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A Paperback Original—Also Available as a Hardcover Library Edition From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter’s back. Find your enemy. Before he finds you. Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies b A Paperback Original—Also Available as a Hardcover Library Edition From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter’s back. Find your enemy. Before he finds you. Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies beneath strangers’ surfaces, and for knowing what they’re working hard to keep hidden. Somehow, it’s the people closest to her she has trouble truly connecting with. In the case of Bonnie, the teenage daughter Nora gave up for adoption, she has to keep trying. For Bonnie has a target on her back—and it’s all because of Nora. Two years ago, Bonnie was kidnapped by the wealthy Zhang family. Though Nora rescued her, she made a powerful enemy in Dao, a mysterious triad enforcer and former head of the Zhangs’ private security. Now Dao is out for revenge, and she needs to track him down in order to keep herself—and Bonnie—safe. On Dao’s trail, Nora forms an unlikely partnership with Bernard Lam, an eccentric playboy billionaire with his own mysterious grudge to bear, and reunites with Jon Brazuca, ex-cop turned private investigator and Nora’s occasional ally. From Canada to southeast Asia they pursue Dao, uncovering a shadowy criminal cabal. But soon, the trail will lead full circle to Vancouver, the only home Nora’s ever known, and right to the heart of her brutal past.


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A Paperback Original—Also Available as a Hardcover Library Edition From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter’s back. Find your enemy. Before he finds you. Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies b A Paperback Original—Also Available as a Hardcover Library Edition From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter’s back. Find your enemy. Before he finds you. Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies beneath strangers’ surfaces, and for knowing what they’re working hard to keep hidden. Somehow, it’s the people closest to her she has trouble truly connecting with. In the case of Bonnie, the teenage daughter Nora gave up for adoption, she has to keep trying. For Bonnie has a target on her back—and it’s all because of Nora. Two years ago, Bonnie was kidnapped by the wealthy Zhang family. Though Nora rescued her, she made a powerful enemy in Dao, a mysterious triad enforcer and former head of the Zhangs’ private security. Now Dao is out for revenge, and she needs to track him down in order to keep herself—and Bonnie—safe. On Dao’s trail, Nora forms an unlikely partnership with Bernard Lam, an eccentric playboy billionaire with his own mysterious grudge to bear, and reunites with Jon Brazuca, ex-cop turned private investigator and Nora’s occasional ally. From Canada to southeast Asia they pursue Dao, uncovering a shadowy criminal cabal. But soon, the trail will lead full circle to Vancouver, the only home Nora’s ever known, and right to the heart of her brutal past.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    Every person has within her a certain amount of self-preservation to guide her. But when the self in question has taken the sheer number of knocks that I have, the preservation instinct is ground down. Mine is a fine dust, little particulates that have all but disappeared. I’m not sure what self there is left to preserve. She has led something less than a charmed life. Trouble seems to follow her as if she had a tracking device stuck on her collar and an army of people at monitors reporting h Every person has within her a certain amount of self-preservation to guide her. But when the self in question has taken the sheer number of knocks that I have, the preservation instinct is ground down. Mine is a fine dust, little particulates that have all but disappeared. I’m not sure what self there is left to preserve. She has led something less than a charmed life. Trouble seems to follow her as if she had a tracking device stuck on her collar and an army of people at monitors reporting her every move. Sheena Kamal - in studio making the audio book of her other 2020 release, the YA novel Fight Like a Girl Nora Watts, the considerably flawed, but still kick-ass PI from Eyes Like Mine (2017) and It All Falls Down (2018), is back and is taking her game on offense. Having survived a few too many attempts on her life, Nora is determined to track down the man who has it in for her, and take him down, one way or another, before he can kill her. More importantly, she is eager to see that her teenage daughter, the one she had given up for adoption at birth and only recently has had any relationship with, is removed from the playing field as a target and potential hostage. Her nemesis is Dao, the head of security for the uber-rich and powerful Zhang family, which Nora had seriously damaged in earlier volumes, and he has his own reasons for wanting her dead. His criminal connections give him global reach. No stress, no stress at all. She finds allies in her quest. Bernard Lam is one, a billionaire who likes and is willing to finance Nora, but has an agenda of his own. Also along for the ride is Jon Brazuca, ex-cop, Nora’s former AA sponsor (she’s got issues, ok?), tough as nails, except when it comes to Nora. If PT Barnum was right, this guy must have been born many, many times. She does care for him, but, well, Nora. Familiar faces from the former books take turns in the spotlight. Daughter Bonnie, and her adoptive parents, PI Leo Kruschnik, her former employer, Simone, her drag queen tech guru, biker baddies who provide some of the usual mayhem and poor sartorial choices, and a few new faces. Welcome back is Whisper, Nora’s four-legged bff. Still not enough screen time for this bitch, though, IMHO. As with the first two Nora Watts novels, this one has a background theme of musicality. The favorite music of a late friend plays from time to time as does The Dark End of the