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Don't Look Down

(Shadows of New York #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  52 reviews
From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice, a gripping mystery about a sinister murder that everyone wants to stay buried—except one dogged NYPD detective.

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-0, arc, 2020, crime-mystery
Jo Greaver is a successful businesswoman, but she’s being extorted by someone who has discovered her old secrets, and she goes to the meeting with a bag of cash and a pistol. One gunfight later and there’s a body on the floor of an apartment, and an injured Jo is on the run. For NYPD detectives Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza, this should simply be a matter of tracking down Jo, but there’s much more to this blackmail scheme than it would seem at first

This is my second Hillary Davidson novel,
The experts all say that the worst thing you can do is pay off a blackmailer. They’ll just keep coming back again and again, bleeding you for an arm, a leg, a kidney, your soul. You’ll never get rid of this pigeon. But, then again, there are things far worse than paying off a blackmailer. There are countless ways the payoff can go sour. This crime story explores one of those ways.

It is the second book in the series, easy to read and with wide appeal. And, the way this all plays out will
Donna Hines
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Great thrillers are hard to find and this is one beautiful gem!
I loved everything about this one including the initial 'set up' or shall we say 'blackmail' in which money changes hands but not before tragedy strikes!
Jo is quite a character with all due respect. She's had a hard knocks life in more ways than one. She and her sister found themselves in a situation that they were never able to win.
What follows is a trampling upon the truth, a masterful set of lies, a full array of betrayal, and
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
After reading and loving One Small Sacrifice in June 2019, I was excited to read this second installment of the Shadows of New York series. Using well-drawn characters, Sheryn and her partner Rafael, Davidson has created a suspenseful read with a smart, tension-filled plot that also touches on bigger issues. That's my kind of read!

Once again, I loved that Sheryn is the focus of the book. She's a smart, feisty and strong-willed female NYC detective (I picture her as the amazing Viola Davis) who
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The drama, suspense and thriller aspect I couldn’t put it down! I had to know what happened and stayed up way to late finishing my last book of the year! The twists and turns and police procedural work just play out begging you to read more! The dynamic between characters is well written and I liked all even the bad guys! I hope there is a 3rd book I need to know what happens next!
Thanks to the author and Netgalley for gifting me an advanced ebook copy!!!
LianaReads blog
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read the first book in the series, you should read it as soon as possible.
Don't look down is another great book by the author and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the pages.
I enjoyed the characters and their interactions and banter, it felt so much like an Law and Order episode or any CSI one because it's a well written story with so many twists and turns that will unfold one by one and I was thinking that I may know who the blackmailer is but
Christine Moore
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jo Greaver has made herself a very successful life. But she has secrets she wants to keep buried. She receives a blackmail threat and when she shows up to the location Jo is shot, now the police are looking for Jo. There is a murder and Jo's blood and her blackmail pictures are the scene. detectives Sheryn and her partner Rafael have to untangle all of the lies and get to the truth. This is the 2nd book in a series but reads well as a stand alone. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery kept me ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good mystery. This was totally engaging and Sheryn Sterling is a fine hero who manages to untangle a series of murders with intelligence and compassion.

Young Jo Greaver is being both blackmailed and set up to take a murder charge. Her sad story unwinds and Sheryn becomes her advocate as she figures out who was behind the initial crimes. The bodies begin to pile up as Sheryn and her partner Rafael are able to connect the crimes to the perpetrators, despite their society backgrounds.

Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Don’t Look Down follows the case of Jo, a highly successful beauty company owner who is being blackmailed by someone. When she agrees to meet the alleged blackmailer, she finds herself in a shoot out where she takes someone’s life. She is thrown into turmoil as she is tracked down by detective duo Sterling and Rafael. The story follows the case against Jo and gets to the bottom of why she was being blackmailed - and by who.

This book got off to a really strong start. I was hooked and couldn’t
Noreen Bruce
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"One of the bravest things you can do in your life is to keep moving forward under the weight of that burden," Sterling said. "You don't get to put it aside. It's going to be with you every day, and you're going to have to figure out how to cope with it."

