Jodie’s arriving at her third children’s home. She’s only fifteen.
Maybe this time will be different. She’ll be safe. Looked after.
But the truth is Jodie has no one left to protect her.
She must defend herself. She must change.
I am a huge fan of the Helen Grace series by M. J. Arlidge and when I saw this short story was a prequel to the series I just knew I had to read it. Now I’m not usually a huge fan of short stories they often seem rushed, and it’s often difficult to get a feel for the characters or the plot before it’s all over, but I’m pleased to say the author packs a lot into No Way Back.
No Way Back explores Helen’s earlier years, when she is placed in a children’s home, a place where she should have felt safe and protected, but regrettably this isn’t the case, Helen experience’s the darker side of a children’s homes, unfortunately it makes for a very credible read. The events that happen to her whilst living there, not only help the reader to gain insight into why Helen acts the way she does in certain situations, but you also get a better sense of just how strong a character she has become.
For such a short book I found it to be a gripping and fascinating read, and I would certainly recommend this short story to lovers of the Helen Grace series, and if it’s a series you are looking to read sometime in the future it would certainly be a good place to start
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Print Length: 54 pages
Publisher: Penguin (11 Aug. 2016)