Never Look Back
Some people deserve to die. Others never should have been born at all.
In 1975, 15 year old April Cooper and her 18 year old boyfriend embark on a week-long killing spree that results in the deaths in a dozen innocent people in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley. Was April a willing accomplice or a victim herself, abducted by an obsessed psychopath and forced into c...more
In June 1976, teenage couple, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a 13 day killing spree in California, ending in them both perishing in a fire.
Quentin Garrison is working on a podcast called Closure, based on the idea that even though the murders occurred more than forty years ago they still impact the lives of the survivors and their descendants. And, Quentin is one of them – his aunt was one of the victims.
Film columnist, Robin Diamond receives a strange phone call ...more
How well do you know those closest to you? Perhaps you think you know everything about your loved ones, but you may be surprised. Everyone has ...more
When someone is that close, you don’t just hear a whisper. You feel it.
She clutched a skittish little terrier in her arms that yapped and yapped, as though it had been born into the wrong life and was desperately trying to alert the world about it.
And then I saw it happen: Officer Nelligan recognized us. I knew it before he said anything, just in the way he stopped talking, the way his back straightened, and he seemed to change shape, growing bigger and taller and meaner than he’ ...more
I am giving this unique thriller/ coming of age novel 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4.
The book opens with a letter written by April Cooper in 1976 to her future daughter explaining that her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel killed her stepfather and pressured an unwilling April to go into hiding with him. Unsurprisingly, Gabriel is way more unstable than 15 year old April could have ever imagined. It wasn’t long before their “laying low and hiding” turned into an infamous killing spree through Sou ...more
Told in dual timelines, we learn about teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy, via April's journal. In present day, we learn that podcast host Quentin Garrison think ...more
Quentin is a podcaster working on a his latest podcast called Closure and it is intensely personal. He is the son of someone affected by the Inland Empire Killers. April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. When he stumbles on some proof that April might still be alive he goes to investigate it.
When Robin is contacted by Quentin she thinks he is crazy, but he does get her thinking right up until her parents are shot in the their house. Everything changes after t ...more
Quentin Garrison is working on a true crime podcast about a series of murders from the 1970s, committed by a teenage couple. Quentin thinks April, the female of the murderous couple, is the mother of Robin Diamond, a website columnist. At first Robin thinks this is ridiculous. But the more she looks into it, the more she's unsure of her conviction.
This is one of those books where very early on, you're SURE you know what the twist is and y ...more
Quentin is preparing a podcast Closure of a murder that took place 40 years earlier. This is personal for Quentin.
Quentin is certainly stirring up the past .
This book grabs you from page one and does not let go.
I don't want to say too much about this book, you have to discover the truth for yourself.
Please take time to read the author's notes at the end of the book. Makes you think even more.
If you have not read anything by ...more
In 1976, teenagers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a killing spree in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Twelve people—some known to the killers, some random victims—were killed before the couple died in a fire at a religious compound.
While the story of the murderers was tabloid fodder for a while and they even were the subjects of a made-for-television movie, they soon faded into the p ...more
There are all sorts of sayings about not being able to know where you’re going until you know where you’re coming from. At the same time, there are plenty of sayings about looking forward and not looking back.
This is a book about when happens when you look back a little too hard and a little too deeply. Because when you undermine the foundations of your life, pretty much everything gets washed away in the resulting flood.
It’s also a story about just how sma ...more
In 1976, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy set off on a thirteen day murder spree and became known as the Inland Empire Killers. They were both thought to have perished in a fire until decades later when April is recognized and a young podcast producer, Quentin, investigates. His family was directly impacted by the killings and he hopes finding closure will help him get past the demons that ha ...more
Quentin has a connection to a couple of murdering teens who ripped through Southern California in the late 70's. Determined to find Closure to what happened, he decides to embark on a podcast to investigate the survivors of the people who lost their lives all those years ago. Also, Robin Diamond's parents are recent victims of a home invasion making her question how well she knows ...more
Quentin Garrison is working on his newest podcast project in hopes of finding some measure of peace about his conflicted relationship with his mother. His family's history is deeply intertwined with a murderous spree killing that took place in 1976. Teenagers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy murdered twelve victims before dying in a fire at a commune. Quentin never ...more
In 1976 teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California. Now forty years later true-crime podcaster Quentin Garrison is looking into the pair for a show he has named "Closure" because that is what he is hoping to find. The pair killed his mother's little sister and he blames them for his mother's drug abuse and tearing his family ap ...more
How well do you really know those closest to you? Is there a possibility that you husband is having an affair? Are your parents harboring devastating secrets?
Strange occurrences seem to be circling website columnist, Robin Diamond, things that make her wonder which part of her life could have been real and which part is fiction.
It starts with the strange actions of her husband, is he having an affair? Is their marriage about to come crashing ...more
Never Look Back was a fine read overall. While it wasn't the most thrilling book I've ever read, it had some interesting plot developments at the end that I didn't see coming. That being said, some of the "twists" were a little predictable. I felt like there just wasn't much going on for quite a bit of the book and was a little bored. I did like how this book goes back and forth with the pre ...more
Never Look Back is a fast-paced, fun twisty and action-packed story that had me on the edge of my seat trying to piece together how everyone was connected to our teenage couple serial killers her ...more
Told in dual timelines and from multiple POVs, Never Look Back tells the story of teen murderers and that one of them might still be alive. The past timeline is told entirely from April's-one of the teen murderers- POV, from her journals. The present timeline starts with a podcast host Quentin's POV, where he states that April may be alive. Quentin's journey to finding the truth about April leads him to Robin.
It seems ...more