Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

F967DB15-DA30-4DFE-987F-718316930112Thank you to Harper books for sending me a free copy of Don’t Turn Around in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


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 secrets to protect. Both of their lives are in danger.

When a truck pulls up fast behind them, they assume it’s punk teenagers or run-of-the-mill road rage, but it soon becomes clear that whoever is driving the truck is hunting them for sport—and they are out to draw blood.

As the miles unspool and the dangers mount, the pasts they’ve worked so hard to keep buried have come back to haunt them.  Someone wants one of them dead. But which one?  And given the lives the two women have been leading, that someone could be almost anyone.

If Cait and Rebecca are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust one another—and themselves. But trust is a costly business, and they’ve both paid the price before. . . .

My Review:

This book really pulled me in, right from the first page.  Two women, fleeing in the dark of night…but why?  The mystery of their midnight flight had me turning pages to find out what they were doing.  As the novel progresses, Berry weaves in back story for both women, slowly bringing to light what the women are running from.

However, once secrets were revealed, it started to feel like two separate stories: one of suspense and intrigue, one a little on the heart wrenching side. Berry’s writing is fluid and sophisticated, so I definitely enjoyed this one, but I almost wish it had been two books. I just didn’t feel like the present story and the back story went together.

I liked this book, but Freefall was much better, in my opinion.  But I’m not done watching out for this up and coming author, I still plan to read what she comes out with next!

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