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Don't Turn Around

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,954 ratings  ·  437 reviews
The riveting follow up to Jessica Barry’s debut Freefall—a controversial, of-the-moment thriller about two women fighting for their right to live.

322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets.

Midnight. Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae are on a desolate road that slices through the New Mexican desert. They've never met before tonight. Both have secre
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Harper
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Sarah Honestly, same. There were dropped threads in this onet hat could have given the plot more depth. It felt like she went off in a different tangent ins…moreHonestly, same. There were dropped threads in this onet hat could have given the plot more depth. It felt like she went off in a different tangent instead of following through with one deeper plot.(less)
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May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry. In exchange, here is my honest review.

This was a pretty decent thriller. 👍 Two women on a journey together, both with secrets to hide. As the story unfolded, I thought I knew who was who… but boy, I was wrong. 😜 I had hoped for a bit more closure on a specific issue, that just felt sorta unfinished 🤔 That aside, it’s worth the read (IMO).

Thank you @goodreads and @harpercollins #goodreadsgiveaway
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets."

Cait Monaghan is driving the same Jeep she’s had since college. She keeps the engine running as she waits for her passenger. Cait is only supposed to wait for twenty minutes. She watches the house…

“Get ready. As soon as she gets in the car, you’ve got to go”

Finally, Rebecca McRae comes out and gets in the car. Cait introduces herself then asks Rebecc
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strap yourself in because this book takes the reader on a journey from Lubbock, Texas and 322 miles to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The journey starts around midnight, the vehicle is an ancient Jeep with journalist Cait(lyn) as the driver and Rebecca as the passenger. The pickup is mysterious, secretive and becomes a very dangerous drive putting both their lives at risk. The book tracks their journey and backtracks and recounts their stories. We learn that Cait has suffered frightening trolling for ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

Two women riding in an old jeep across 322 miles of road. Nobody in sight. Suddenly they see headlights...getting closer and closer. He is going to stop right? Nope, they feel the impact as he attempts to drive them off the road. Holy flipping crap!!! Like this like your worst nightmare or what? It was so atmospheric...I felt like I was in the Jeep with them. Why is this dude so angry? Who is doing this?

So back up...Cait and Rebecca take a road trip- i
Michael David
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you are one of two women, driving through the desert on an isolated highway in the middle of the cars or businesses around...when out of nowhere, piercingly bright headlights in the rearview mirror blind you as a truck gets closer and closer to your bumper.

That terrifying thought is what interested me in this novel. Cait is driving Rebecca from Texas to New Mexico in her Jeep in the middle of the night. It should be a 6 hour drive with no hiccups. Both of them have reasons fo
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Did read Jessica Barry’s Freefall last year? I did, and it was a compelling survival story. Don’t Turn Around captivated me just as much.

It’s the middle of the night and Cait and Rebecca are on a dark road in the desert of New Mexico. They don’t know each other... until that night, and both are in danger. There are people in a truck “hunting” and tormenting. Who is after them and why?

Don’t Turn Around has a solid creepy vibe, and I loved how Jessica Barry added so much atmosphere to the story, j
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
3.5 stars
This wasn't for me just couldn't get into it the characters were one dimensional & was a bit slow going for me
Frank Phillips
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars, rounded down. Gotta love them Goodreads Giveaways!! I was incredibly stoked when I found out I won this giveaway and couldn't wait to start this one, as I really enjoyed Freefall from Barry. Unfortunately, overall I definitely felt like this could have been a better read if it had just a couple extra 'thriller' scenes. Additionally, I felt like the ending was a little unfinished, and because of that, I was completely underwhelmed upon finishing this ARC. This was definitely fast-paced ...more
Susanne  Strong
Dnf at 70%.

Unfortunately this novel just didn’t work for me. The drive from Lubbock to Albuquerque was the longest ride ever and it should only take about 5 hours. I kept wishing Cait would put the petal to the metal and get it over with!

I had my suspicions throughout and am perfectly ok not knowing. I loved this authors prior novel and am sad that this one left much to be desired. I think this is the case of my being the wrong reader for this novel.

