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Don't Look Back

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,251 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she's long dreamed of—a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her ...more
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Published August 19th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jill 18+ ... there is only a few swear words, and only a 1/2 page or so of sexual content but violence is more prevalent than I think a younger audience…more18+ ... there is only a few swear words, and only a 1/2 page or so of sexual content but violence is more prevalent than I think a younger audience should be exposed to the violence and suspense is a big part of the story line.(less)
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Glenn Sumi
Aug 01, 2016 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many Goodreads friends have been raving about Gregg Hurwitz's latest novel, Orphan X, which was bought up by Hollywood (apparently Bradley Cooper is going to star in it) before it even hit bookstores.

I intend to get to that book soon. But when I saw Hurwitz's previous thriller at the library, I decided to read it first. How could I resist the synopsis: Single mom whose husband has left her for a younger woman goes on an eco vacation in the jungles of Mexico, stumbles across something sinister,
Tim The Enchanter
Aug 23, 2014 Tim The Enchanter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Suspense and Action Adventure
Recommended to Tim The Enchanter by: Sue
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An Adrenaline Rush! - 4 Stars

Be warned. Don't Look Back is not for the faint of heart. Gregg Hurwitz has written an action/suspense/thriller that gets the heart pumping and the juices flowing right out of the gate. The author wastes little time and begins to build suspense in the first 50 pages. Regardless of what anyone says about this book, the action does not slow down long enough to let you get bored.

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Eve Hardaway, a mother of one, finds her
Jul 15, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct-14
What A Rush!
Gregg Hurwitz's latest novel, Don't Look Back, takes us on a terrifying adventure through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.
Eve Hardaway, a member of a tour group, wanders off the trail while hiking and stumbles across a gruesome scene. In the distance a frightful man is throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Eve quickly discovers items belonging to a woman who has disappeared and the man in the woods is after whoever spotted his secret hideaway. This quick
Aug 16, 2014 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.0 out of 5 stars -- Adventure in the wild gone wrong!

Depressed and recently divorced from her cheating husband, Eve Hardaway leaves the comfort and familiarity of home behind to head off to Oaxaca in Mexico and some whitewater rafting and other activities in the isolated jungle and mountain area there. She accidentally gets herself involved in a mystery -- it seems that a woman who was recently a guest at the resort, and who had stayed in Eve's same assigned hut, left a few things behind in th
Sep 07, 2014 Skip rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Gregg Hurwitz should go back to writing about Tim Rackley. This book was pretty bad, like the last one I read. An Arab terrorist is living off the grid in Mexico, planning disaster for the U.S. A single mother, reeling from the perfidy of her husband, goes on an ecotour there and becomes Rambo, stretching credulity way too far even for a dedicated fiction enthusiast like me. The political ramblings of the terrorist were grossly biased and contrived that they were hard to stomach. Read Deliveranc ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3 stars.

“Don’t Look Back” by Gregg Hurwitz features Eve Hardaway, a mother and wife, who purchases vacation tickets to an ecolodge in Mexico so she and her husband can get away from the hectic events of everyday life. However, her husband, Rick has other plans. He is separating from Eve and by the end of chapter one, Rick is with a new girlfriend in Amsterdam. Eve continues to slog through life and decides to begin her new life sans husband Rick by taking that adventurous trip to Mexico. When Ev
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Jane Stewart
I wanted to buy the audiobook, but when I listened to the sample, I could hear the narrator's breaths. Cassandra Campbell is the narrator and is not using a microphone screen. Her breaths drive me crazy. So I didn't buy the audiobook, maybe I'll get the physical book later.

Narrators: Please use microphone screens. They are simple and inexpensive.
I received a copy of "Don't Look Back" by Gregg Hurwitz from the publishers, St Martin's Press via netgalley in return for an honest review. This is my first Gregg Hurwitz book, but I'll definitely be reading more. DON'T LOOK BACK is a super thriller with non-stop action and suspense. One novel you will not be able to put down, and will have you looking over your shoulder.

