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Don't Look Back

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Sinead has been taunted by her manipulative brother Patrick all her life. Now he is missing. But he hasn't stopped messing with her. Compelled to search for him by her overbearing mother, Sinead discovers a trail of sinister clues which she knows Patrick has left for her. They lead her to Benedict House: a place where time stands still and nothing is as it seems. There she ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 28th 2013 by Quercus (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
For this review and more my blog

I am a massive fan of mystery thrillers so on paper Don’t Look Back seemed like a good idea. The story line is original and I was instantly interested. But the reality is that this book is a bit of a mess. It was all over the place and I only got to the end because I had to know what the mystery was.

Firstly this books big problem is that it doesn’t quite know what it wants to be, it is a mystery, a romance, a family drama, with a big dose of religious/supernatural
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book – the mythology, the psychological tension, the spooky atmospheric settings and heart stopping romance. I totally bonded with Sinead and found her the most credible protagonist I’ve come across for ages. She’s flawed which made me like her even more. She has good intentions but is sometimes unfeeling yet the reader understands exactly why she’s this way. Sinead is on a journey to find herself as well as her damaged brother and the clock is constantly ticking for ...more
Carla Geraldes
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog
Este livro tinha tudo para o classificar com 4 ou mesmo 5* até chegar ao fim.
Um história bonita, com suspense, um pouco de "terror", tinha tudo para me conquistar. o que conseguiu até chegar às últimas páginas e a história ter dado a volta que deu. Acredito que, no fundo, seria o fim previsível para o tipo de narrativa que é, mas eu não o esperava, o que me deixou um pouco desiludida.
No entanto, para quem gosta de livros de suspense com um com fantástico, é um livro que aocnselho.
Francisca Raquel
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

When I was introduced to the "don't look back" by S.B. Hayes the first thought I had was that the cover of this book is very strange, and I was wondering if your content was supernatural, and when I read the blurb I didn't wait too long to start reading. Everything in this book is serious reading indicated that fantastic, and really was. S.b. Hayes showed me which is super talented to have imagined a psychological supernatural thriller extremely intense and at one point, scary.

"Don't look back"
Sally H
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don’t Look Back caught my attention because of the crime thriller cover. I didn't know what to make of it when I first began to read. It's definitely creepy and there are huge themes going on – destiny, redemption, the circle of life, the timelessness of love - that kept me keep me turning the pages. I have to take issue with Sinead's witch of a mother who's simply too horrible to be true, but I found the other characters to be credible. Sinead's spikiness is nicely offset by Harry. Patrick mana ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Supernatural Mysteries/Thrillers
Thoroughly unsettling. Not really sure how I feel about this book to be honest. Interesting characters, compelling storyline but ultimately just confusing. Was that a happy ending? Was it even an ending? So, so confused. Which I think was the author's intention. There were a lot of religious undertones. Some I got, some I didn't but I was mostly surprised because I wasn't expecting there to be a supernatural/mythical element to this. I thought it was going to be more contemporary, real thriller. ...more
Jennifer Carolo
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Jennifer by: Rita Martinho
Adorei, não estava nada à espera de que o final fosse assim, mas gostei imenso exatamente por isso, ela deu-me o que eu queria mas não da maneira que eu queria.
Recomendo sem duvida alguma e agradeço desde já à Rita por me ter recomendado a mim!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book, thoroughly enjoyed it would recommend.
Dri ✰
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
So what is this book? Romance? Paranormal? Detective? Whatever the hell it is, it's not doing a very good job.

Sinead is so completely awfull at being a human being it's almost laughable. She completely hates everything, her life is comically horrible and her one-dimensional mum can only love her completely insane brother. She doesn't stop and think that maybe she should listen to her Friend That Totally Loves Her But She Doesn't Want Any Love, while he asks her to stop being an idiot and play a
Geoffrey Arnold
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Sinead's brother, Patrick, has gone missing. He's not a nice guy - manipulative and controlling - but he is her brother and there is a compulsion to find him when she hears his whispers in her mind.

It's weird and spooky. Sinead has to continue the search for Patrick against strong opposition from Harry, her boyfriend, who considers it too dangerous - especially when there is no evidence that Patrick has ever been to the haunted manor and its overgrown garden to which she is repeatedly drawn.

Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, favorites
Good reading. The ending was genius, even though the romance kinda ruined things a bit? It was too fast, kinda forced, kinda too dramatic, but the rest is just amazing - the whole plot is well-thought and well-developed. If it wasn't for the whole drama between the characters Sinead&James, I'd give five stars to this. I just wanted to see more of Patrick - maybe it would be a good idea for the author to write a spin-off about the character, I was very curious about him and thirsty for more o ...more
Rebecca :)
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
No offence to the author, but this book is stupid. I got annoyed with the main character on the first page, as I didn't understand why she had to do what her brother said all the time even though he was dead. That makes no sense at all, but that's as much as I could understand. It was a pointless plot with infuriatingly annoying and weird characters. I'm amazed that I got as far as Chapter 6 before throwing the book on the floor in despair.
In my opinion, do not waste your time on this book.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow... this book was awesome. very well written. I love that the main character has flaws and that she is well aware of them. this story unravels at such an amazing pace. it had me gripped right from the first page. I can't stand Sineads mother... she's vile but apart from that it was freakin' awesome. so creepy and eerie and that plot twist?! I did not see that coming but the ending was absolutely brilliant. Highly highly recommend this book! 5 stars from me! :)
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro bem interessante, um pouco diferente, estranho mas eu gostei.
Fantasia e muito dramático e de rápida leitura.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-buy
The ending was a bit confusing but the atmosphere was amazing.
Stephen King
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: various
I'm afraid I found this rather pretentious, with stilted, tired prose and dialogue (especially during the 'love scenes'') reminiscent of Mills & Boon. I blame the editor as much as the author - there was a lot of angst and descriptions of mobile woods that we could have done without, and I'm not convinced that the character of Harry served any real purpose. The basic premise of the plot is good - just not the end result. If you're writing a dark gritty novel about big issues - love, death, t ...more
Sisilia Lo
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was a very unique idea. Who would have thought a game would be the main point of the story. It has a strong meaning behind this story. Its the power of true love, it will bound to people together forever never leaving one behind. It also describes how all children needs attention from their parents. The mother of patrick in this book has given patrick all her attention leaving none for sinead. Sinead is always blamed whether it is her fault or not. This book has given me a new ...more
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a bit confusing... I didn't really get a couple of the religious undertones that were implied, but then again, the mystery was good, character development stood out, and the writing was pretty good too. The summary of the book is pretty intriguing, and even the beginning is well paced.
However, the ending left me baffled. What was ending? was it a happy ending? or was it a sad one? or was it even an ending in the first place? No, I'm not sure of that answer, because though this book was a
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel is much too good for teenagers!! Pinched it off my daughter and couldn't put it down. Definitely a page-turner, I loved the romance. From the blurb, I never would have guessed that Sinead's quest to find her brother would put her soul in jeopardy. I loved the link with Orpheus, Eurydice, Cerberus and all the Latin clues.
A tight, intelligent plot with great characters kept me on edge until the brilliantly unexpected ending!
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gothic, young-adult
Unimpressed with this book. It was all a bit messy with a clash of mythology and inconsistant characters. The best character was Patrick and he (view spoiler).
It's a pity because it sounded interesting before I read it but it basically doesn't do what it says on the tin.
Jennifer Carolo
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorei, não estava nada à espera que o final fosse assim, mas gostei imenso exatamente por isso, ela deu-me o que eu queria mas não da maneira que eu queria.
Recomendo sem dúvida alguma e agradeço desde já à Rita por me ter recomendado e emprestado o livro.
Francesca Tomlinson
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was really good liked the way that the clues that sineads brother left her were like a tresaure map . Also liked the gree mythonloy. It should be made into a flim deffintley better than the 1st book by the same author , must read
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book when I started it. But after the first few chapters I was absolutely drawn into the story. It was really, really good. If there is ever going to be a movie of this book, I want to see it. :)
Carlos Hipólito
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro fantástico, a cada página lida, juntava-se a vontade de ler mais e mais sem parar.
O fim, foi uma desilusão. Esperava outro tipo de final, com tanto romance nas ultimas partes... e depois um final sem qualquer romance. A Patrick, obviamente já se saberia o que lhe teria acontecido.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book in the begging was slow but got fast and interesting really quick which was good. Ending phenomenal I loved the ending with Sinead and James
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I loved the characters and it was very mysterious. I would recommend it to people that enjoy mysterious and slightly frightening stories...It has some scary moments
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A wonderfull good book with lots of Greek mythology in it. I loved it.
SJH (A Dream of Books)
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Tayane Cristie
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Que leitura frustrante, afe >.<
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