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Don't Look Behind You

(Crime Files #15)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,083 ratings  ·  150 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

Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I ended up really annoyed with this one. Honestly I thought that Rule just threw a bunch of stories together and the second story should have been cut from this in its entirety. It becomes a long meandering story about a man who in all probability killed his wife, but there was no resolution to the case. Some of the other stories in this volume I have read in other Rule books so I did feel a bit cheated after I got past the first two stories.

The first story in this one is about a man who I think
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Dec 06, 2011 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 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 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
J.H. Moncrieff
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always wonderful when you discover an Ann Rule book on your TBR shelf that you haven't yet read. I miss Rule so much. She was truly one-of-a-kind, a true crime writer with a gift for telling engaging stories while striving to help the people she wrote about. She had a huge heart, and her compassion shone through her writing.

The main case profiled in this book is a cold case that was finally solved when a long-dead body emerged, but the one that got to me the most was the story of Joann Hans
Lady ♥ Belleza
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 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. ...more
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. ...more
Jan 25, 2014 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.
Red In
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even read the first and longest story in this "Ann Rule's Crime Files" book, having been pretty familiar with it already from something I saw on TV. The rest of the book was okay, but not up to par for Ann Rule. I understand this was written towards the end of her life, so that may explain it being sub-par. I still enjoyed it somewhat, even though the 2nd longest story had no real resolution. ...more
Hannah Stephens
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: what-i-own
“You are the very first line of your own defense, and you can save your own life.”
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 Marie
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say it about any of Ann Rule's books, especially since she has passed away recently, but I did not like this one much at all. It had nothing to do with the writing, as that was fine, it was just that the particular cases in this group of stories were not very interesting to me. I let the book sit, only partially read, for nearly two years due to boredom with it. I still have a small amount of her books that I have not read as yet, and I do plan to read those, hoping for just more intri ...more
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 Mahon
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. ...more
Ronnie Cramer
I originally read this book five years ago (Oct 29, 2013). At that time I gave it three stars but didn't write a review. After reading it again, I'll stick with the three-star rating ('I liked It') but once again I don't have much to say about it. The book is a good, solid true crime work; not spectacular, but one that gets the job done. (Jan 21, 2019) ...more
The stories don't seem to be as interesting as these collections used to be. ...more
Diana Nagy
My favorite author...shes one of the best! Another great book as usual! Sad but true
Pamela Sewell
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Goodreads Giveaway. Ann Rule is deservedly known as the "queen of true crime." Her early career as a journalist and a serving police officer gave her insight and empathy, as well as access to many of the investigators involved who willing share their recollections. Her system of beginning in the childhood of both victim and perpetrators and narrating their story up to the point when their lives intersect with fatal consequences is compelling. This collection of cases focus on siblings whose sea ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Ann Rule book, and while it was interesting material (true crime murder cases!), I found it to fall short of my expectations. Since Ann Rule is a well-known best-selling author, I thought that her writing would be better. Perhaps I will try another Ann Rule book in the future with better expectations.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection of true crime "whodunits". What happened to the missing family man? Why did the elderly man commit suicide by carbon monoxide? Did he have a few actual skeletons in his closet? Find out by cracking this book open. The last few cases focus on rape cases, and how women can avoid being victims themselves. ...more
Laura Leilani
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Several case studies of murders from the 1970’s.
Well written and nice photos. I really like to see photos of the people in the case studies; it makes the case more personal. Also, it’s sometimes shocking. When you read about a gruesome murder, the dismemberment of the victims body, then you see the face of the perpetrator- a sweet, petite, dainty .... but I don’t want to give it away.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I wonder how people could remember things that happened 30 years in the past. Who came to the birthday party, what they talked about, who brought the steak. Hell, I couldn't remember what party I went to 5 years ago. ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoyed Ann Rule but had not read her for ages. Vol. 15 included 4 true crime cases. Yippee! I will have many more Volumes to explore, ponder, dissect and understand the evil that lurks among us.
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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

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)
  • Worth More Dead and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #10)

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