This was a crime thriller that packed a punch! There were so many twists and turns. I appreciate how the author incorporates real world problems into her stories. There was people of every color, shape and background which I always enjoy. It was
Chris breeh
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So i started this book and it was not really catching my eye at first.. I was torn between giving this book 3/4 stars because it would get slow then pick up etc.. This book takes to about 30% to start picking up.. If you are interested in more crime solving this book would be for you.. I did enjoy reading the duo who was solving the case.. Sheryn is such a bad ass she stands her ground and i love what she stands for and i loved the diversity in this book.
Towards the end of the book the chapters
Meagan Beal
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 star For Don’t Look Down! Set in New York, Jo is an up and coming successful business owner. But everything is not as it seem! Someone is blackmailing Jo for her her past and now she has figure out who and how they got this information.

This was a great mystery and police procedural! There was a lot of twists and turns, so many people could to be to blame. Sterling and Rafael were a great team of detectives, I really like their banter. This is the kind of mystery where you know no one is
Nicola Short
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a nail biter! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time reading this book. I pretty much read it non stop and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. And, the ending???? All I can say is, you just have to pick up a copy of “Don’t Look Down!” Talk about a complicated story!
If you are in the mood for a intriguing, police procedural, this is the book you need to pick up.
Hilary Davidson is a new author to me and I look forward to reading more from her. I did not know this
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This tightly woven thriller-slash-police procedural is set in New York City, and like that city, the pace does not let up, from first page to last. It opens with Jo Greaver, a young cosmetics magnate, on her way to meet her blackmailer, toting a huge bag of cash. To the reader it’s not clear why she’s being blackmailed or who is doing the blackmailing, but it’s very clear something is very wrong and that very definitely something will go wrong.

It does, and it’s a cascade of wrong things, things
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Down began with a bang and absolutely hooked me. We primarily follow the points-of-view (POV) of Jo, who is being blackmailed; and detectives Sheryn and Rafael who are investigating the situation Jo’s found herself in when the novel begins. The book starts with Jo arriving to the prearranged spot for a blackmail drop. Things go bad and shots are fired. There are twists and turns throughout the book, and nothing is as it seems.

Jo is a great character whose emotions grabbed me during
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, engaging, and complex police procedural & crime thriller down to the wire. I’ve always have a soft spot for traditional police procedurals and this book delivered exactly what I was craving for.

The story opened up with a thrilling confrontation between a victim and a blackmailer which subsequently developed into a shoot-out, and the main two characters, Sheryn and her injured partner, Rafael set out for an investigation. Jo, another main character and a possible fugitive at large gets
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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Hilary Davidson’s book, “Don’t Look Down”. I had never read anything by her before, but the description of the book had me intrigued immediately.
The book is told from multiple perspectives, including Ms. Davidson’s ongoing character, Sheryn Sterling, who is a detective in New York City. The story begins with the character ‘Jo’ being blackmailed and getting shot when she delivers the money she is being blackmailed for. Chapters are told from the
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Don't Look Down

This is the second book in the Shadows of New York series by Hilary Davidson. The series stars NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza. Jo Greaver is a successful businesswoman with a past. She is being blackmailed for something she has done when she was a teenager. In order to make it all go away, she meets her blackmailer and pays his $50,000. But the meeting does not go as smoothly as she hoped. In a moment of self-defense, she shoots her blackmailer and she is shot in
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From all outward appearances, Jo Greaver is a successful, self-made business woman with a bright future. No one in her orbit would suspect the traumatic adolescence she endured or the terrible secrets she harbors. After moving to New York City a decade ago, Jo struggled to make a new life for herself, overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges. She considered her past long buried, especially when her only remaining link to it—her sister Lori—died of a drug overdose eighteen months ago. But ...more
Miss R
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a good 40-50 pages to get into this book but when I did the pay-off was immense. 'Don't Look Down' is one of those rare things; a novel whose intriguing premise is executed with skill and imagination by the author. Hilary Davidson does not disappoint in this respect. With its tightly-plotted storyline and excellent characterisation, I raced through this book to its thrilling
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thank you so much the author for sending me your new book in exchange for an honest review.

“Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off- but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.

