Book Review for NEVER LOOK BACK by Alison Gaylin

NEVER LOOK BACK by Alison Gaylin
William Morrow Paperbacks
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An addictive read that slowly uncovers what is the truth and who these characters are.

NEVER LOOK BACK brings up the question of how well you really know someone and it is this string of constant unknowing that propels the narrative forward. Gaylin carefully builds on the suspense by playing with the past and present to give her readers the truth of what happened 40 years prior.


What I liked about this book is how the author gives us the next generation to explore the past. The connection Quentin and Robin have to what April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy did allow the reader to invest in the outcome. You want these two to find out the real story at the end and hopefully gain some peace from the knowledge they gain. Also, by breaking up the present-day investigation with notes from April’s past, the reader gets to experience the crimes as they happen. Though at times, I wondered if April is a reliable narrator. There are so many twists and turns within this book; you will be trying to piece it all together until the very end.

With more questions than answers, this book set out to delve further into the characters’ lives and how one event changed everything for all of them. Will you get all the answers at the end? Now…how much fun would that be if I told you that. What I will say is that Gaylin expertly lays out this mystery for her readers and brings you on an emotional and gritty journey for the truth. I enjoyed it. 

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a Serial-esque podcast twist—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series.

For thirteen days in 1976, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California's Inland Empire, killing a dozen victims before perishing themselves in a fire... or did they? More than 40 years later, twentysomething podcast producer Quentin Garrison blames his troubled upbringing on the murders. And after a shocking message from a source, he has reason to believe April Cooper may still be alive. Meanwhile, New York City film columnist Robin Diamond is coping with rising doubts about her husband and terrifying threats from internet trolls. But that's nothing compared to the outrageous phone call she gets from Quentin... and a brutal home invasion that makes her question everything she ever believed in. Is Robin's beloved mother a mass murderer? Is there anyone she can trust?

Told through the eyes of those destroyed by the Inland Empire Killings—including Robin, Quentin, and a fifteen-year-old April Cooper—Never Look Back asks the question:

How well do we really know our parents, our partners—and ourselves?

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About the Author: Alison Gaylin is the award-winning author of Hide Your Eyes and its sequel, You Kill Me; the standalones Trashed and Heartless; and the Brenna Spector series: And She Was, Into the Dark, and Stay with Me. A graduate of Northwestern University and of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lives with her husband and daughter in Woodstock, New York.

Book Details:

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 2, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062844547
ISBN-13: 978-0062844545 

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