Title: No Way Back
Author: Chloe Adams
Series: Mia's Way #1
Date Published: October 27, 2012
Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.
The wealthy daughter of a high-ranking politician, seventeen year old Mia Abbott-Renou has everything: designer clothes, wealth, spring breaks in Monte Carlo. She lives blissfully unaware of her family’s secrets, until the night she is raped by the son of her father’s greatest political ally.
Her father forbids her from going to the police and threatens to throw her out if she does. It’s a critical election year, one that his party might lose, if the public sours on his doting father image when they realize his daughter is an underage lush and party girl. He can’t risk splintering the party in a nasty court battle that’s certain to draw way too much press, even if that means sacrificing his daughter.
Mia’s world is shattered twice, once by the men who hurt her, and once by the betrayal of her family. She does what her father says. But the rapists strike again and beat their next victim near death.
With the help of her best friend and a couple of unlikely allies, Mia must decide: does she risk losing everything to do what’s right? Or does she turn her back on the truth and preserve the family name?
What’s privileged girl to do, when her perfect little world isn't so perfect anymore?
If you expect this to be a love story, then you’re going to be sorely disappointed. No Way Back (Mia’s Way#1) is a girl’s journey and struggle as she faces challenges that life had slapped into her.
Mia is rich, she’s a daughter of a conservative politician. But this fact didn’t stop anyone in doing something unthinkable towards her. At a party that she was attending all by herself, she got drugged, raped and beaten. Good thing that Mia survived the incident and she can remember who the culprits are.
Here comes the big BUT.
She can’t testify. Her father would not let her. One of the culprits was a son of a political ally and according to his father he has a strong alibi. Instead of those people doing sentence because of what they did, she was the one doing community work for her fake ID while her aggressors were busy getting on with their lives and partying.
While Mia prefers to stay at the closet, goes to therapy and community cancer and suddenly faces something she thought wouldn’t happen to her. Her father seemed to made her believed that rape won’t have any consequences.
The only people who were there for her are her best friend Ari and some strangers who have found and brought her to the hospital after the incident. Her father, on the other hand, seemed to be pleased with what happened to her because it helped him with the polls and she was doing everything he wants. Her mother always promises her that she will go home – but never did. Her siblings? I’m ambivalent about the two of them. Her half-sister who seemed to be distant with her suddenly wants to help her and her half-brother came home and was friendly towards her as well.
Then there’s Dom: he’s sweet, caring, and thoughtful. He’s one of the officer who found Mia after the incident and who helped her hey through the ordeal by just being there. He didn’t force her to do anything against her will. Instead, he states the fact and leave Mia to decide what she thinks is best.
Mia thought everything was just okay until her perpetrators strike again and this time the girl was in critical condition. She was torn between her conscience and her loyalty to her father.
It wasn’t an easy journey for Mia. The roads were bumpy and blind cliffs were ahead of her. No one can really say how hard it is until you will be in their shoes (which I’m sure no one ever wanted). I understand the loyalty she felt for her father. Although I wanted her to do the right thing immediately before anything else happens to anyone but I also realize that she’s scared. Her support system isn’t sufficient. Every day is a task to wake up and feel normal. It may took another victim for her to finally took a step, and just when she finally needs help: help came to her in the most unexpected package.
What kind of father would sacrifice his daughter for his political career (or for anything at all?) This kind of man doesn’t deserve my vote or any seat in the government. I hate his character and although I wish he doesn’t exist in the real world – there are people who are like him, real and alive.
At first, I thought Chris was one of the bad guys. Trying to obey Mia’s father’s whims and do his bidding. Yes, I hate him as well – but he did something at the near-end of the novel that made me change his mind and wanted to hug him instead.
I would want her to be my friend because she’s wonderful. Any girl is lucky to have her for a best friend. She’s loyal and supportive. She’s one of those people who encourage Mia to seek justice for what happened to her.
Rape has always been a sensitive topic to discuss but the author had done it sensitively. Mia’s way also shows family and social dynamics, especially with politics. It shows that any crime chooses no one and even educated and well-known people can do horrible things.
What I wanted to know:
I know Dom’s way is out and I’m still about to read it… But Mia’s way ended just when everything is about to start…
1) What will happen to the case?
2) Will Dom/Mia ask the other one to go out?
3) What will happen to Mia’s relationship with her family and her dad?
No Way Back (Mia’s Way#1) is worth the read. It may have ended abruptly, just when I was about to sit up from my chair… But joining Mia in her journey and looking at her regaining courage, becoming brave, fighting for what she believes is right makes it all bearable.
Chloe Adams is the author of an eclectic mix of books, to include new adult, young adult, and contemporary romance. A born writer, Chloe put off following her path until now.