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Don't Look Away (Veronica Sloan #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  242 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews

Detective Veronica Sloan isn't shocked by much. Having lived through the worst terrorist attacks in history — which destroyed much of Washington, D.C. — she's immune to even the most vicious brutality. But even she is stunned by the discovery of a murder in the basement of the under-reconstruction White House.

Kindle Edition, First Edition, 270 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by LK Books (first published December 13th 2012)
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May 06, 2013 Liza rated it it was amazing
I love a really good mystery or thriller. I was lucky enough to get a review copy from the author through NetGalley. I actually purchased my print copy even before I finished reading my digital copy.

I absolutely loved Don’t Look Away! It is set in the future just enough years for all the technology to be believable without being too out there. I also love books set in the future, and this one was very well done.

Veronica Sloan is a totally kick-ass character and I loved her from the very beginnin
Nancy Steinle gummel
Don't Look Away by Leslie A. Kelly is a futuristic crime investigation. I believe it's year 2024. On October 22nd in 2017 domestic terrorists blew up the Washington monument, the White House and after they set up triage in the Washington Mall they blew that up too. The president was assassinated, not planned by an extra. All US Citizens are microchipped in the arms. 5,000 individuals were part of an experiment where they had an eye augmented so it can record everything and download it once a ...more

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I love a good crime drama. Maybe it's because my dad was a crime scene investigator while I was growing up and I've come to love the whole process of catching a killer. I don't know. But when I saw that this was a crime drama with a (semi) futuristic twist to it, I jumped at the chance to read this novel. And then I let it sit on my TBR shelf for months. Months and months. For some reason, I just wasn't inclined to pick it up. I think subconscio
Nov 20, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nov-13
Don't Look Away, by Leslie A. Kelly, is a thrilling romantic suspense that takes place in the not too distant future.
Detective Veronica Sloan, her partner Mark Daniels and FBI agent Jeremy Sykes team together when there is a gruesome murder in the sub-basement of the under-construction White House (destroyed in the worst ever terrorist attack of 2017) and the victim was a participant in a top-secret program. A program that the 3 cops are in as well.
Horrific murders, a love triangle, and nail-bit
Aug 04, 2013 Krystal rated it really liked it
This book was a good read. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Sometimes it was a little drawn out but overall I really liked it. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series.
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog. Note that unlike here, on the blog, links are live

This is Book 1 of the 'Veronica Sloan' series. I don’t know if Leslie Smith got married and decided to change her name, or got divorced and did likewise, or just wanted to separate her action-adventure name from her romance novels, but if it was the latter, it doesn’t seem to have worked since Don't Look Away is out under both her names! The 'Smith' attributed version is copyrighted to the Kel
Sep 15, 2013 Anorielt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erster Satz: Während Leanne Carr ermordet wurde, bemühte sie sich die ganze Zeit, die Augen offen zu halten.

Leslie Parrish ist für mich eine ganz besondere Autorin. Durch ihre Black Cats Reihe bin ich überhaupt erst auf dieses Genre aufmerksam geworden und seitdem lässt es mich nicht mehr los. Als ich gesehen habe das die Reihe nach drei Bänden abgeschlossen ist, war ich wirklich enttäuscht. Umso erfreuter war ich natürlich als ich gesehen habe das es eine neue Reihe der Autorin gibt. Etwas ver
***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

A murder is taking place in one of the sub-basements of the White House. The victim, despite the pain she is in, tries to keep her eyes open, knowing the last images she sees before her death might help identify her killer.

Her body is found in pieces with one important one missing—her head.

The detective assigned to the case is Veronica “Ronnie” Logan, the only D.C.P.D. detective qualified to deal with such a sensitive case. Because the victim was
Most debut novels can be disappointing, especially when it is a suspense thriller. Leslie A. Smith not only delivered in her first Veronica Sloan installment, she managed to surprise, intrigue and capture the imagination of her readers.

In Don't Look Away (Veronica Sloan, #1), Detective Veronica Sloan isn’t shocked by much. Having lived through the worst terrorist attacks in history—which destroyed much of Washington, D.C.—she’s immune to even the most vicious brutality. But even she is stunned b
Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
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Don’t Look Away manages to combine science fiction with a murder mystery to give us a highly engaging thriller. Set in a highly secure USA in the year, 2022, Leslie A Kelly’s book sees the country swaddled in a rash of security measures since the worst terror attack in human history decimated Washington DC and the White House in 2017.

