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Never Look Back Audiobook

Never Look Back

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Publisher's Summary

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 Never Look Back is her first novel and in 2011, whilst still an unpublished manuscript, was long-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger.

©2014 Clare Donoghue (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Saffy 25/04/2014
    Saffy 25/04/2014

    Audible addict.

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    "An excellent debut"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Bayliss London, England United Kingdom 10/05/2014
    Sue Bayliss London, England United Kingdom 10/05/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Always like a crime story....."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 23/04/2014
    Judith 23/04/2014

    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

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    "Modern detective story"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    iris Paris, France 30/03/2014
    iris Paris, France 30/03/2014 Member Since 2015

    I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.

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    "A most enjoyable read"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ms 07/04/2014
    Ms 07/04/2014 Member Since 2011

    Hi all I love reading and listening to audio books I like a variety of books but mainly crime books

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    "A really good book"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Look Back the most enjoyable?

    I found it an excellent story and well plotted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Look Back?

    It would give it away if I told you that


    Which character – as performed by Karl Prekopp and Imogen Church – was your favourite?

    I found them both equally good at their voices


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Watch your back


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next book , very good and I listen to loads of books
    Cy

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maggs Port Talbot 11/03/2016
    Maggs Port Talbot 11/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "NeverLook Back - boring rubbish & narrators were boring as well"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. J. M. Benjamin-potts 14/09/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "grips you from start to finish!"

    excellent story, well rounded characters, narrated brilliantly!
    I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 11/07/2014
    Mrs 11/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow"
    Where does Never Look Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Favourite book ever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Look Back?

    What a twist- I didn't see it coming.


    Which character – as performed by Karl Prekopp and Imogen Church – was your favourite?

    Both character were great with very different personalitys


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book by this great author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pickzie 22/07/2015
    Pickzie 22/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Recommend"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arcticangel. Seaford, United Kingdom 10/03/2016
    Arcticangel. Seaford, United Kingdom 10/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "good read."

    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.

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  • Frank Lawrence
    State College, PA USA
    03/05/15
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    "narrators"

    Superb narration. It was great to have too many readers for the story because they eat represented unique characters in the book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    02/05/14
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    "Great story, unexpected twists"
    Would you listen to Never Look Back again? Why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked the narrators


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rollin
    Cholula, Mexico
    12/05/14
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    "Thriller? Whodunit? Neither"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a historical novel


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Kanata, Ontario, Canada
    10/06/15
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    "Excellent, well read and written"
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    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/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    13/05/15
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    "Riveting"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    05/05/14
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    "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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • joan
    04/04/16
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    "A great thriller series"

    Real characters who make the connections in the story quickly so nothing drags out too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    United States
    06/05/14
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    "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.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful

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