Don’t Look Back


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hodder & Stoughton


My breath caught and I dropped the letter, scuttling back on the bed. Heart racing, I closed my eyes, but I could still see the words…

Samantha Franco has the perfect life. Until, that is, she and her best friend Cassie disappear and only Samantha resurfaces… with no knowledge of what happened.

And Cassie stays missing. Gradually, Samantha begins to piece together her memories of that night. If she can do that, she may yet be able to save  her friend. And, little by little, something begins to emerge…

Then she gets the note.

Don’t look back. You won’t like what you find.


I have to come right out and say that this is the first book that I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It certainly won’t be the last. I was very impressed by Jennifer’s writing and I found Don’t Look Back to be incredibly engaging and exciting. I wasn’t expecting such an intense psychological thriller, but that’s exactly what I got. I’m now eagerly trying to decide what to read next of Jennifer’s!

The story centres around Sam. She doesn’t remember the night she and her best friend disappeared. She knew something terrible had happened but she wasn’t sure exactly what had happened. She didn’t know who she was, what her name was and she didn’t recognise her parents, her twin brother, her friends and her boyfriend. Sam is suffering from dissociative amnesia. Dissociative amnesia happens when someone is under great stress and they block out the event that has happened and other things like personal information. The information is still locked up in their memory, but they can’t yet access it. It must be one of the most frustrating things to go through, knowing you want to remember but being so incapable!

Samantha is such an intriguing narrator, I immediately felt like I wanted to know more about her. I connected with Sam straight away. I was just as interested as she was in finding out what had happened to her. I loved the element of suspense. Towards the end of the book, I thought I had predicted the killer, but no… I really wasn’t expecting it to be who it was!

Jennifer L. Armentrout has created such a creepy atmosphere. This book is certainly  hard to predict. The reader doesn’t know what’s going to happen next because the clues and characters seem to be quite misleading and really quite unreliable too.

There is a little romance in this book, but in my eyes, it doesn’t get in the way of a bloomin’ good story! Don’t Look Back is full of characters you’ll love and characters that you’ll love to hate. It’s mysterious, thrilling and unpredictable. I now need to work out what to read next from Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

22 thoughts on “Don’t Look Back

  1. I really love the Lux series by her so I’m really excited to get my hands on this one! Also, interesting how the cover varies for this title so much- the US cover is very different but both covers seem to convey a disturbing psychological-thriller feel!

  2. I’ve never read any of Armentrout’s books either, mainly because they didn’t really interest me yet. However, a thriller title is right up my alley, so I definitely want to read this book! 🙂

  3. Great review! Now I’m dying to read to read this! I haven’t gotten around to reading Gone Girl yet but from what it sounds like, the two books have quite a bit in common.

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