Veronica Sloan, a tough cop from the DCPD, has the Optical Evidence Programme device im
Jun 08, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
“Don’t Look Away” has a fascinating concept. Set in Washington, DC in the year 2022, selected people have recording devices implanted in their heads. This experiment may actually make it possible for a murder victim to identify her own killer. Detective Veronica “Ronnie” Sloan is one of the few people with the special skills necessary to make the most of any of these experimental recordings. When the case gets complicated, Ronnie and her partner Mark Daniels get unwanted assistance from FBI ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
Sep 02, 2013 Mary Lou Hoffman rated it it was amazing
Received from: LK Books via (in exchange for an honest review)

After losing so many to the terroristic attacks on Washington, D.C. five years ago, Veronica Sloan won’t allow herself any committed relationships. She is a detective on the DCPD. She is also a member of an elite squad trained in the Optical Evidence Program. Her partner, Mark Daniels, has been implanted, but hasn’t been trained in retrieval using the program. After a brutal murder in the sub-basement of the under-recons
Paula Robinson
Aug 04, 2013 Paula Robinson rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!! Leslie Kelly really knows how to write those dark suspenseful thrillers. I just finished Don't Look Away, and I can't seem to slow down my heart rate. I need to breathe. Throughout the reading of this book, I had to remind myself to take a breath. I anticipated the moves of the killer, and tried to guess who would be next with each turn of he page, and BAM she would flip the script. I started out with a list of possible suspects, but I couldn't narrow it down until the last few ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Oct 16, 2013 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Seldom have I come across a book with such a hook for a start.

A victim. A killer and no way out. What more do you need?

Well then you need Veronica. A kick butt heroin with drive, determination and a partner to die for.
The thing is she has a crush on a fellow trainee, Sykes -- whom she has not seen for months.

When said FBI agent is allocated to the case the sparks begin to fly. With sexual tension rampant, a murderer on the loose with an agenda that makes the hair on your arm stand erect and a
Leanne Kale sparks
May 02, 2013 Leanne Kale sparks rated it really liked it
This was an exceptionally compelling story. The premise behind it, set in the future, after a terrorist attack that makes 9/11 look like it was planned by school kids, the country goes on super high alert, implanting its citizens with microchips containing vital (and very personal) stats. Some of the chosen few become part of an experimental program, OEP, which implants an ocular recording device on their eye. When the gruesome murder of a young woman, also a participant in the OEP program, is ...more
Boxy Frown
Jul 13, 2013 Boxy Frown rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This procedural thriller was set in the mid 20's future, five years post the worst terrorist attack in US history. Sloan and her partner Daniels are called in to take over a murder scene that happened under the site of construction of the new White House. A woman was brutally carved up and decapitated in the subbasement, but the woman was special-she was part of an elite group of citizens in the OEP program-as were Sloan and her Daniels. The Optical Evidence Program was a scientific mar
Silver James
May 13, 2013 Silver James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JD Robb fans, suspense fans
Don't Look Away is the series debut novel by Leslie A. Smith, a pseudonym of a best-selling author looking to branch out. Set in 2022, this dark suspense tale introduces the reader to Washington D.C. homicide detective, Veronica Sloan, her partner (Marc Daniels), and the FBI agent (Jeremy Sykes) she teams with. There's been a murder in the subbasement of the under-construction White House (destroyed in a 2017 terrorist attack)--and the victim was a participant in a top-secret project. A project ...more
A romantic suspense story set in the not too distant future. Terrorists have finally done their worst and America has closed ranks and gone batsh*t paranoid. Citizens are tagged and now some of them have volunteered to have their vision downloaded. Someone's killed a volunteer and our kicka$$ heroine is the detective who'll hunt for her killer.

One the suspense part I just have one thing to say: this is one of the few times that the author really took me for a loop in the guessing game. Every cha
Nick Turner
Murder thriller set in near-future Washington. In a United States scarred by a new 9/11-style terrorist attack on the Capitol, a young woman is lured to the basement of the new White House. There a masked perpetrator cuts up her body, taking her head as a souvenir.

