Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

Never Look Back

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.When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it's a business...


Details Never Look Back

TitleNever Look Back
ISBN9780062844552
Author
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews Never Look Back

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    I loved If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin and was really excited when I got my hands on this one! There might have been some dancing going on. After reading Never Look Back there was definitely some dancing going on with my Traveling Sister Kim who read this one with me. We both really enjoyed this one. Never Look Back is a fast-paced, fun twisty and action-packed story that had me on the edge of my seat trying to piece together how everyone was ...
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    "Is there a way to stop something that's meant to be, even if it's something you don't want?"In 1976, teenagers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a killing spree in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Twelve people—some known to the killers, some random victims—were killed before the couple died in a fire at a religious compound.While the story of the murderers was tabloid fodder for a while and they even were the subjects of ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    1970-01-01
    BEST THRILLER of the SUMMER!!!Alison Gaylin completely sucked me in with this tense absorbing dark story. 1976 California the Inland Empire ( fun fact is where I live). Two teenagers go on a killing spree that ends with them both dying in a fire. Present day quinton a crime podcaster is investigating these serial killers whose actions had a direct impact on his life. In the course of his investigation he happens across a film journalist living in...
  • NZLisaM
    1970-01-01
    Five Stars all the Way!In June 1976, teenage couple, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a 13 day killing spree in California, ending in them both perishing in a fire. Quentin Garrison is working on a podcast called Closure, based on the idea that even though the murders occurred more than forty years ago they still impact the lives of the survivors and their descendants. And, Quentin is one of them – his aunt was one of the victims. Film co...
  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    1970-01-01
    Wow! Just flipping wow! This book captivated me from the very first page and never let up. Sometimes a book starts out with a bang and you think that surely the author will not be able to keep up that type of intensity all the way through the book, well this one does. This book was not on my radar and yet it is one of the best I have read so far this year!How well do you know those closest to you? Perhaps you think you know everything about your ...
  • DJ Sakata
    1970-01-01
    Favorite Quotes:When someone is that close, you don’t just hear a whisper. You feel it.She clutched a skittish little terrier in her arms that yapped and yapped, as though it had been born into the wrong life and was desperately trying to alert the world about it.And then I saw it happen: Officer Nelligan recognized us. I knew it before he said anything, just in the way he stopped talking, the way his back straightened, and he seemed to change ...
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    Alison Gaylin, you are an amazing writer. Kudos to writing such a beautifully told mystery/thriller— Never Look Back is a fun, dark, ride! In the same vein as the podcast Serial or the Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski, we are taken on a podcaster's journey to find the truth. Quentin Garrison has begun producing his podcast, Closure, where it will center around murderous couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy—a duo that invoked multiple m...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsI am giving this unique thriller/ coming of age novel 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4.SUMMARYThe book opens with a letter written by April Cooper in 1976 to her future daughter explaining that her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel killed her stepfather and pressured an unwilling April to go into hiding with him. Unsurprisingly, Gabriel is way more unstable than 15 year old April could have ever imagined. It wasn’t long before their “laying low and hid...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    So good!!!!
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    Website columnist Robin Diamond is shocked when crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison contacts her and implies that Robin's mother was involved in a couple of murders back in the 70s. Robin is quite sure that this is impossible, but she can't help wondering why she knows so little about her mother's past. There is no way her mother could have participated in a murder spree. And, beside both killers are dead, so there is no way her mother could ...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    I became a huge fan of Alison Gaylin's when I read her novel What Remains of Me, my adoration only grew when I read If I Die Tonight and now, Never Look Back has turned me into a raving super-fan. Gaylin does an excellent job of driving the plot, creating true suspense and tension and not meandering from the story at hand. Told in dual timelines, we learn about teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy, via April's journal. In present day,...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    Thank you William Morrow and Harper Collins for the free copy of Never Look Back in exchange for an honest review. Quentin has a connection to a couple of murdering teens who ripped through Southern California in the late 70's. Determined to find Closure to what happened, he decides to embark on a podcast to investigate the survivors of the people who lost their lives all those years ago. Also, Robin Diamond's parents are recent victims of a home...
  • Basic B's Guide
    1970-01-01
