Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around


Two strangers, Cait and Rebecca, are driving across America. Cait’s job is to transport women to safety. Out of respect, she never asks any questions. Like most of the women, Rebecca is trying to escape something.

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...

Our Review

 When I first heard about Don’t Turn Around I wanted to read it because it was by Jessica Barry and I loved her previous book Freefall (since renamed as Look For Me). Then I read the blurb and wanted to read it just because it sounded good.

Cait and Rebecca are driving across America. Cait’s job is to transport women to safety and she’s learnt not to ask questions.

Rebecca doesn’t seem like the type of person Cait would normally be asked to transport but she knows there must be a reason behind her journey.

Cait knows what it is like to have secrets, to feel your life is at risk.

Now someone is following them, watching their every move. Which woman has a secret worth killing for?

Don’t Turn Around could be described as edge of your seat from the get-go.

“The smell hits her first: burnt rubber and gasoline. Then the pain comes. The roar of blood in her ears, the gurgled struggle of her breath. She squints out of the splintered windshield. For a split second, she can’t remember where she is. When she does, fear rushes over her…

And then she hears it: a long shivering scrape of metal against metal.

She sees a face at the window.

It’s him.

He’s outside and he’s trying to get in.”

Cait and Rebecca couldn’t be more different and originally, they rub each other up the wrong way. Rebecca is a politician’s wife originally from the Bay Area and Cait, originally from Waco, is a bar tender in a seedy bar.

Barry uses flashbacks effectively throughout the novel to explain how both characters came to be on this journey.

I found this backstory just as intriguing as the mystery of who was following them and trying to run them off the road.

Barry’s writing style made me feel as though I was in the jeep with them being followed by someone whose sole wish was to run me off the road.

“Cait sensed it before it happened, something tingling at the back of her neck. The sound hit her next. It was nothing at first, the buzz of an insect above the hum of the engine, but it grew louder, quickly, and just like that a pair of headlights was blinding in her rearview mirror. The truck was charging up the road towards them, fast. Too fast. The buzz became a roar.”

I have watched a lot of films set on desolate roads somewhere in America, a lot of thrillers, and I wondered if this would make me feel like I had heard it all before. However, I didn’t see any of the twists coming.

Don’t Turn Around is worth picking up.

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