Leanne was a participant in a classified program to record individual's vision. Police hope to find clues to who killed her by reviewing what she saw in the weeks leading up to her death. But first they must find her head! The program
Feb 14, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
A great start to a new series. I'm not usually into sci-fi futuristic type books, but this like JD Robb's In Death series isn't so far fetched that it is still enjoyable to read. This book has great characters and an intriguing mystery.....but is has some pretty gruesome parts to go along with murder mystery. The story is set in the early 2020's after another terrorist attack on US soil several years prior. The technology is fascinating and scary (I think) at the same time. Some reviewers have ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
Veronica is a DC Detective and a member of a select top secret group that have been fitted with a implanted device that records what their eyes see. The time is in the near future when terrorists have infiltrated the Washington Mall and White House tunnels and detonated massive explosions. Rebuilding is underway and security is tight with all citizens now sporting an implanted ID chip. When the secretary of the rebuilding project is found murdered in a White House sub basement Veronica and her ...more
May 21, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery readers, Eve Dallas fans
Don't Look Away is the first in a new detective series by Leslie Smith. Set in the near future, DC cop Veronica Sloan is paired with FBI agent Jeremy Sykes to catch a serial murderer. Brought together as participants in a futuristic top-secret project, they need to find out who is murdering other people that are involved in the same top-secret project. Sparks fly as the agents try to deal with not only the murders but also the new reality of life in 2017 after a terrorist plot has destroyed ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
Don't Look Away was such a great romantic suspense that I was thrilled to have received it from Netgalley. I loved the book, and was not surprised to find that the author also writes the Black CATs Series under the Leslie Parrish name. Her books are great under both names!

I thoroughly enjoyed the setting of Don't Look Away, and I thought the main characters, Veronica Sloan and Jeremy Sykes, were wonderful. The storyline kept me intrigued, and I couldn't put the book down. There was plenty of sus
Roxanne Reyes
Sep 12, 2015 Roxanne Reyes rated it it was amazing
Excellent and well written story that grabs you from the very first page. The author describes very vivid, detailed and gruesome murders so it is not for those with weak stomachs. The first chapter was incredible! The suspense, agony, fear builds up and it continues from there. There were sections of the novel where you could sense and feel the fear- the author is very talented and skilled. Honestly I am relieved that I am not a detective, special agent or a police woman because when they are ...more
Mary Lou Webb
Aug 18, 2015 Mary Lou Webb rated it really liked it
Good beginning to the series

The plot for this book was timely and grabbed my attention. I liked the main character, although, at times, I wanted to shake her and say, "Get over yourself!" The editing, while not perfect, was better than a lot of the books I've gotten through Kindle deals, and it wasn't bad enough to stop me cold. Fans of Lisa Hughey might enjoy these books.

The only thing I didn't like was the cliffhanger ending. I like each book in a series to be wrapped up in itself, then the f
May 11, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by how much I liked this book. I don't usually read a lot of suspense but I love Leslie Kelly's books and when I heard she was now writing these kinds of books I decided to try one. I am so glad I did! It was very chilling, but I loved the main character Ronnie as well as Daniels and Sykes. I was not sure which of those two I liked better at first but I ended up glad she seems to be ending up with Sykes.

The world the book is set in really gave me chills because it seemed
Jan 26, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked the futuristic parts of this novel and loved the policing and mystery part. It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I'm definitely looking forward to finding out what happens and to seeing if my guess is correct as to who the killer is. The three main characters are well written and the romance didn't take over the whole story. There was at least one part where I felt that the character could have put things together a little more quickly instead of falling into a trap, but all in all, I ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Gerri rated it it was ok
I love a good mystery. But this one was way too slow to get going. The investigation into the murder didn't get underway until like chapter 10 and there are only 17 chapters to this book. Only reason I keep. reading is because I wanted to know who and why.

Finally the last couple of pages and I have a question that I hope someone can answer....

Veronica's partner, Daniels was NOT an implantee. That's the reason they brought Sykes in. Daniels was assigned to work the non-OEP stuff. Soooooooooooo
Lisa Lopez
Jan 30, 2014 Lisa Lopez rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a good action packed mystery and thriller, this is a good one, but I will let you know there is a small cliff hanger for the next book and I am going to get that book! I don't like series, but this was well written. It is focused on a well thought out plot that I am told is similar to the plot line of a tv show called continum but that this is not about going back in time. There is a small love triangle, but it did not dominate the story, only added to the characters and ...more
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Leslie A. Kelly is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than fifty novels in various genres. She writes contemporary romances--usually funny and sexy--as Leslie Kelly. The middle initial--A.--means a thrilling, dark suspense novel, like one of her Black CATs or Veronica Sloan titles.

She lives in Maryland with her husband and their daughters.

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