Street, with a bit of Bob Marley tossed in for good measure. Music, both incoming and outgoing, is able to get past Nora’s considerable armor and touch her wary, vulnerable core, although it’s all one-way this time. He warms up to “Amazing Grace,” and so do I. We’re singing together now and I’m in my head voice, a tone I haven’t heard out of my mouth since I was a kid in youth choir. Buck-toothed and scrappy but with a voice like a lounge singer just months away from a lung cancer diagnosis. Those days are long gone. I’ve since found the blues to fill the space in my soul, but I remember what it was like to sing up high like that. Reaching for the cracked paint in the ceiling, then past it, too. A gospel, a prayer. Never a celebration. No Going Back is the third book in Sheena Kamal’s Nora Watts series. There are sufficient catching-up passages here that it is not necessary to have read the first two to enjoy this one. But really, why would you want to deprive yourself? The first two are outstanding, and will make you better prepared to get the most out of volume #3. I’m just sayin’. There are motifs and issues that permeate the story. Vancouver is not used to the sort of harsh winters that people in, say Winnipeg, would hardly notice. But Kamal uses the encroaching cold and snow in the same way she used fire in book #2, as a background thumping ramping up the volume and beat as the climax approaches. To say the heavy snowfall caught the city by surprise is a ridiculous understatement. People are in a state of shock, interspersed by moments of panic. No one knows what to do with their hands. Should they try to dig out their vehicles, which they don’t know how to drive in these weather conditions, or do they dial their workplaces to say they aren’t coming in? Tips on how to drive in the snow fill local news reports while those who had moved here to get out of this kind of vengeful weather curse their misfortune and sneer at the masses who are seemingly struck helpless by flakes of fluffy white precipitation. I am on the side of the cursing and sneering few. Being an outsider is part of Nora’s core. Her mother was Palestinian and her father was indigenous Canadian. She is very conscious of the history of European encroachment and being seen as an other. It reinforces her unwillingness to trust, expecting that no one, certainly no one in authority, will believe her anyway. Relationships and/or tensions between parents and children provide a central element. Nora is desperate to protect the child she gave away at birth, Bonnie, finally wanting to have a relationship with her. There is the relationship between Bonnie and her adoptive parents. The billionaire client and even her evil nemesis have daddy issues. I drive away from the cabin with the knowledge that I’ve been reprimanded and nourished simultaneously. It’s a new experience for me. Does Bonnie experience this every day? Is this what it’s like to have a mother? Nora remains a fascinating, if damaged character. She has the sort of code you expect the noir hero to adopt, even though she follows it to her own disadvantage far too many times. She struggles to maintain a secure perimeter around herself, even though she can taste the fulfillment of intimate human connection in patches. “I’ve never seen the point of tears. There’s something inside me that grows cold at the thought of shedding them, at the sight of someone else letting them fall. I don’t give into tears, not even now, because I’ll never take the chance that someone will see it as weakness, as I do. But I wonder what it would be like if I did. I feel like we’re on the brink of something in our friendship.” “You run away,” she [Simone] continues. “Because you don’t want to stay and ask for love. You keep people at an arm’s length and blame them for not wanting to come closer when you’re the one that pushed them to the corners of your universe.” The first person narrative, mostly Nora’s, but with a few chapters from the perspective of others, offers an immediacy to the story, makes you feel present, and tense. I do not know if the title No Going Back signals more than just the story at hand. While the trilogy is complete with this novel, it remains to be seen whether Nora Watts will be making a return in the years ahead. Kamal is open to bringing her back but she’s “…not really there yet. If I bring her back, I want to be a little different. I want her journey to make sense. I want it to be a progression.” - from the Hank Garner interview I sincerely hope Nora can find her way back to us. Compelling characters are to be cherished, particularly those who struggle with themselves as well as the world around them. Sheena Kamal has brought us, yet again, both wonderful characters and an engaging, fraught tale, rich with substance, in addition to tension, mayhem, and artistry. If she can find a way to bring Nora back to the pages of a book, I am sure many of us will find our way back to her. I’m a woman over twenty-five. I’m so used to people ignoring my existence that it’s startling when someone admits they’ve been paying attention. Review posted – May 15, 2020 Publication date – April 14, 2020 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, Instagram, and FB pages -----A list of Seven Short Pieces by the author that have appeared in diverse publications. I suggest you check out the one in The Guardian - from her website Interviews -----The Big Thrill -Up Close: Sheena Kamal by K.L. Romo -----The Star - Sheena Kamal’s two new books: “I like my heroines to be a little rough around the edges” by Sue Carter -----Author Stories Podcast #866 - Sheena Kamal Returns With No Going Back by Hank Garner – audio – 37:10 – from 4:39 -----Crimespree Magazine - Q&A with Sheena Kamal -----Writer Types Podcast by Co-Hosts E.A. Aymar & Sarah Chen – audio – 40:40 – from 9:26 to 22:30 My reviews of other books by the author -----Eyes Like Mine - Nora Watts #1 - 2017 -----It All Falls Down - Nora Watts #2 - 2018 Songs/Music -----James Carr - The Dark End of the Street -----Bob Marley - One Love -----Chopin’s nocturnes -----Leon Bridges - Coming Home

