short story collections so I am out of my comfort zone here. But the stories were mostly interesting and it certainly kept my attention for eleven different stories.

Rating: 3/5.

Recommendation: For those who like crime stories looking for a quick read, this one is for you. You are getting eleven choices, read whatever tickles your fancy. Also, if you like short stories in general, this has good variety.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tony Brennan on June 20, 2011 :
This is a selection of 11 crime stories collected together in this book by the author.Each individual story is well crafted and generate tension,twists and surprise for the reader.
They were very enjoyable and were a genuine page-turner.
The contents of the stories cover the ambit of crime fiction from fraud and conmen to robbery and murder and one cannot avoid been drawn into the characters portrayed by Iain Rowan.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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