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Don't Look Behind You

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  3,787 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
How can April give up her name, her friends, her boyfriend Steve, and everything she's ever known?

April Corrigan feels like her life is over when she learns that her father has been working undercover for the FBI and the family must relocate under the Federal Witness Security Program.

No one can reach them now... or can they?

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Mass Market Paperback, 179 pages
Published September 1990 by Dell Publishing (first published 1989)
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Jun 07, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 2.5

I felt sorry for April because of the situation she was in, but I didn't like her. She was really stupid most of the time, and quite annoying.
She was told not to contact anyone for obvious reasons, but done it anyway. She moaned when she had to cut her hair to disguise herself, and moaned about giving her phone up, claiming that she would die without it. There was plenty more stupid and annoying moments throughout the book, and by the end of it I was sick of her.

This wasn't
Julie Decker
Poor April is shocked to find her dad's involvement with a dangerous case will require their whole family to go undercover through the Witness Protection Program. When you're a teenage girl who loves her social relationships--especially your boyfriend--and you're a rising star in the tennis world, it's CRUSHING to abandon everything you were and try to avoid giving a dangerous stalker any clues about who you used to be. But even with all her family sacrifices, someone definitely still has it out ...more
Dec 19, 2011 April rated it did not like it
April is ridiculously immature. I really hope she matures as the story goes on. Also, I don't really care for the writing style. Usually I like Lois Duncan's writing, but this book just isn't up to par. I don't relate with the characters or feel any sympathy for them at all. I'm hoping this book will get better as I read on.

Just finished. This book did not get better at all. At the end, April is still the stupid, immature, selfish girl she was at the beginning. The epilogue is about how she mee
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
My first thought while reading this book is "What's the point of the story?"
I didn't read the blurb so I didn't know what to expect. But, ladies and gentleman, if you want to be surprised in a good way, then this book is not for you.
Jul 05, 2008 Relyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not a soul
ICK! I have no idea if I am just sick to death of Lois Duncan and this project or if this book was as lame as I think it was. Either way, it was so dull and predictable, with such a spoiled, selfish main character that I ended up skimming the book. (I rarely skim.) A murder attempt and two actual murders and the book still couldn't hold my interest. UGH! After all that blech and being completely unbelievable, it still didn't end happily. Yes, I know that if you read the book, you will see that's ...more
Alicia  Neely
Mar 13, 2008 Alicia Neely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Kylee Palmer
Mar 09, 2011 Kylee Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan

Reviewed by Kylee Palmer

I haven’t never read any books from this author before, but maybe I will start. I really liked this book! The main character, 17 year old April Corrigan had a big change happen in her life. Her dad worked in an airport called Southern Skyways, and had been secretly working for the FBI also. One day on his job he found a bag left at the airport with drugs in it, and there was identification in it. After handing it over to the FBI they t
May 31, 2010 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Courtney Gorges
Oct 25, 2013 Courtney Gorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Behind You is a good book for 8th-12th graders to read. I think this is a good age because I don’t think kids in middle school would understand what is happening in this book. This is a good book for boys and girls. This book is about a family who is just like any other family, they go to school, have jobs and the mom takes care of the kids. April feels like her life is over when she learns that her father has been working undercover for the FBI and then the family must relocate unde ...more
Autumn Wittbrod
Sep 13, 2016 Autumn Wittbrod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the book. I am really into mystery's so 'Don't Look Behind You' was a real hit. I recommend this book to any one who likes mystery's.
Mar 08, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The 17 year old protagonist of this novel has been moved with her family by the witness protection program because her dad is basically a moron. She's not terribly bright herself, as she makes several obvious mistakes that lead the people searching for them right to their location. A juvenile or young adult reader may be more entertained by the story, but I was mostly just calling her an idiot in my head the whole time.
I have read other books by this author before and enjoyed them. I was excited
Oct 03, 2014 Ezra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book dont look behind you is so awesome. I really liked it a lot; some kids should red this book
Abraham Nava
Nov 29, 2015 Abraham Nava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been stalked by someone that is looking to kill you or someone in your family? Well this is what this book is about. The genre of this story is mystery fiction. Before starting out I just want to say how great this book is it literally gives you goosebumps, it makes you feel as if someone is watching you, and before moving on be careful because I will say [SPOILER ALERTS].

This story takes place in Virginia, Florida, day and night, and in other different locations. This book is ma
Chris Reyes
Mar 01, 2015 Chris Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book I read is called Don't Behind You by Lois Duncan. The genre is mystery. 17 year old, April Corrigan, is a junior in High School, smart and athletic. One day, she is called out of school by her Grandmother. She tells April that her father, who was working for an airline, was testified for a case of drug smuggling, but was then shot. Her family then had to go into hiding, with a bodyguard. With tons of things going on, April didn't know what to expect back home. She couldn't tell anyone w ...more
Kayla Hulse
Sep 17, 2014 Kayla Hulse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this was a good book. I loved this book because it left me on the edge of my seat while I was reading. I liked how the plot had many smaller conflicts that surrounded the one big conflict. That made the story more interesting. I liked how when I got to the end of the chapter I would want to keep going so I would know what happened next. I admired how the characters were described in depth.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading stories with suspense. I would also recommend i
Halcyon Daze
Feb 19, 2014 Halcyon Daze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star, thriller
April is a junior in high school with a seemingly perfect life - she's a pretty tennis star with a great boyfriend. One day, her life takes a drastic change when she and her family are placed in the the federal witness security program, where she has to change her name and identity and pretend her old life never existed.