Eve Hardaway, a single mother, makes a decision to take a trip of a lifetime , a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles
Jaye Rothman
Mar 31, 2015 Jaye Rothman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book 5 stars why? I couldn't put it down. Eve is an ordinary woman, with an ordinary life and a young son. Until her husband announces he's going to leave her for another woman, who is younger and more "elegant" than she is. Eve decides to go on a holiday to Mexico that she had originally booked with her husband.She joins a tour group and they head to the jungles of Oaxaca, Mexico.
By page 33 (print copy) you know something really, really bad is going to happen. And it does! The s
Gail Strickland
Apr 07, 2014 Gail Strickland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will never, ever, not in this lifetime, take a trip to the jungles of Mexico to get out of my "comfort zone". I'm very happy here in my rut (otherwise known as MY comfort zone), thank you very much. :)
Nov 04, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This was a very good read kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end will read more of this Author
OK, here's the thing: I didn't love this book, nor did I hate it. I'm a bit ambivalent at this point. I had a few problems with the plot and even more problems with the villain.

You see, a bunch of people go on an Eco-tour of Mexico. All's fun until our central character Eve makes a discovery. Then we are reading a book that is very similar to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, only it takes place in an isolated part of the Mexican rain forest.

The villain - he is ruthless and relentles
Linda Wilson
Dec 02, 2014 Linda Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute humdinger of a story! I was on the edge of my seat right up to the end! Thirty something nurse, Eve, has planned an adventure holiday in Mexico to celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary. When her husband leaves her for another woman, she decides to go on her own anyway. Everything starts well. She is staying in a lodge on the edge of the jungle with a group of fellow travellers. The owners of the lodge, a married couple, organise exciting activities for the group. However, a ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, adrenaline
If you're looking for a page turning survival-adventure story set in the jungles of Mexico (so deadly insects, plants, and crocodiles not to mention weather that disrupts communication and tears out roads) with a group of ordinary tourists stalked by a terrorist, this is your book! Great escape--and I think better in audio, as Cassandra Campbell as heroine Eve Hardaway and Scott Brick as the vicious terrorist and male characters are simply splendid. Alternating readers and points of view dramati ...more
Pj Gamm
Jul 15, 2015 Pj Gamm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love this author, but I really did not like this book. I double checked to make sure I had the right author. The detail in the jungle, chapter after chapter, became cumbersome. I found myself glossing over many paragraphs mid-way through the book because I just wanted to finish the book. I also found the villain to be too over the top. The plot continually twisted in his favor, somehow he can cover the same terrain in 1/4 of the time, and every effort Eve makes is met with frustration. Just we ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced, action filled thriller by Gregg Hurwitz. It kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. The characters were great, Some, like the main female, Eve, as well as Jay and Will, were very likable, and others, including Sue and Harry, added depth to the story even though they weren't at all sympathetic. Then, there was the antagonist. He came across as pure evil, and very scary. The storyline was interesting, and filled with danger and adventure. Hurwitz really ...more
Debbie Krenzer
I received an e-galley free from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for the opportunity!

I love Gregg Hurwitz's books and this one definitely does not disappoint. The story opened with a little history and then, bam! You find yourself on a roller coaster heading up towards the top. The ride is a fast one with lots of hills. Just when you think there is no way the characters are going to get out of their predicament, bam! The ride turns a curve and y
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A can't catch your breath, dangerous, tension-filled, suspenseful thriller set in what is to many of us an."exotic" location, the Oaxaca province of Mexico. Eve, recently single and mother of a child with celiac disease, decides to persevere with her long-planned "anniversary" vacation, simply because Oaxaca is reputedly the safest region in Mexico, free of the violence, terrorism, and drug-culture elsewhere. However, she could not have expected a covert megalomaniac, nor stumbling into the myst ...more
Garrett Hamblin
Apr 11, 2017 Garrett Hamblin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it! It took about a third of the book for me to really get into it. At the beginning, it got a little to harlequin romancy for me. But the premise was incredibly inventive, weaving a tale of a soccer mom being not only lost in the jungle of Mexico but being pursued by a bloodthirsty terrorist hiding out. Two-thirds in and the pacing became intense. It became a cat and mouse with one being a psychotic Rambo. Scary good!
Apr 07, 2015 YYSP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10 cosas sobre Instinto primario:

1- Trata sobre la supervivencia en un lugar idílico de México (Oaxaca). Todo muy de vacaciones pero sin tener que soportar canciones de Enrique Iglesias y sí escapando del peligro.
2- Los capítulos están agrupados por días de la semana, de manera que a lo mejor 12 capítulos forman parte del lunes. Si se tratara de una saga, en vez de un único libro, y los juntáramos todos tendríamos un Boyhood literario. Empieza en viernes como tú a ser feliz.
3- El capítulo 26 es
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 08, 2014 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's no secret that I love to read thrillers. When asked for recommendations at the library, I offer up Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz as really good authors in this genre.