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    No Going Back is the third instalment in the excellent Nora Watts series and although the first two books are well worth picking up it isn't essential to have read them before this one as the author provides plenty of backstory to get newcomers up to speed. Recovering alcoholic and flawed protagonist Nora is hot on the heels of the criminal who abducted her daughter Bonnie years earlier. Renowned in the criminal underworld the affluent Zhang family are the ones thought to be behind her kidnappin No Going Back is the third instalment in the excellent Nora Watts series and although the first two books are well worth picking up it isn't essential to have read them before this one as the author provides plenty of backstory to get newcomers up to speed. Recovering alcoholic and flawed protagonist Nora is hot on the heels of the criminal who abducted her daughter Bonnie years earlier. Renowned in the criminal underworld the affluent Zhang family are the ones thought to be behind her kidnapping but in identifying, locating and bringing Bonnie home Nora has gained a powerful and ruthless enemy. Dao, a former member of the Zhang’s security personnel and an enforcer for the brutal, merciless Chinese triads operating across the world, has placed a bounty on Nora’s head and she knows he is not the type to be all talk and no action. She's in more danger than she's ever been in before and knows she will need help to stay alive. Enter Jon Brazuca, a private investigator and former police officer, and Bernard Lam, a local billionaire, but will they form an effective team against a criminal organisation with international reach? Hopping between the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Asia, Kamal pens an exciting, action-packed and compulsive thriller and so ensues a tense high-stakes game of cat and mouse. It's well written, absorbing and moves at a quick pace making it almost impossible to put down; I finished it in a single sitting as I wanted to know what happened at the end and if Nora could escape the clutches of Dao and his co-conspirators. The author places you right in the middle of all the drama and sets the scene vividly regardless of where in the world the characters are. There is plenty to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat and you really have to fasten your seatbelt as it is a wild ride from start to finish. Nora is a great character who grows with each instalment and she has really grown on me throughout the series. A highly entertaining and expertly crafted thriller with a cast of bold, larger than life characters who are both engaging and intriguing, if you enjoy adrenaline-fuelled showdowns then this is absolutely worth your time. Many thanks to Zaffre for an ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheena Kamal