2.5 stars

The premise of the book had a lot of promise: two women, who have never met before, take a roadtrip to escape from their mysterious pasts. When I read the synopsis, I pictured a high-speed, Texas-style Bronco chase--minus The Juice and the cops, plus a killer (oh wait...)--that would keep me on the edge of my seat, heart racing a million miles a minute, while I stayed up late into the night, frantically flipping pages, desperate to know how it would end. The reality was a much different
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

So she wasn't a talker. That was fine. There was plenty of time for that.

Cait and Rebecca are driving all through the night and they need to get through 322 miles of road before the sun comes up. They are both strangers with so many secrets but also each other to protect. They are both in danger, in different ways and are just trying to focus on the goal ahead. The secrets that they've tried to keep quiet end up coming to haunt them on this road trip and it seems like all the odds ar
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
This was another book that I could have read in one sitting had I started it earlier in the evening. As it was I woke up early this morning to finish it. This was a quick read, full of action and suspense that it very hard to put down, I loved Freefall and was excited to read Don’t Turn Around. It did not disappoint.

Without giving too much away, it is the story of 2 strangers on a journey from Texas to New Mexico. Cait is the driver, working for a women’s organisation that helps get women to saf
Louise Wilson
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cait works for the Sisters of Mercy. They are an organisation that help women who are in difficult situations. Her new task is to drive to New Mexico to help a woman who is in a difficult situation. But a truck is following Cait and Rebecca. It's quickly catching up with them, trying to drive them off the road. Rebecca is running from her powerful husband who is a politician. Both women have more in common than they think. They are both keeping secrets.

The story covers some sensitive topics : r
Don't Turn Around by Jessica Barry is going to be one of those books you either like or you don't. The author manages to take an extremely controversial subject and turn it into this nail-biter of a novel that is about even more.

Now unfortunately I can't actually say what the controversial subject is, or I would give the whole book away, but it is definitely something that gets people talking and usually evokes very strong opinions. I wasn't expecting the book to be quite so heavy in this way,
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't want to give too much away when it comes to Jessica Barry's upcoming novel, Don't Turn Around because it really is "full of hooks" (thanks fraud AJ Finn for that weird quote on the cover, but true). Deemed as a Themla and Louise type of thriller, we meet Cait Monaghan and her companion Rebecca McRae. As the two venture out of Texas and travel to New Mexico, we see the two of them could not be anymore different. One being notorious, while one being a wealthy housewife. What starts out ...more
Louise Wilson
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cait works for the Sisters of Mercy. They are an organisation that help women who are in difficult situations. Her new task is to drive to New Mexico to help a woman who is in a difficult situation. But a truck is following Cait and Rebecca. It's quickly catching up with them, trying to drive them off the road. Rebecca is running from her powerful husband who is a politician. Both women have more in common than they think. They are both keeping secrets.

The story covers some sensitive topics: ra
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cait and Rebecca are diving across America, from Lubbock, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico. But their trip is not a smooth one. The pick up itself was very mysterious and we come to know that each woman is running away from something. Then, there are a series of incidents that leave them both feeling like their past has caught up with them.

Through the story we come to know more about each of their past, their circumstances that have led them to being here, traveling across the country and the da
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

Thank you so much to Harper Books for the gifted copy! 💛 This was such a fun and entertaining thriller 🙌🏼 It was a lot different than what I was expecting it to be, but in the best way possible! Don’t Turn Around is out NOW so make sure to grab a copy ✨⁣

This book did a fantastic job at hooking me right from the beginning and I found it very intriguing. I have never seen a plot like this before and I LOVED how unique it was 🙌🏼 This book definitely had a slower build, but one of my favo
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
This book is giving me THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME vibes
Rheama Heather
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cait and Rebecca are strangers on a road trip. Their shared purpose is slowly revealed as they realize they’re being followed down a lonely road in the middle of the night.

