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Don't Look Behind You (Crime Files #15)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,483 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews

Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent—a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don’t look behind you . . . run. Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly b
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Published November 29th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 20, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann Rule/true crime fans
I remember a time when I would tear through an Ann Rule like nobody's business. I don't know what has happened to her writing. This book felt like a chore to me and I was glad to see it end. Also, I don't care for her needlessly inserting herself into a story. In one of the stories, she mentions REPEATEDLY that her children attended school with the missing woman's children. This is NOT relevant, IMO, especially since she didn't know the missing woman, the children weren't friends, and she didn't ...more
Beth Gordon
I've read Ann Rule for decades. She has a great way of making even complicated true crime cases sound captivating. She connects with the victims and makes them very likeable.

For the past few true crime files, her passion for true crime seems to have diminished. It's almost like the author is going through the motions to fulfill a contract. She doesn't connect with the victims as well. There's not much background. The cases seem stale. Perhaps it's not Ms. Rule. Perhaps my reading interests have
Dec 06, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like her books but it just reminds me of all the crazy people out there and to keep an eye out for any suspicious characters when out in the public.
Dec 15, 2011 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ehh, you know. Just alright. Just alright.

I've read all Ann Rule's books, every one of them. Every Christmas a new one comes out and it's either in my stocking or I buy it at the airport for some fairly easy (although often disturbing) plane reading. The last few I've read just haven't held my interest - I'm not sure if the stories are less interesting, if her writing has changed (I don't think that's it), or if I'm just not that interested anymore, but, yeah. Just ok.

Now that I've finished it a
Jul 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Ann Rule's true crime books were first recommended to me by a friend who was serving as an assistant warden at Folsom State Prison in California. Tom told me that he felt Rule's books did an excellent job of portraying the criminal mindset. I came to like them because of the compassion she shows toward the victims of crimes--both those who are killed, and those who must find a way to survive their loss.

That being said, I struggled with this, the fifteenth volume of her Crime Files series. In lar
If you are familiar with Ann Rule’s Crime Files, you know that this is a compilation of cases. The first one is always very lengthy, normally about half of the book, and the rest are smaller. I can’t really give you a synopsis of the cases, I read this almost a month ago and kind of buzzed through it. What I will say is this, if you like Ann Rule’s writing, and her Crime Files, you will probably like this.

For those of you who feel (I’ve read the reviews) that she ‘phoned this in’, this was writt
Dec 11, 2011 Patsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ann Rule's books and have read all of them. She is an engaging true crime writer. My daughter thinks I have a dark side because true crime is my guilty pleasure! I haven't added all the true crime books I've read because there are simply too many and I've resold most of them over the years. Ann Rule is the best writer of all of them. She delves deep into the background of both the victims and perpetrators. This is what I find particularly interesting.
Jan 19, 2012 Indra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
The True Crime Files are like fast-food reading at times...they are always interesting and disturbing, but I don't know if this one will endure as much as some of the other volumes have in my mind. I couldn't say why exactly. It is difficult to read about rape cases, but it does teach readers to be alert and lock their doors!
Jan 25, 2014 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another 2.5. I read it because my next door neighbor from Washington knew the women Renee who killed and helped her brother cut up her boyfriend. The man was missing for thirty years before the murder was solved. My neighbor knew her when she had moved onto a rich man who owned a bail bond business. It just goes to prove you never know.
Valerie Sikes
I believe that Ann Rule's book should be required reading for any young woman. Many of the women in Ann's book are young, inexperienced, and naive especially about men. If just one person is helped by reading these books it would be worth it because a person cannot be too careful about who they start a relationship with.
Katherine Addison
*"North to Alaska": Puyallup WA 1978: The long-unsolved missing persons case of Joe Tarricone is solved when his bones are discovered buried in the backyard of a condemned house. A lengthy investigation eventually convicts his girlfriend Renee Curtiss and her adopted brother Nick Notaro (and their deceased mother) of murdering Tarricone, dismembering him and burying him.