    I'm so blessed to get the chance to write Nora Watts again. No Going Back is essentially a showdown between Nora and a shadowy figure from her past. It takes us from the Pacific Northwest to Southeast Asia, and then back again. Writing it took a little chunk of my soul, which I think is in the book, actually.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. No Going Back by Sheena Kamal is a pulse-pounding mystery. Although this newest release is the third installment in the Nora Watts series, it can be read a standalone. Nora Watts returns to Vancouver only to discover that someone is after her and her estranged daughter, Bonnie. Nora knows exactly who wants her dead and her nemesis will stop at nothing to exact his revenge. Nora puts all of her energy into locating him and she becomes allies with very unexpected people as she travels fro 4.5 stars. No Going Back by Sheena Kamal is a pulse-pounding mystery. Although this newest release is the third installment in the Nora Watts series, it can be read a standalone. Nora Watts returns to Vancouver only to discover that someone is after her and her estranged daughter, Bonnie. Nora knows exactly who wants her dead and her nemesis will stop at nothing to exact his revenge. Nora puts all of her energy into locating him and she becomes allies with very unexpected people as she travels from Canada to Indonesia in hopes of stopping his nefarious plan. Nora is still at loose ends following what happened to her in Detroit. She feels guilty that she put someone dear to her in harm's way.  Learning Bonnie might be in danger because of her devastates and frightens her.  Discovering her foe is still after her, Nora does not want to endanger anyone else. But her former AA sponsor, private investigator Jon Bruzuca refuses to let her search for her enemy on her own. Nora has an uncanny ability to read people and she knows there is more to Bruzuca's offer to help her than he is telling her. She is very reluctant to agree to work together, but he has connections she desperately needs. Nora's wary of her new alliance but she will do anything to keep Bonnie safe.  Despite her reservations and concerns, Nora is soon on an island in Indonesia where she hopes to face her rival once and for all. But will the plan she and her comrades put into action go as they envision? No Going Back is a tension-filled, suspenseful mystery with a clever storyline and colorful characters. Nora is fearless and reckless as she tries to protect the people she cares about. She is distrustful of offers of assistance but despite sensing hidden motives, she pushes her doubts aside in order to vanquish her deadly adversary.  With stunning twists and jaw-dropping turns,  Sheena Kamal brings this latest addition to the Nora Watts series to a shocking, uneasy conclusion. I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend this riveting mystery to old and new fans of this marvelous series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS 2020; William Morrow/HarperCollins No Going Back is the third novel in the Nora Watts series, and I highly recommend you read this series in order. This is not your typical domestic suspense series, but has a lot of emotions and depth. The characters in this series grow with each book. We get to know more about them and their background. In this book, Bonnie's (Nora's birth daughter) kidnapping comes back to be a danger to both Nora and her daughter. The only chance she has to defe RATING: 4 STARS 2020; William Morrow/HarperCollins No Going Back is the third novel in the Nora Watts series, and I highly recommend you read this series in order. This is not your typical domestic suspense series, but has a lot of emotions and depth. The characters in this series grow with each book. We get to know more about them and their background. In this book, Bonnie's (Nora's birth daughter) kidnapping comes back to be a danger to both Nora and her daughter. The only chance she has to defeat the danger is to go looking for it first. I felt like book two was more of emotion, while this novel was a lot of action. I enjoyed No Going Back but not as much as the first two books. That is not a bad thing, as I still rated it four stars. It was nice to get more of an action story in this one, as it felt like a break in the emotional rollercoaster. I hope there is more of Nora in the future, and am excited to see that Kamal also released a young adult novel earlier this year Fight Like a Girl. Both covers are gorgeous! ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Geeeez, can you say bad luck? Nora has the worst luck of, I think any character I've read... Good but not quite 5 stars. Will there be more Nora & Whisper and Bonnie, or is this it? Tide has got to turn for these peeps Geeeez, can you say bad luck? Nora has the worst luck of, I think any character I've read... Good but not quite 5 stars. Will there be more Nora & Whisper and Bonnie, or is this it? Tide has got to turn for these peeps

