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Never Look Back

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  85 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 4th 2019 by Orion (first published July 2nd 2019)
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Stars all the Way!

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
Kim ~ Traveling Sister
Wow! Just flipping wow! This book captivated me from the very first page and never let up. Sometimes a book starts out with a bang and you think that surely the author will not be able to keep up that type of intensity all the way through the book, well this one does. This book was not on my radar and yet it is one of the best I have read so far this year!

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
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

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’
Alison Gaylin, you are an amazing writer. Kudos to writing such a beautifully told mystery/thriller— Never Look Back is a fun, dark, ride! In the same vein as the podcast Serial or the Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski, we are taken on a podcaster's journey to find the truth. Quentin Garrison has begun producing his podcast, Closure, where it will center around murderous couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy—a duo that invoked multiple murders during the 1970s, including April's own father! ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

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
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
So good!!!!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Website columnist Robin Diamond is shocked when crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison contacts her and implies that Robin's mother was involved in a couple of murders back in the 70s. Robin is quite sure that this is impossible, but she can't help wondering why she knows so little about her mother's past. There is no way her mother could have participated in a murder spree. And, beside both killers are dead, so there is no way her mother could be a killer. Then, tragedy strikes when someone br ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I became a huge fan of Alison Gaylin's when I read her novel What Remains of Me, my adoration only grew when I read If I Die Tonight and now, Never Look Back has turned me into a raving super-fan. Gaylin does an excellent job of driving the plot, creating true suspense and tension and not meandering from the story at hand.

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
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about complex family dynamics! After finishing, my head is still reeling and I need an index of all the characters. While I did have most of the story figured out I still managed to stay engaged the entire way through. I think that says a lot about the strength of writing and I’m officially a fan of Gaylin’s. Those that enjoy podcasts like Serial will have a good time with this story. Inspired by a 1950s vigilante couple its a look at how it may have looked from the inside out and the peopl ...more
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Setting this one aside. The synopsis sounds amazing, but I gave it 100 pages & it hasn't really kept my attention.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5. I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of the author's Brenna Spector novels so I was excited to read this, especially when I found out the premise was about a true crime podcast as I enjoy those as well. I found the book had a bit of a slow start, but once I got into the book, I enjoyed it, it had interesting characters and the plot kept me entertained.
Jessica Woodbury
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Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coun-libstl
I won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway.

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
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

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
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read plenty of twists and turns.
Judy Odom
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a read ! Serial killing, lies, secrets, family and more murder.

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
Larry H
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Is there a way to stop something that's mean to be, even if it's something you don't want?"

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
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

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
Jessica Higgins
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced, tightly woven, intricate thriller that will keep readers up at night with chills and thrills.

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
Thank you William Morrow and Harper Collins for the free copy of Never Look Back in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin is an intriguing mystery about a podcast producer who takes a look at a case that hits close to home.

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
Joelle Egan
Never Look Back is the latest novel authored by Alison Gaylin whose previous works include the Brenna Spector series, the Samantha Leiffer novels, and five other stand-alone works. In this simmering suspense novel, Gaylin unwraps a tangled plot involving a series of murders from the 1970’s that is likened to the infamous Bonnie and Clyde sprees of the 1930’s. April Cooper and her boyfriend Gabriel LeRoy were thought to have perished in a fire at a religious compound after evading authorities. Qu ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin is a highly recommended mystery/thriller that begs the question, "How well do you know your parents?"

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
Linda Munro
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book via a goodread giveaway.

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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-won
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher - thank you! All opinions are my own.

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
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love true crime podcasts so when I heard Alison Gaylin wrote a book that centers around one, I couldn’t wait to read it. Her Edgar-Award-winning book, If I Die Tonight, was one of my favorites last year. Never Look Back is revealed through multiple POVs and opens with true crime podcaster Quentin Garrison. He’s investigating a series of murders in the 1970s committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy for his podcast, Closure. His mother’s little sister was one of the victims so thi ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Goodreads and William Morrow books for the ARC copy of Never Look Back! I was hooked from page one. Spoiler alerts ahead: a passionate affair thrusts three families into life altering paths. The idea of true crime podcaster, Quentin Garrison, finding closure in his life in the aftermath of family tragedy sets the tone for this thriller. His mother, Kate Garrison, was a hot mess all his life, leaving him bitter and angry. Kate's path of self-destruction impacted Quentin even after sh ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sister
I loved If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin and was really excited when I got my hands on this one! There might have been some dancing going on. After reading Never Look Back there was definitely some dancing going on with my Traveling Sister Kim who read this one with me. We both really enjoyed this one.

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
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve noticed more people—especially women—in the true crime world beginning to pay more attention to the victims of violence. Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a good example. Writers give us the story of the perpetrators, but they are doing more to humanize victims and survivors. This is a bit part of the premise of Alison Gaylin’s fractured novel, Never Look Back. Podcaster Quentin Garrison is working on a new true crime podcast called Closure. The podcast will examine the crimes ...more
Shalini | Book Rambler
I recently finished reading this crime thriller and it was an excellent one.

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
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