Hurwitz's latest book, Don't Look Back, uses a premise that I never tire of - an everyday person put into an untenable situation with everything on the line. Fun escapist reading, akin to watching action movies.

After a divorce, Eve decides to follow through with a planned trip to a wilderness escape in Mexic
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz is a highly recommended action/adventure thrill ride of terror.

When Eve Hardaway's husband dumps her for a younger woman and moves to Europe, leaving her and their son behind, she decides to push beyond her comfort zone. Instead of canceling the surprise trip she booked for their anniversary, Eve decides to go ahead and take the vacation to the Días Felices Ecolodge, an eco-tourism camp in the mountainous jungles of Oaxaca, Mexico. While out on a day excursion wi
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: I am a huge fan of Gregg Hurwitz and always look forward to reading his books. However this latest release proved to be something of a head scratcher for me. I picked it up and started reading about Evie who is struggling with her day to day life and responsibilities following the breakup of her marriage. She decides to give herself a break and take part in a hiking and rafting tour in Mexico.

Evie is determined to do something new and thoroughly enjoy herself before returning home to her son.
Nov 11, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
DON'T LOOK BACK (Pub. 2014) by Gregg Hurwitz is the first book I've read from this author, and an excellent read. I liked everything about this one. It's a slam-bang thriller coaster of a ride.

The story is set in the Mexican jungle, and features Eve Hardaway, a newly single mom with a seven-yr old son. She's been ditched for another, more glamorous woman, and left with two tickets to a long-planned rafting and hiking excursion, along with an itch for adventure. But she ends up in a situation she
Gloria Feit
The title derives from words spoken by a mysterious figure at the heart of this book, an exhortation not to be taken lightly. When the warning is ignored, in the early pages of the novel, it is the last mistake made by the woman to whom it is spoken. The man is lethal in a nearly unbelievable way, well-trained in jihadi tactics, and intent on only one thing: That no one must see him, no one must endanger his hard-won invisibility.

Our protagonist, Eve Hardaway, single mother of an adored 14-year-
Kerry Denney
Jun 13, 2014 Kerry Denney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual -- and as I've come to expect -- Mr. Hurwitz thrills and entertains with page-scorching intensity yet again. Starting out with subtle menace that quickly becomes a juggernaut achieving warp speed, DON'T LOOK BACK is a top-notch thriller rife with irresistible, non-stop action and suspense.

Mr. Hurwitz has that rare and commendable writer's ability to make you genuinely care about his protagonists, and thoroughly loathe his villains and ache to see them get their comeuppance with a vengea
May 20, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in Gregg Hurwitz's next book " Orphan X" but when I went back to read " Don't Look Back " , I knew I would like this one.
Eve Hardaway , a newly single Mom , has decided that she needs to get away for awhile.She leaves her 7 year old son , Nicolas in trusted hands and sets off for the Oaxaca mountains of Mexico. She joins a small group of tourists willing to explore and maybe go 'native' a little bit. Little does she knows that she will end up in the sights of a murderer livi
Jul 24, 2014 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After her husband leaves her for another woman and moves to Amsterdam, Eve Hardaway decides to go alone on the anniversary adventure trip she had arranged for them to the Mexican rainforest. She finds herself part of a mismatched group, including an older, haughty couple, a gay man and his straight best friend, and a cynical, crippled young woman.

While exploring the jungle paths near the resort, Eve sees a strange man throwing a machete at a human target and backs away. Then she learns another g
Ruth Ann
Eve Hardaway had an ordinary life. She was a wife and the mother of a seven year old boy. She had a job she liked, as a nurse. Then, shortly before her tenth anniversary, her husband told her he wanted a divorce, that he had been having an affair, that their marriage was stale.

Eve had an eco-tour in Mexico planned for her husband and herself for their tenth anniversary. She decides to go by herself as kind of a new start to the new life, which has not begun too well as she has taken a full-time
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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 17 novels, most recently ORPHAN X and THE NOWHERE MAN. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wol
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