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    So, I am here to try and convince you to read all three of Sheena Kamal's books in the Nora Watts series. They are fabulous! And the audio books are all narrated by my absolute favourite Bahni Turpin. So, if you enjoy listening to your well-written mysteries with interesting and exciting plots, let Bahni be your guide! Yes. You need to start at book 1. So before we go further, read book one and two. I mean, if you really want to skip them, you can. I wouldn't, though, because they are excellent a So, I am here to try and convince you to read all three of Sheena Kamal's books in the Nora Watts series. They are fabulous! And the audio books are all narrated by my absolute favourite Bahni Turpin. So, if you enjoy listening to your well-written mysteries with interesting and exciting plots, let Bahni be your guide! Yes. You need to start at book 1. So before we go further, read book one and two. I mean, if you really want to skip them, you can. I wouldn't, though, because they are excellent and provide crucial details that explain what follows in book three. Nora Watts is a really complex character and I am impressed by the way she matures and changes over the course of the series so far. Nora is a recovering addict who is trying her best. She is also is someone who makes poor choices that harm people. Yes, she deserves love. Without question. One of the consistent underlying currents of these novels has to do with each person being worthy of love and safety regardless of past mistakes they might have made. Just a few reasons I love this particular book in the series: A) There is a lovely internal monologue regarding pronouns and respect that does not include the person concerned! That's right! Nora does not badger her friend for clarification. She simply thinks through how best to manage a new and unfamiliar moment in their friendship and then continues on in the conversation. B) There is an important moment when the word fat is used to describe a character. That's all. It's a description without being a moral judgement. It's part of the way an incredibly beautiful woman is described. Equating fat and beauty is something we hardly ever see in any medium, let alone fiction, so I was thrilled that Kamal is with us at the Health at Every Size party! C) I am not actually sure if this is the final book or if the series will continue??? That ambiguity speaks to a very well-crafted ending. I can see the journey being complete in its ambiguity, and I can also easily see scope for a fourth book. I guess we'll have to wait and see! This is a really, really important and special series. I so wish that more people would pick up these books and delight in the crucial discourses contained within. Yes, they are well-written mysteries that are interesting, and include details that surprise me. More importantly, Kamal is writing books where the characters look and feel like the people I know. Kamal's fictional world includes everybody: especially those that are often invisible or perceived as taboo or simply not worthy of having their stories heard. Yes, I am absolutely gushing in my praise of this book. It's worth it. Don't take my word for it, read the book and discover its excellence for yourself!

  8. 5 out of 5

    darin chew

    I had never heard of this author before I got a copy of this book, but the synopsis had me hooked. I also did not realize that this is the 3rd book in the Nora Watts series. It read fine as a standalone, at least to me, they give background on the characters so it's easy to understand. Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies beneath strangers’ surfaces, and for knowing what they’re working hard to keep hidden. But in the case of Bonnie, the teenage daughter Nora gave up for adoption, she has I had never heard of this author before I got a copy of this book, but the synopsis had me hooked. I also did not realize that this is the 3rd book in the Nora Watts series. It read fine as a standalone, at least to me, they give background on the characters so it's easy to understand. Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies beneath strangers’ surfaces, and for knowing what they’re working hard to keep hidden. But in the case of Bonnie, the teenage daughter Nora gave up for adoption, she has trouble truly connecting with. Bonnie was kidnapped 2 years ago by the wealthy Zhang family. Nora rescued her, she also made a powerful enemy, Dao, a triad enforcer and former head of the Zhangs’ private security. Dao is out for revenge. Nora forms an unlikely partnership with Bernard Lam, a playboy billionaire, and also reunites with Jon Brazuca, ex-cop turned private investigator. From Canada to southeast Asia then back to Vancouver, ro pursue Dao. Overall I liked the book. It was very well written and interesting. I'm going to be going to check out this author's other books in this series. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wrenn

