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Don't Look Behind You

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  3,873 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
April Corrigan's life is turned upside-down when she when she learns that her father has been working secretly undercover for the FBI. When his testimony convicts a notorious drug dealer, the whole family must relocate and enter the Federal Witness Security Program. April's entire way of life changes--not just her name. And when she attempts to communicate with her boyfrie ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1989)
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Jan 05, 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
Dec 02, 2011 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Paige  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.
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 th
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
May 31, 2010 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 24, 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
Courtney Gorges
Oct 24, 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
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.
Mary Gael
Sep 25, 2013 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
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
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.
Christine US
Lois Duncan seems to have an ability to write whiny irritating self-important teenagers.
Jun 08, 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.
May 25, 2011 Hattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great thriller.
Michele Brack
Yet another one from Lois Duncan, Don't Look Behind You.

This is a terrible title for this book. Given the subject matter, it SHOULD be called "Look Behind You At All Times, Because People Are Trying To Kill You And Your Family In Horrible Ways Because You Are A Whiny Bitch Who Can't Keep Her Fool Mouth Shut."

I kept wanting to punch the main character in the face throughout this book. Boo hoo, you had to leave your high school boyfriend (who started dating your best friend right after you left an
Natasha Mackay
In this book, i would have to rate the characters a 5, Because the characters are the most entertaining and i love how they have a whole family, not just singled out characters. They were the Corrigan family, a family of 6. A mother and father, the mother's name was Elizabeth, she was a children's book author. The father's name was George, he worked for Southern Skyways. They had two children named April and George Jr. April was the older one, in 11th grade, very athletic, played tennis and was ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 26, 2016 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the book I was expecting, the title and blurb made it seem like a super suspense story and she was going to have to become all badass but it's really just an average teen problems novel with a bit of a bad guy thrown in there. I still enjoyed it, and would recommend it as light reading.
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,
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
Danna Paredes
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Oct 10, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Don't Look Behind You
by Lois Duncan
Don't Look Behind You, by Lois Duncan takes place in present day starting in Virginia and ending in Florida. The story is about a high school star tennis player named April Corrigan. April's family enters the Witness Protection Program because her father was involved with an FBI undercover investigation. Once the criminals realized that Mr. Corrigan knew something about the investigation a hit man was hired to kill him. His name was
Silvana Segura
Don't Look Behind You by Lois Duncan was definitely out of all of the books I have read, one that I could not stop turning the pages because it was so scary. The whole story revolves around a girl, April Corrigan and her family being relocated, turning their lives upside down. Her father is a lawyer and has gotten himself into a big mess. He accidentally gets himself involved with legal issues, him not taking part in them, but witnessing them. To protect him and his family from threats from crim ...more
paola mendez
Feb 05, 2011 paola mendez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already finished this book. Very interesting book. its basically about this girl called April which has a perfect life. Until one day which she found her grandmother afterschool waiting for her to tell her that they were in serious problems. Her father got in trouble which had to do something with the government and they were trying to kill him and their family. Someone was after them, and that person was called Mike Vamp. Vamp was for his eyes whiched looked like a vampire and all the things ...more
Lani H
Plot Summary-
"Don't Look Behind You" by Lois Duncan is about a teenage girl name April who has everything you could ever want. She has a loving family, great friends, a good school, good grades, and a handsome boyfriend. She also is an amazing tennis player, won state, and was on her way to the championships. Life sounds like it's great for her, right? Everything she has ever loved and worked for is all over once she realizes that her family and her must disappear into the Federal Witness Securi
Athena Sweeney
I've been a fan of Lois Duncan's work since middle school and I still listen to the audiobooks of her stories while I'm working (nostalgia, mostly, but they're still pretty engaging all the same)
I liked this one a lot more when I was younger, though the main character never really won me over. After coming back to it some years later, I realize that you're really not supposed to be on April's side from the beginning.
If you look at it from the point of view of a girl facing unfair adversity and
I read this a million years ago in jr high, but I thought it might make a good read aloud. I used Down a Dark Hall with my lit circle groups & they enjoyed it (one of them fist pumped when he realized this was the same author!)

Update from the end: not a spectacular read aloud. It might make a decent book for literature circles or something, but it's pretty slow at the beginning and nothing much happens until the last 30 pages. Also, it has been "updated" in the clumsiest fashion: everyone ha
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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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