Don't Turn Around
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 ...more
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"322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets."
Finally, Rebecca McRae comes out and gets in the car. Cait introduces herself then asks Rebecc ...more
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 helloo...is 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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--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 story, howev ...more
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 ...more
The story covers some sensitive topics : r ...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, ...more
The story covers some sensitive topics: ra ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is that book, as this was like the Bonnie and Clyde of my day with two women-strangers-with paths of hardships for which they remained steadfast and true to each other's purpose and faith.
Now, it's funny you mentioned faith because that's part of what drives these women but so too is persistence, determination, will power, and love.
Love, in a different form because it's love of not oneself but of ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them both in danger? There’s a reason Cait chooses to keep on the road, helping strangers. She has a past of her own, and knows what it’s like to be followed. And there is someone right behind them, watching their every move...
What a road trip! I was im ...more
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. ...more