    Waited almost two years for the third book in the series and it was worth it! It can be read as a stand alone, but as usual I recommend reading from the beginning. Nora Watts returns to Vancouver after a trip to Detroit, where she narrowly escaped being killed. Two years ago Bonnie, the daughter Nora gave up for adoption, was kidnapped by the prosperous criminal Zhang family. Nora was able to rescue Bonnie, but ended up making a formidable and vicious enemy in Dao, the former head of security for Waited almost two years for the third book in the series and it was worth it! It can be read as a stand alone, but as usual I recommend reading from the beginning. Nora Watts returns to Vancouver after a trip to Detroit, where she narrowly escaped being killed. Two years ago Bonnie, the daughter Nora gave up for adoption, was kidnapped by the prosperous criminal Zhang family. Nora was able to rescue Bonnie, but ended up making a formidable and vicious enemy in Dao, the former head of security for the Zhangs. Reunited with her dog Whisper, Nora is trying to fin Dao before he finds her. He has put a hit out on her, and no one around her is safe. Reluctantly she partners with her former AA sponsor, private investigator Jon Brazuca and his previous client the wealthy and unconventional Bernard Lam, travelling to Indonesia in pursuit of the enigmatic Dao. This exciting and action packed mystery/thriller kept me intrigued and engaged. An extremely entertaining read. Nora is a fascinating and flawed heroine and I look forward to reading more about her. Thank you William Morrow for the e-ARC via NetGalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    I read The Lost Ones which was book #1 in this series and I thought it was okay. It appears I was in the minority as most of the reviews for it were good as well as for It All Falls Down book #2. In that book Nora is searching for her daughter Bonnie who was kidnapped. Nora Watt Book #3 continues with the story from book #2 and since the reviews were great I thought I’ll give Book #3 a go. I did like this a bit better than Book #1 but I didn’t love it. This, of course, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. I read The Lost Ones which was book #1 in this series and I thought it was okay. It appears I was in the minority as most of the reviews for it were good as well as for It All Falls Down book #2. In that book Nora is searching for her daughter Bonnie who was kidnapped. Nora Watt Book #3 continues with the story from book #2 and since the reviews were great I thought I’ll give Book #3 a go. I did like this a bit better than Book #1 but I didn’t love it. This, of course, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. We all have different taste in books … thankfully we have many options. I prefer psychological thrillers and I do like mysteries but some just don’t have the twists and turns that I love. Want to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for granting my wish for this early release in exchange for an honest review. Publishing Release Date scheduled for April 14, 2020

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kourtney

    I am a complete sucker for a flawed, incredibly strong female lead, add a puppy side kick and there's no question of my excitement about a book. This book contains both of these amazing elements, but don't let my Achilles heel sway you, this book is amazing without those two pieces. Not having read the first two books, I have able to catch up and jump right into the story. It serves well as a stand alone. Nora Watts, our sober, recovering alcoholic is trying to hunt down the man who kidnapped he I am a complete sucker for a flawed, incredibly strong female lead, add a puppy side kick and there's no question of my excitement about a book. This book contains both of these amazing elements, but don't let my Achilles heel sway you, this book is amazing without those two pieces. Not having read the first two books, I have able to catch up and jump right into the story. It serves well as a stand alone. Nora Watts, our sober, recovering alcoholic is trying to hunt down the man who kidnapped her daughter a year ago and who also put a hit out on her. WHAT?!?! So much excitement! Add in a transgendered bff, cyber genius, and a gay friend/boss, and a former lover who is also a recovering alcoholic who struggles with his feelings toward you. Sheena Kamal weaves a fast paced entertaining ride. Some of her phrasing has me literally chuckling out loud. I'm not sure how this is my first experience with your writing, but it most certainly will not be my last. A special thank you to NetGalley, William Morrow Paperbacks, and of course, Sheena Kamal for providing me with an ARC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janice Lombardo