At first, I loved this book. For one thing, I’ve traveled those exact desert highways many times. From Lubbock where I attended Texas Tech, past Canon Air Force Base where my college boyfriend’s father was a Colonel stationed as an F-16 pilot (I sat at many a fancy dinner table in the Officer’s Club feeling important by associ
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 15, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, adult
I finished her first book and want this one even more


I'm not even finished her first book but I want this now

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“She could see the edge of town up ahead. Just one last building, and then a return to the cold emptiness of the desert.”

Two strangers Cait and Rebecca, are on a midnight trip across Texas to New Mexico. They both have secrets and as the ride progresses, they’ll both feel as if their past is catching up with them. Cait, the driver is a journalist who’s doing her best to escape the judgement of the online community judging her for a night with a popular singer while Rebecca, the wife of a powerf
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was not what I was expecting at all, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There were lots of red herrings and misdirections and when you first start, you’re already patting yourself on the back because you can see exactly where it’s going. Except it doesn’t and you’re wrong haha.

What I liked most about this one is that it felt really unique and different. It also helped that the chapters were short and it flips between past and present and also randomly throws in a new character occ
Ludwig Reads
3.5 stars.
This was very well-written. I think after seeing the cover and reading the premise, I’d expected a certain sinister atmosphere from the book once I dove in, so when I noticed I was being met with a rather light intensity the more I turned the pages, I started to find myself less invested than I’d hoped in the unfolding of the story’s events. The characters are definitely well thought-out. The storytelling was good and the ending does ratchet up the suspense a bit, which ends rather abr
Marc Bougharios
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This was the first novel I've read in a while and I think it was the perfect book for me to get back into world of thrillers after reading a bunch of American Literature novels for my English courses.

Two women, many miles to go and a killer trying to run them off the road. Who wouldn't want to read that? Also they each have secrets of their own, so it can;t get any more exciting than that.

I think that this novel successfully delivers according to the "thrill level." There were so man
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We start the story with two women Cait and Rebecca who are complete strangers. Cait job is to transport women to safety and Rebecca is one of these women. We join Cait and Rebecca on their journey across America and both have secrets. While they are on their journey someone is following them, is it Rebecca or Cait who they are after?

The book is told in multiple POV’s.

This is a slower told story as you join Rebecca and Cait on their journey. It was interesting getting to know the reason why both
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
3.5. A very quick read with short chapters that had a great premise. I loved the back and forth from the present to the past as the reader was unsure of the rush to drive to New Mexico by a complete stranger. Had a Joyride feel with the creepy thrown in. The climax for me felt a bit overdone, hence the drop in rating. The message was strong, the characters were feisty, and the puzzle was intriguing. If you pick this up, I urge you to go in blind and avoid plot lines or spoilers. It will make the ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Thank you Harper Collins for my copy of Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry in exchange for my honest review. This title publishes June 16, 2020.

I was so excited to hear about Jessica’s release of Don’t Turn Around, after LOVING her debut Freefall.

This story follows two woman who appear to be on the run (from something or someone) and the initial suspense of it all grabbed my attention immediately. I initially got total Thelma and Louise vibes from this character duo. They are headed to
Laura • lauralovestoread
3.5 stars!

This started as a faster paced read for me, but somehow along the way it turned from a suspenseful book and took a turn down the #metoo movement. I felt like the protagonist was a likeable character and I connected with her, but I just wanted to stop going into the past of the story, and get on with the present and if someone was coming or not.

*thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
The thing about a second book from a new to you author after the first one was such a hit, is the comparisons that come afterwards. And yes, Don't Turn Around is much different than Freefall, Barry's debut. And while I absolutely loved Freefall, I love that this was different and, for me, just as fast paced and compelling.

The way this book starts out gives absolutely NO indication as to how it's going to end. I was not expecting this to go in this direction AT ALL. The author touches on some VE
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Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and was raised on a steady diet of library books and PBS.

She attended Boston University, where she majored in English and Art History, before moving to London in 2004 to pursue an MA from University College London.

She lives with her husband, Simon, and their two cats, Roger Livesey and BoJack Horseman.

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