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She died.
You’re next.
Now he’s coming for you
Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…
As Jen starts to uncover the past, some/>Now/>You’re
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 24th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Lou
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having found Amanda's previous novel The Bad Mother surprisingly compelling, I was excited to see whether this would live up to my expectations, but it actually exceeded them. Don't Turn Around is a quick, entertaining read full of unpredictability, twists, turns and red herrings. This is an intricately plotted, clever page-turner, and there are a few emotive scenes and sensitive subjects that Brooke depicts respectfully and sympathetically. With lies, secrets, deceit and deception this is a gri ...more
Pauline
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Turn Around by Amanda Brooke is a psychological thriller.
Jen's cousin Megan committed suicide after she failed her A levels and could not get a place at university. Megan's family are devastated and blame Megan's boyfriend Lewis of causing her suicide and accuse him of abusing her.
The family open a helpline called Lean on Me where Jen now volunteers to answer the telephone. Jen wants to find out what really happened to her cousin and will stop at nothing including stalking Lewis.
I f
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Mandy White
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book that was! Not the easiest of reads as it touches on some very tough subjects. It is emotional - made me so angry at times as well as sad. The characters were real and the story was great. I stayed up late to finish this one.

10 years ago Jens cousin Meg killed herself when she was unable to escape an abusive relationship. The family blamed the boyfriend who has now returned to town. In the 10 years since Megs death the family have started a helpline to try to sto
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Eva
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good grief! What an emotional rollercoaster ride this was. It took me several moments to recover from the devastating storyline Don’t Turn Around focused on.

Ten years ago, Meg killed herself. Her mother Ruth and cousin Jen have always believed Meg saw no other way to escape the abusive relationship she was in with her boyfriend Lewis. But lack of proof meant Lewis was never brought to justice. Now, Lewis is back in town and the helpline where Ruth and Jen work starts receiving fright
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Sarah
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent and easily one of my favourites. It was a heartbreaking story about Meg’s suicide. Told by Meg’s mother and cousin. It had me hooked straight away. It had a variety of topics which were dealt with well and I’m glad the book highlighted real life situations like domestic abuse, suicide and loss. The book had the most twists and turns I’ve ever read in any book. I was shocked so many times. You change your mind frequently during the story but the reveal really shocked me an ...more
Debra
It must be the season for slow burning thrillers, which I do love to read. In this story, we follow Jen. Jen's cousin committed suicide ten years ago and Jen has not yet made her peace with it. With her aunt, Jen works and helps run a helpline for victims of domestic abuse. We follow Jen as she suspects that either Meg is not dead or someone is playing a cruel trick on her. Mix that with the fact that Meg's old boyfriend is back in town, that means Jen is constantly on edge and waiting for somet ...more
Susan Hampson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Ten years ago when Meg took her own life, after being unable to escape an abusive relationship, some of her family's way of dealing with it was to try to give troubled women someone to listen to them and let them know they weren't on their own. The family set up a help line called Lean on Me, where I am sure over the years they had saved many lives but when a new caller seems to be going down the exact path that Meg did it rings alarm bells. Could the monster that drove Meg to ending her life be ...more
Stephen Donovan
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of thriller that I just love to read. It is a powerful, unpredictable, and occasionally emotional story with a compelling plot that impressively explores a number of challenging issues. It kept me engaged throughout with its mix of complex characters and ever-present suspense.

I will admit that I thought I had this book all worked out a long way before the end, only to be proved wrong. Some of my theories hit the right notes, but when the final dramatic twist was reve
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Sheri
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Megan killed herself at the age of seventeen. In the present day, Jen works for a helpline, Lean On Me, set up by Megan’s parents in her memory in order to support young women in difficult situations. When Megan’s former boyfriend, Lewis, arrives back on the scene and at the same time the helpline begins getting calls from a woman apparently in the same situation as Megan, Jen feels driven to take action... and begins to question what she really knows about what happe ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even after 10 years, the pain of lose is still there.

It is 10 years since Jen’s Cousin Meg killed herself. Meg was in an abusive relationship and she couldn’t escape.