When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered
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Wow! What a ride and what a gem! I could not put this book down! Seamlessly interweaving multiple points of view that span three days, this is an intensely engaging and compelling police procedural that should not be missed!

Though I had not read the first book in the series, One Small Sacrifice, I will definitely be picking it up soon! This was an amazing reading experience that I look forward to enjoying again when I begin the previous installment. While I never felt any disconnection by
Amber Rexrode
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4/5 ! I am a sucker for a good police procedural... and I really liked this one! The characters were developed really well and the scenes were painted perfectly for me. I thought I figured it out and then it kept me second-guessing with each twist!

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But
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Author: Hilary Davidson

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Rating: 5/5 Stars

First off, thank you so so much to the author, Hilary Davidson, for reaching out to ask me to review her upcoming book, Don’t Look Down. Ms. Davidson went above and beyond, too: when I realized Don’t Look Down was the second in her Shadows of New York series, even though the books definitely do not need to be read in order, Ms. Davidson provided me with a copy of her first book in the series, One Small Sacrifice. While you can read
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a book where there is a case to solve, and this is no exception. Jo is one of those characters that is hard not to root for. She has risen up from her past to become a successful businesswoman. Jo has tried so hard to keep her past in the past, but someone wants it front and center, and she can't let that happen. Unfortunately being blackmailed is nothing new to her.

What follows is a whirlwind of a police investigation. The chapters alternate between Jo and Sheryn, the detective assigned

Thank you so much Hilary Davidson, Amazon Publishing, and Thomas and Mercer for my free ARC of “Don’t Look Down” which releases on 2/11/20. I really enjoyed reading it!

“Don’t Look Down” is a well-written and action packed mystery set in New York City. I absolutely love the gorgeous cover and the nighttime NYC vibes it gives off. While this is book two of the “Shadows of New York” series, I did not feel lost having not read book one when the detectives are introduced. This book stands on
Denise Mcghie
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was approached by the author to read this book which is the second book in the Shadows of New York series. I haven't read the first book and thought that it might affect the read of this book but it didn't. I will have to read the first book, One Small Sacrifice, at some point though.

The story didn't initially grab me, it was a slow burn and quite slow placed which normally I don't like but I didn't mind it with this, in fact I think it added to the thriller feel.

Jo Greaver is a successful
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
What a cat and mouse game this book was! Just when you think you have it figured out another twist happens! Jo Greaver is off to pay a blackmailer she’s carrying a bag of cash and a pistol hidden in her pocket. She’s a successful business woman and she’s afraid that if the secrets from her past are revealed she will lose everything. When the meeting doesn’t go as planned and shots are fired Jo is shot and there’s a dead body on the floor. The police are now involved and with her blood at the ...more
Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)
This was my first Hilary Davidson novel and certainly won't be my last. Though this is book two in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone.

It covers a few different perspectives but mainly Jo, a successful businesswoman who is being blackmailed for a past that is catching up with her. She arranges to meet the blackmailer with a tonne of cash in the hope that she can pay him off. But the meeting backfires (pun intended) and both Jo and the man wind up shot. When the police arrive,
Denise  Satin
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, this book took me awhile to get thoroughly vested in it. But after some 50 to 60 pages, I became totally engrossed in it. So before my review. I want to tell future readers of this book, to give it a little time because it was an excellent mystery novel. Jo Greaver seems to have it all, a thriving business and a wonderful boyfriend. But Jo is being blackmailed for something in her past. This book has all the ingredients of a great mystery, lies, secrets and murder, There are so many ...more
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Hilary Davidson is the Amazon Charts bestselling crime fiction author of Don’t Look Down, One Small Sacrifice, and three other thrilling novels. She has won two Anthony Awards, the Derringer Award, and the Spinetingler Award.

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Hilary Davidson is the bestselling author of ONE SMALL SACRIFICE, out now from Thomas & Mercer. She’s also the author of the Lily Moore series, the standalone thriller BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, and the short-story collection THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB. Her work has won two Anthony Awards—for Best First Novel and Best Short Story—the Derringer Award, and the Crimespree Award. Born in Toronto, she now lives ...more