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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Way Back by Jeffrey Turner is a powerful novel of love, deception, and mistakes. Jack Elliot is a college professor, teaching a creative writing class. He is also a published author, husband to Claire, and father to Nathan. The day starts ordinarily enough - until they discover they have mice in the attic. What should have been a simple enough task kicks off a chain of events that have the potential to devastate lives and families. Jack discovers a series of emails hidden away in the attic, emails between his wife and another man. Instead of confronting Claire, he decides to investigate first. Meanwhile, things take a nasty turn in his classroom when two students cause serious disruption and end up being escorted off the premises by security. Jack briefly entertains an affair with one of his students, Rachel Pond, not knowing who she is. A series of events conspires to join all parties in one crashing conclusion, drawing on events from the past. With whom did Claire have an affair? Who is Rachel Pond? And what happened so many years ago to kick-start the chain of events?
The Way Back by Jeffrey Turner is a powerful novel. Anyone who reads this may be able to identify with parts of the story - this isn’t just a novel; it’s a real-life lesson and one that many would benefit from reading. Turner kept my eyes glued to the pages as his skillfully written story unwound. At first, it was difficult to see where all the little side stories fitted in, but with a few curve balls thrown in for good measure, it all becomes clear. Great story, exceptionally well written and thoroughly enjoyable, if a little humbling. Would love to see more from Jeffrey Turner.