Now Jen and Meg’s Mum and Dad are fighting to keep the phone line opened in Meg's name running. Meanwhile, the hated boyfriend is back in town and could open old wounds and old secrets.

A harrowing story of suicide and abuse that will have you crying and a heartache no one should have to endure. ...more
Ameerah☆
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
⭐ 4.5 stars.

Woah. This book was so intense and emotionally packed. I'm still trying to gather my thoughts. The ending just blew me away.

The book touches on many sensitive subjects such as; mental abuse, suicide, bereavement, and rape. Amanda did such a fantastic job of telling this difficult story, in a respectful and sensitive manner. It was very emotionally charged at times but understandably so. It had me enthralled from the very beginning and continued to captivate me as the sto
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Louise
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Physchological thriller which includes lots of difficult subjects such as Abuse, Suicide and Bereavement. I felt the first half of the book was quite slow and i had to push myself to read on. I also felt the switches between the two Characters confusing at times because they were both quite similar. I am glad that i read on in the end because there were some amazing twists and an explosive ending. Although this book wasn't one of my favourites i would say it is worth a read.
Lu Etchells
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I think it’s safe to say that Psych Thrillers are kind of my thing … but sadly, this one just wasn’t. I really struggled to get in to this, and found the first 356 pages or so akin to wading through treacle. I don’t bail on books, but this is one that seriously tempted me to!

Sadly I’m not entirely sure what the problem was, other than it was a bit slow. There felt like there was a lot of (repetitive) scene setting, and background information that just went over and above what was nee
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Amanda
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Amanda’s (nice name by the way) since I picked up her first book a little while ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her previous books and I had high hopes for ‘Don’t Turn Around’. I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved ‘Don’t Turn Around’ but more about that in a bit.
I really felt for the character of Jen. She was especially close to her cousin Meg and in fact they were more like sisters than cousins. Both seemed to ‘get’ the other one. Meg commits suici
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Megan Jones
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship. Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have know. As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate?

What a twisting, sickening read this is, 'Don't Turn Around' is by n
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Serena Louise
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This is my first novel of Amanda's and it did not disappoint! I have to say the novel both equally thrilled me with the twists and turns and equally annoyed me as the MC in the book does my actual job in real life.
The novel is packed full of emotion and there is a constant ghost of Meg lingering between the pages and a constant sense of longing throughout. I did not see the truth coming which is a huge thing I find for psychological thrillers but none of the content shocked me or moved me
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Michelle
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
She died.

You’re next.

Now he’s coming for you.

Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.
Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…

As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woma
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Nicki Southwell
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lean On Me is a charity run helpline run by volunteers. Set in Liverpool, a family and friends struggle to understand why a young girl took her life. They do not want to feel other lives are at risk because there is no-one to talk to.

Meg McCoy was found hanged at her home a short time before her 18th birthday. It is not just her immediate family who are struggling with the aftermath some 10 years later, but her best friend and cousin Jen. She lives with Charlie who was also at school
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
DON'T TURN AROUND tells the sad story of Meg, a seventeen-year-old who committed suicide. Now it's ten years later, but her family are still trying to deal with it. The main characters are Jen (cousin), Charlie (Jen's boyfriend), Ruth (Meg's mum), Geoff (Meg's dad), and Lewis (the big bad?!)

The story itself seemed quite straight forward, with the 'secrets' being quite easily recognisable, although the way the story twisted and weaved itself made it a good read. Lewis is cast as the t
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Maggie
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ten years ago Meg committed suicide leaving behind grieving parents as well as her cousin Jen who had grown up with her & had been almost like a sister. Meg had died trying to escape an abusive relationship & after her death, Ruth- her mother, set up a helpline for those in similar circumstances. It has been good for both Jen & Ruth. Now seems to be a good time for Geoff & Ruth to retire & as there have been less calls, time to wind down the helpline.

