A chilling and compelling debut crime thriller set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham, and Peter Robinson. Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it's the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level.
DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil, too.
After 10 years in London, working for a City law firm, Clare Donoghue moved back to her home town in Somerset to undertake an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. Never Look Back is her first novel and in 2011, whilst still an unpublished manuscript, was long-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger.
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Although this debut from Clare Donoghue does not quite live up to the hype it is an excellently written, constructed and characterised thriller. I did find myself completely gripped by it and found it to be something a little different from many of the current psychological thrillers. I always love multiple voices narrating as it seems to bring the story alive and the narrators here are excellent. I will definitely be watching out for what Clare Donoghue does next.
Not a bad debut at all. The characters are well thought out and the story moves a long at a good pace. I didn't think it lived up to the hype but was a great start and I will look forward to the next one.
Great narration and good story.
I am an avid multi tasker, I love to listen as I walk, ride, clean... Mostly love crime novels but have an occasional foray into other genre
Whilst the story is fairly well crafted it doesn't deserve the hype or the comparison with Peter James' novels. The fear and tension of being followed was well done but it didn't stick in my mind for long after I had finished listening.
Hi all I love reading and listening to audio books I like a variety of books but mainly crime books
I found it an excellent story and well plotted.
It would give it away if I told you that
I found them both equally good at their voices
Watch your back
I cannot wait for the next book , very good and I listen to loads of books
NeverLook Back - boring rubbish & narrators were boring as well
I couldn't wait to finished this book cause it was so boring, would have returned it but as it was only £1.99 couldn't be bothered
Narration was so slow, they need a bomb to give themselves a kick up backside
excellent story, well rounded characters, narrated brilliantly!
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
Favourite book ever
What a twist- I didn't see it coming.
Both character were great with very different personalitys
I can't wait for the next book by this great author.
I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.
This is an exciting thriller and the idea of using two narrators is excellent as this avoids a female reader doing exaggerated husky voices and for a male reader to try out irritating soprano efforts. Mike Lockyer the detective is extremely likeable and human. The intrigue is led at an agreable pace. This is my first encounter with Clarie Donoghue and I look forward to reading other books by this promising author.
Strong central character- plausible quiet hero. Building suspense and a great who dunnit. Narration seems a bit slow initially but don't be fooled or put off - great story and a good listen/ r
A very good read by an author I had not heard of before. Well narrated, and a good plot that kept you listening. I shall be looking for more of this author's work.
Superb narration. It was great to have too many readers for the story because they eat represented unique characters in the book
"Great story, unexpected twists"
Yes I would listen to this again just in case I missed anything the first time and I was very impressed that I wasn't saying 'ya right' as the story continued through each chapter.
I liked the narrators
"Thriller? Whodunit? Neither"
It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.
Probably a historical novel
The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.
The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.
Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.
"Never Buy This Book"
I had such high hopes because I LOVE IMOGEN CHURCH! I thought I could handle it even if it was only "OKAY" because she would bring it up a notch, boy was I wrong. It's also narrated by a man (cant remember his name) and he does 75% of the narrating so that was severely disappointing but not nearly as disappointing as the storyline.
The storyline (this is one of 3 books) is all over the place. The author doesn't seem to care to get you attached to any of the characters but to jumping around from here to there to nowhere.
At one point I thought to myself did I skip a chapter, but no the author just put big holes and gaps in the story.
Don't bother, unless you have read every other book on Audible....seriously!
"Excellent, well read and written"
This was a well researched and very well written story with good readers. The story concentrates on building the characters, procedure and the locations and is, thankfully, not over heavy on gore and sexuality. Looking forward to the next book in the series.br/>
Good narration allowed me to enjoy this story. By the time I'd hit the last fourth of the book, I couldn't turn off the audio. An unexpected twist made it all the better!
"Reads exactly like a BBC mystery script"
It seems the author has decided she wants to write a book that can go straight to BBC mysteries. Character information is parsed out in tiny threads--the reader must stay tuned to get more information. The description of the detective was something like this: looks like a movie-star from Hollywood but a bit rougher. This wasn't meant to read, it was meant to be made for TV--especially because the very simple basic crime isn't worth a full-length novel.
Paper-thin characters who are either unlikable or cringe-worthy. Very disappointing. Not worth the time or energy.
"A great thriller series"
Real characters who make the connections in the story quickly so nothing drags out too long.
"Female authors writing male roles"
Enjoyed the book and seldom write negative reviews. This one kept me entertained throughout and was worth the purchase.
Tend to avoid female authors as the Venus/Mars boundary seems too wide for females to write male roles well. Our hero in this story line was well written.
Toward the end, I did find exception.
From childhood up, we males are ingrained with an "I am the protector" mentality. Failure to fulfill that role is devastating, not trivial.
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