*"Too Late for the Fair": Des Moines WA 1962: Rule is a clear, descriptive writer, but she isn't usually atmospheric. This case
A part of me wishes that serial killers were more frequent than within-the-family homicides, because Ann Rule's novels on Gary Ridgway and Ted Bundy are her two best.

However, this is the dilemma in reading true crime. Is it really ever okay to ENJOY what you are reading? I gave the Bundy book 5 stars, but I'm sure that many might disagree.

I've read several of Ann's Crime Files books, and as soon as I read them I generally forget pretty quickly what the stories were even about. I think that happ
Eva Leger
Dec 13, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-true-crime
I read this about a month ago and it was my first Ann Rule in quite some time. It did make me remember why she's always been my favorite t.c. author. I have a few on my shelves that I've missed and I need to get those finished this year hopefully.
I should have reviewed this right away when I finished but that just wasn't possible this time and now I forget what exactly I wanted to say. I know I wanted to mention a few things because I checked a few of the pages. I'll have to let it go\ though.
Rebecca Huston
Four creepy tales of abuse and murder. One story just creeped me out, one was too short to leave any real impression. The last one bothered me a lot and stirred up some unpleasant memories. Overall, not quite as good as other books in the series, but still better than most true crime books. Three and a half stars rounded up to four.

For the longer review, please go here:
Jennifer Bloom
I am not sure what is going on with Ann Rule lately. I have the found the last couple of books really lacking on something...perhaps she is losing her passion for the genre?? Or maybe when you write about demons for so long it becomes difficult to continue to write about them well. I will continue to stay a loyal fan, as I believe Ann Rule to be one of the best True Crime writers around...but I hope she comes out of the slump soon!
Erica Powers
As someone who read most of Ann Rule's early books, I'm just not as impressed with her new offerings. These books that contain multiple stories about cold cases from long ago just don't seem as exciting as her full-length exposes on more topical murders. This book did hold my interest and kept me from getting bored during a recent plane flight, but it's nothing I'll go back and re-read, as I did with Rule's other books. Just so-so.
Janis Gilbert
typical non-fiction murder mystery, but I like it.

Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent -- a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don't look behind Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encou
♥ Marlene♥
This book helped me remember why I am not a fan of her True crime cases.
The problem is that she writes these books a lot and that her stand alone books come out once every 4 years! or so. I prefer the latter.

Sorry to Ann Rule fans but I feel she is writing more to earn money now than that her heart is in it.

Even her first couple of true crime cases books, were so much better.

The last book she wrote and I loved was Too Late to Say Goodbye. A great read, but then I am talking about a book that was
Mirjam Penning
Jan 22, 2014 Mirjam Penning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This book has four true crime cases.
The first is called: North to Alaska.
It tells the story about a man named Joe Tarricone. He's basically had a good life, but after thirty years of marriage he divorces his highschool sweetheart. Then he happens to fall in love with a much younger woman. It will be his downfall. It takes quite some time before he is missed and years longer before the case comes to some sort of closure as in case solved. Besides Joe, there's another victim in this story. A woman
Judy A
Jan 19, 2013 Judy A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book title sends a strong message. Don't look behind you, look to your side and be aware of what you are doing. Sadly, that is the world we live in. Ann Rule writes about in four account in this book. The first stuck with me because I am familiar with the Tacoma, Washington area. Actually in the area at the time that I read her book. The Case of the Deadly Giant, which is one of the shorter stories was more interesting to me. It was very unusual and I think the murderer's height had a lot to ...more
Chris Demer
Apr 17, 2012 Chris Demer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Pretty typical Anne Rule. Engaging, tragic. Makes you wonder how some people can be so dumb/unaware of others' craziness and motives and the risks they are taking in relationships with them.
Story one: Stand-up Brooklyn guy marries his sweetheart and has seven children, while he drags her and the fam back and forth across the country in pursuit of various jobs, all of which get stale after a year or two. Finally he leaves (apparently with her blessing) as she refuses to move the tribe one more t
Don't Look Behind You is the 15th in Ann Rule's "Crime Files" series, most of which deal with several crimes from years past. In general, these stories sometimes lack the immediacy of her one-story books about current cases, which often bring victims back to life, in a sense, and restore them to the complex web of relationships they left behind in the world. It's understandably harder to create a complete, well-rounded picture of people and events from decades past.