When Lewis, t
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Sarah
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t turn around Amanda Brooke
Wow! Gripped doesn’t begin to cover how I feel about this book! This emotionally packed story about the death of Meg weaves its twisty way, told alternately by Jen, her cousin, and Ruth, her mum. It starts towards the end of the story, mysteriously giving hints of what is to come and then flashes back to the start of the unravelling. Reflecting back over the 10 years since her death, we see the impact she has had on the lives of those closest to her and how they t
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Saarah Niña
A crushing book that will leave you breathless- staggered. Lost. In physical pain. There's too much happening and, especially with how wildly provoking it all is- particularly towards the end- you can understand why Amanda Brooke found it a difficult book to write. You can't leave this book the same way you found it.

There are serious topics addressed: this is a story about a young woman frequently misunderstood. A mother's grief. A family's turmoil. After all, a tragedy touches everyone.

Not an
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Aparna
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Meg committed suicide 10 years ago, after being trapped in an abusive relationship. Her family have set up an abuse helpline to aid people in a similar situation. But Meg’s ex boyfriend moves back to the city, and the helpline keeps getting calls from a woman trapped by a man who is committing very similar crimes to what Meg fell victim to. 10 years on, Meg’s family try to piece together what really went on, and what/who led Meg to suicide.

A well plotted psychological thriller, narrated by Meg’
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Elisabeth Soane
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2019
This book kept me guessing from page one until the last page and I loved it.
Meg took her own life ten years ago and since then the family has tried to keep her memory alive. It was Meg’s abusive relationship that led to her death and now the abusive boyfriend is back.
The book is written, in alternating chapters, from the perspective of Ruth, Meg’s mother and Jen, her cousin and best friend. Both still have questions about what happened.
Halfway through I thought I had it all fig
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Sarah Haque
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Jenifer's cousin Megan attempted suicide 10 years ago. It changed her life in ways she could not describe herself. She and Megan's parents believe that Meg's boyfriend was abusing her and this was reason why Meg had to suicide. Years after, when Lewis came back, Jen panicked. But was everything really as she believed it to be?


This is a difficult book. It deals with abuse, rape, suicide - at least it wasn't difficult to read. All of these tough topics were handled well. I can't say I loved it bu
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Claire Thake
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of Amanda Brooke’s work, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book!

This book firstly touches on some difficult subjects, namely suicide and abuse. Meg committed suicide after failing her exams and not getting into university although her family have always blamed her boyfriend. Ten years later, the family now run a helpline where megs cousin Jen is a volunteer, who is determined to find out exactly what happened to Meg.

This was a good phy
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Chrissie
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Turn Around is a story that centres around a domestic abuse helpline ,set up by Ruth in memory of her daughter Meg who sadly took her own life 10 years ago because of abuse .Ruth is helped by Jen , her niece who was the best friend of Meg.I found the story a little slow until the middle but then once it picked up pace it was very good .The story is told through Ruth and Jen which I quite liked revisiting the past ,wondering what could have been different .There are twists and turns ,all is ...more
Donna
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book as I have al her previous books, it has exactly what you need from a book; great storyline and characters, thrills and secrets along with great twists.

I was on the edge of my seat throughout and devoured it in one sitting!

Around 10 years ago a 17yr old girl called Megan killed herself and she was in an abusive relationship at the one. Her cousin has set up a helpline to aid other people in the same situation as her cousin Megan. They start getting phone ca
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Laura
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book by Amanda Brooke I read and I think she is getting better and better. Her books I have read so far are a cross between a psychological thriller and a domestic drama and they are quite compelling.
The plot is about a teenager who 10 years previously had killed herself, now her mother and cousin are still working for the helpline started to help victims of relationship abused. Her family, in fact, believed that she had killed herself because of the abusive relationship with
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Hannah Symonds
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read one of Amanda’s books before, her storyline’s seem to be intriguing and a little bit different to other books I have read. This one kind of centres around a domestic abuse helpline and we see the web unfold into a haunting tale. I felt that the beginning was a little slow but soon picked up towards the middle.
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Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter, Jessica. When her three-year-old son died from cancer, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration. Yesterday's Sun is inspired by her experiences of motherhood.