    Talk about complex family dynamics! After finishing, my head is still reeling and I need an index of all the characters. While I did have most of the story figured out I still managed to stay engaged the entire way through. I think that says a lot about the strength of writing and I’m officially a fan of Gaylin’s. Those that enjoy podcasts like Serial will have a good time with this story. Inspired by a 1950s vigilante couple its a look at ho...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    More like 3.5. I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of the author's Brenna Spector novels so I was excited to read this, especially when I found out the premise was about a true crime podcast as I enjoy those as well. I found the book had a bit of a slow start, but once I got into the book, I enjoyed it, it had interesting characters and the plot kept me entertained.
  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    2.5 stars. Another true-crime-podcast book that doesn't really have much to do with the true crime podcast phenomenon. While it doesn't have transcriptions of a podcast (phew) it does have a much worse and completely unnecessary device that continues throughout the book. The jumping between characters seemed to be methodical at first but gets too sporadic by the end. Generally, a lot of the pieces here felt to me like they'd been wedged together ...
  • Susanne Gulde
    1970-01-01
    Actually 2.5 stars because I became bored with these characters about half-way through the book.Good writing, tho.
  • Roxanne
    1970-01-01
    I won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway.Quentin is a podcaster working on a his latest podcast called Closure and it is intensely personal. He is the son of someone affected by the Inland Empire Killers. April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. When he stumbles on some proof that April might still be alive he goes to investigate it.When Robin is contacted by Quentin she thinks he is crazy, but he does get her thinking right up until her parents are s...
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.Quentin Garrison is working on a true crime podcast about a series of murders from the 1970s, committed by a teenage couple. Quentin thinks April, the female of the murderous couple, is the mother of Robin Diamond, a website columnist. At first Robin thinks this is ridiculous. But the more she looks into it, the more she's unsure of her conviction.This is one of those books where very earl...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    1970-01-01
    Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin is a highly recommended mystery/thriller that begs the question, "How well do you know your parents?"In 1976 teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California. Now forty years later true-crime podcaster Quentin Garrison is looking into the pair for a show he has named "Closure" because that is what he is hoping to find. The pair killed his mother's little sister and he blames them for...
  • Linda Munro
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book via a goodread giveaway.How well do you really know those closest to you? Is there a possibility that you husband is having an affair? Are your parents harboring devastating secrets?Strange occurrences seem to be circling website columnist, Robin Diamond, things that make her wonder which part of her life could have been real and which part is fiction.It starts with the strange actions of her husband, is he having a...
  • Nikki
    1970-01-01
    Holy Smokes! Just when I think Alison Gaylin has wrote her last book that surprised me she throws another one out and knocked me off my feet again! Never Look Back was a roller coaster of thrill and suspense til the very end of the last page! She takes this family and throws so much at you, you don’t know which way is up and makes you keep thinking that the ones you think might be good are bad then switch again. It’s the best! I’m looking f...
  • Josephine
    1970-01-01
    A good read plenty of twists and turns.
  • Judy Odom
    1970-01-01
    Wow what a read ! Serial killing, lies, secrets, family and more murder.Quentin is preparing a podcast Closure of a murder that took place 40 years earlier. This is personal for Quentin. Quentin is certainly stirring up the past .This book grabs you from page one and does not let go.I don't want to say too much about this book, you have to discover the truth for yourself.Please take time to read the author's notes at the end of the book. Makes yo...
  • Kayla
    1970-01-01
    A skillfully written murder mystery with twists and clues for the observant reader that delivers a satisfying conclusion. Reignited my interest in true crime material for sure.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I love true crime podcasts so when I heard Alison Gaylin wrote a book that centers around one, I couldn’t wait to read it. Her Edgar-Award-winning book, If I Die Tonight, was one of my favorites last year. Never Look Back is revealed through multiple POVs and opens with true crime podcaster Quentin Garrison. He’s investigating a series of murders in the 1970s committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy for his podcast, Closure. Hi...
  • Megan Luker
    1970-01-01
    Brilliant!Perfect for true crime lovers...
  • Marlene
    1970-01-01
    Originally published at Reading RealityThere are all sorts of sayings about not being able to know where you’re going until you know where you’re coming from. At the same time, there are plenty of sayings about looking forward and not looking back.This is a book about when happens when you look back a little too hard and a little too deeply. Because when you undermine the foundations of your life, pretty much everything gets washed away in th...
  • Jessica Higgins
    1970-01-01
    A fast paced, tightly woven, intricate thriller that will keep readers up at night with chills and thrills.In 1976, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy set off on a thirteen day murder spree and became known as the Inland Empire Killers. They were both thought to have perished in a fire until decades later when April is recognized and a young podcast producer, Quentin, investigates. His family was directly impacted by the killings and he hopes finding...