Thursday, July 4, 2019

Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

From the Edgar Award-winning author of If I Die Tonight

Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a Serial-esque podcast twist—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series.

For thirteen days in 1976, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California’s Inland Empire, killing a dozen victims before perishing themselves in a fire… or did they? More than 40 years later, twentysomething podcast producer Quentin Garrison blames his troubled upbringing on the murders. And after a shocking message from a source, he has reason to believe April Cooper may still be alive. Meanwhile, New York City film columnist Robin Diamond is coping with rising doubts about her husband and terrifying threats from internet trolls. But that’s nothing compared to the outrageous phone call she gets from Quentin… and a brutal home invasion that makes her question everything she ever believed in. Is Robin’s beloved mother a mass murderer? Is there anyone she can trust?

Told through the eyes of those destroyed by the Inland Empire Killings—including Robin, Quentin, and a fifteen-year-old April Cooper—Never Look Back asks the question:

How well do we really know our parents, our partners—and ourselves?

my thoughts:

Mystery-thrillers are my jam. They are always a fun read - chock full of twists and turns, crazy scenarios that terrify, and unforgettable characters. So, of course, I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of  Alison Gaylin's book, Never Look Back. A suspense-filled story to get lost in on a grey, rainy summer day (yep, that's Florida for ya) sounded perfect to me. I jumped right in and let me just say, OMG!! What a book!!

I absolutely LOVED Never Look Back!! Told in dual timelines from different perspectives, this story takes you on quite a trip. Teenage murderers went on a killing spree and then died in a fire. Fast forward to forty years later and a podcaster is starting to wonder if both teenage murderers died in that fire.  Yep, seems like something isn't quite right about their deaths and with a bit of digging the truth may finally be brought to light. The question is, at who's expense? Yikes!

Talk about a terrific story! The writing was top notch - clever and thrilling. The characters were fascinating - I didn't want to stop reading about them. And the story - unputdownable! I found myself hooked right from the start - gripping with a capital "G"!  Loved this book!

I would happily recommend Never Look Back to fans of Gaylin and anyone looking for their next mystery-thriller - you will LOVE this book to bits!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Never Look Back
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Lark said...

This one does sound like quite the thrill ride. :)

Sara Strand said...

I always seem to read thrillers in the fall and winter so I'll have to add this one to my list! Thank you for being on this tour- Sara @ TLC Book Tours