    MANY Thanks to HarperCollins, Publishers and William Morrow for my chance to read and review this book! Nora Watts has trouble crossing over the Canadian border from Detroit. She lives in Vancouver - yet she first needs to visit her birth daughter, Bonnie, in Toronto. Although someone very close to Nora has been shot and critically wounded, Nora must leave him (Nate Marlowe) in Detroit. This, to make sure that Bonnie is alright. From Vancouver, with the help of her former PI partners; Jon Brazuca MANY Thanks to HarperCollins, Publishers and William Morrow for my chance to read and review this book! Nora Watts has trouble crossing over the Canadian border from Detroit. She lives in Vancouver - yet she first needs to visit her birth daughter, Bonnie, in Toronto. Although someone very close to Nora has been shot and critically wounded, Nora must leave him (Nate Marlowe) in Detroit. This, to make sure that Bonnie is alright. From Vancouver, with the help of her former PI partners; Jon Brazuca and Leo Krushnik, Nora works to chase down the enemy she had prior made - DAO. He is in thick with a widespread criminal organization yet he is hellbent on "getting" Nora... A lot of interesting characters abound in this story. Constantly on the go - there is no lag time in this read! A plot line that places you, as a reader, right in the middle - constantly guessing... Although this is the third in "Nora's" series, this read can be a great standalone, as well. High praise to Sheena Kamal - Now on to parts 1 & 2!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Martha Brindley

    Although this is book three in the series featuring Nora Watts, it read fine as a standalone due to the background information. I must admit, I lost the thread halfway through due to no fault of the writer. The book was filled with interesting characters and the main setting of Vancouver really appealed to me. There was plenty of action floating between Canada and Indonesia and the plot was interesting. Overall, a very good thriller. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue Martin

    A disappointment Read the first two and enjoyed them. If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be ...depressing. There was no joy or happiness at all. There was no one you could cheer on or root for. I don't know if this is the last in the series. If not I hope the next one isn't so sad.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Will George

    This is the third, and possibly last, book in the Nora Watts series. I became obsessed with this character and am really sorry to see it possibly end. There is still so many possible stories to tell. Nora’s mother’s history and whereabouts would be the most obvious. So hers hoping Sheena Kamal will continue the series in the near future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Wallace

    Nora started out looking for information on her father and ended up finding out a few things about her mother! Trouble found her as usual. The racial diversity of the characters in this series is wonderful. Bahni Turpin's amazing audio performing skills include smoke-damaged vocal chords, French-speaking, French-accented English, and Chinese-accented English. Her range is always impressive.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I wonder where she will go with this series after this one. It’s a tough read in some ways because Nora is such a damaged character and damages everyone around her. At the same time she tries to do what is right.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aida Alberto

    Electrifying. Each book is better than the last. If you haven't discovered this series or this author you are so missing out. Absolutely don't pass this up. You'll be sorry if you do. Happy reading! #NoGoingBack #NetGalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Bee

    The 3rd book in the series. They are all about the same, but I enjoyed the 2nd book more. Fast reads with drama and lots of action. Too bad there is almost no character growth in the series. It is much like watching Homeland when Carrie was mentally ill.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marla Warren

    Fast paced, intense, and almost impossible to put down!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Richards

    Is this the best Nora yet? Hard to tell: they've all been great. I love it, though. Another five stars for Kamal!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Mc

    3.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Mills-clark

    This author writes in her own contemporary style. How refreshing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Whitehead

    Heroine is very unhinged. She has no place to live, her "job" is tenuous, her teenage daughter lives with someone else, and she even has trouble taking care of her dog.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The third book in the Nora Watts series was not my favourite. I wasn't as sucked into the drama as I was previously and did find myself struggling to finish. Might have just been my mood since the pandemic started but it wasn't as page turning as I found the first one. Nora is still an amazing character and a fighter but I just didn't get into this one at all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet L

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie Saint

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leah Faieta

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eugene

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