I probably would've hated April in any other book. She's frustrating, tends to make stupid decisions, and whines a lot. But I gave her a pass for three reasons. One,
A terribly boring book with shitty characters makin super dumbass decisions and terrible writing with even worse dialogue. Seriously. No one talks as stiff & weirdly as these characters. & April is the dumbest girl I have ever read about. Really. Every bad thing that happened to this boring apple pie American dream family after they are forced to move is her fault. She makes the dumbest decisions like contacting her friends when she's told not to & getting drunk & not keeping her ...more
Paul Hamilton
Sep 15, 2015 Paul Hamilton rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel, young-adult
I didn't care for this book as much as Down A Dark Hall, perhaps because it lacks the supernatural element I enjoy. Somehow Don't Look Behind You never quite generates the suspense it probably needed, and I think it's because all the danger to protagonist April comes from her own stupid decisions. Maybe if Vamp were clever enough to find her without her making a mistake, the tension would be higher. But as it is, the witness protection program comes off as bulletproof... unless one of your witn ...more
May 19, 2008 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2008
Book on tape. I think I read this before because I went through a huge Lois Duncan phase. The character in this book was so self absorbed it drove me nuts. She didn't connect any of her actions with the consequences that followed. Typical teenager? Maybe, but still annoying.
Ms. Albert
Sep 09, 2016 Ms. Albert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Another good Lois Duncan mystery. April's family must go into the Federal Witness Program once her dad testifies against an international drug criminal. But you know what? That's not such a good program! She has to give up her boyfriend and all her other friends. She can't play on the school tennis team anymore, because she is so good that she could end up in the newspapers. She has to leave her nice home with her own princess bedroom, to live in this ratty, old house buried back in the woods.

Danna Paredes
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Vivian Westerly
One of the MOST ANNOYING protagonists that I've ever come across. Whining piece of a baby. She makes decisions that cost people's lives. She definitely got that from her mother. Somewhere out there there must be a person like her. Not a very comforting thought. I didn't like a single character from this book except the bodyguard in the beginning.

Not saying that this book isn't realistic though. It paints a pretty bleak picture of life under the Witness Protection Programme.

Whichever one of you
Mary Gael
Jun 30, 2016 Mary Gael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reread this today to commemorate duncan's passing earlier this month; this book was formative for me as a child. it's not as chilling, now, nearly a decade later, but just as fun
Bonnie Ralph
Oct 17, 2016 Bonnie Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very easy read which I finished in less than 24 hours with lots of interruptions and a full work day in between. I don't know if it was just because it was short or because I couldn't put it down. I'm leaning toward a little of both.

It is written in first person, from the point of view of April, a 17 year old championship tennis player whose family is suddenly forced into the witness protection program and relocated to Florida, forced to leave everything behind.

This book really made
Jul 23, 2015 Lannie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through most of this book, I just kind of felt bad for the protagonist, April. I didn't quite pin point her personality through this book. She seemed like a bland character compared to the others. I really liked her younger brother though, he was adorable. The plot was pretty good, but nothing really original to me. Sometimes, I'd take a break from reading because it just got a bit boring. I wanted to punch the April in the gut at certain parts, but at the same time, I got how she felt and why s ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is prefect for young adults. It is a real thriller. One wonders how one would feel if one had to start one's whole life over and one lost all one has ever had.
This book is about April, a teenager, who has a great life with family, a boy friend and friends. Her dad is working under cover for the FBI. A mob hitman, Mike Vamp, is trying to kill him. April, now called
Valerie, has to start her whole life over when her family enters the Federal Witness Security Program. I have never thought
Sep 01, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
Although it was totally random that my first two books to sample by Lois Duncan should be Summer of Fear and this one, it was an interesting pairing. The first book featured a family who gets into trouble because they don't listen to the protagonist, a teenage girl. This book features another teenage girl protagonist who gets her family into trouble because she won't listen to her family. Nice way to cover two moral messages.

Aside from that, this is another great suspenseful story by an author I
Sheila Parker
This is another book that we read in my extension class. While the kids enjoyed the last Duncan book, they weren't so keen on this one. I have to say that my sentiments are similar. April Corrigan finds herself in the awful predicament of have to enter the Witness Protection Service because he father was a prime witness in a drug ring. However, April comes across as a petulant teenager and never considers the consequences of her actions. Everytime she contacts someone from her old life, she puts ...more
Christine US
Lois Duncan seems to have an ability to write whiny irritating self-important teenagers.
Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character is so annoying. I want to beat her with her tennis racket.
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Saraso ...more
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