In this case, I did not find m
Oct 16, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ABSOLUTELY LOVE ANN RULE BOOKS!!!! She is definitely, hands down the BEST CHOICE EVER to read when it comes to True Crime novels....who else would KNOW BEST first hand but an officer of the law how CRAZY people can be!!!! She has got to have a spine of steel to have dealt with all the crazies & then turn around and go back to write about them!!! I'm sure it will be another knockout group of stories from her!!!! this time I obviously got the "lemon" of one of her books...which for me i
Neil Mudde
Ann Rule has to be one of my favorite factial mystery writers, she goes way back, in fact she worked with Bundy on the West Coast, when the manned the phones in the emergency callers office,
Ann writes from a solid bacground of being in the Police force, being totally aware of the behind the scenes scenario in those places, has a respect for most detectives who are hard working persons, determined to find killers of innocent victims, Ann is determined to get rid of all those persons, and mostly g
Sep 10, 2012 Ginny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first learned about Ann Rule when she wrote "Small Sacrifices" about Diane Downs who shot her own children in my home state. I had seen Downs on a local show talking about the case and the hair on the back of my neck stood up when I sensed her guilt. The same thing happened to me when I saw Susan Smith on a news show talking about her two sons' death. I knew she was guilty and she eventually was convicted.

After "Small Sacrifices", I began to read more of Ann Rule's books. I particularly enjoy
First, a little about my 'love affair' with Ann Rule. The first Ann Rule book that catapulted me into the whole genre of 'true crime' was "Stranger Beside Me"; her fascinating depiction of Ted Bundy and her own ironic interaction with him as fellow volunteers at a suicide hotline. Her other earlier books that focus on one case were all mesmerizing to me. I was told some years ago that I'm too trusting of people so I thought I'd try out some true crime to see if this was an accurate observation. ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must agree with some of the reviews I read on here regarding this particular volume of Rule's crime files series. The first story was boring me practically to sleep and that has never happened to me with ANY of her previous titles. The second tale (Too Late For The Fair) was much better and the final 30-pages-or-less offerings were also page turners. I also found myself smirking when I read the acknowledgments and Rule's advice to women not to listen to the title of the book and to always look ...more
This was...okay, I guess. It had fewer cases profiled than some of her other "Crime Files" books and I didn't find any of them to be terribly exciting. Mainly I read it because it had a chapter on the Joan/Joann Hansen case, with plenty of new information which I used for my website. I read that chapter before the others and after that it was kind of a struggle to finish the book. I don't know why but for some reason Ann Rule's older books are SO much better than her more recent ones. I'll give ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always Count on Ann

As usual, Ann Rule does not disappoint in this collection of stories about crimes committed in the Northwest of Washington, primarily in and around Seattle. From the sad life and disappearance of a young mother more than fifty years ago to victims of a serial rapist who thought he looked like a movie star and a family that got away with murder, she provides us with examples of the existence of evil even disguised by a pretty face. Ann Rule makes our hearts beat faster as we fi
Apr 22, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay, but I have found that I usually enjoy Ann's one case books more than her crime files.
The first case in this book is about Joseph Anthony Tarricone by his girlfriend Renee Curtis and her half brother Nick Nataro in 1978.
TOO LATE FOR THE FAIR, case number 2, is the story of Joann Hansen believed murdered by her husband Bob when she tried to divorce him in 1962.
Also included in this book is THE CASE OF THE DEADLY GIANT about a pick up date in a bar that ended in the woman being
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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Other Books in the Series

Crime Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #1)
  • You Belong to Me and Other True Crime Cases (Crime Files, # 2)
  • A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #3)
  • In the Name of Love and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #4)
  • The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up (Crime Files, #5)
  • A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #6)
  • Empty Promises and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #7)
  • Last Dance, Last Chance and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #8)
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #9)
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