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
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook

Reviews Never Look Back

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...What a fantastic read!!!!“Never Look Back” started off strong and stayed strong. With no shortage of drama and suspense, this gripping page-turner held my attention until I turned the very last page.June 1976:April Cooper is working on an assignment for her ninth-grade Social Studies class. The assignment is “A Letter to My Future Child”. The students are supposed to ...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    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
    "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☀️✨
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • Kristy
    For Quentin Garrison, his podcast, entitled Closure, is truly about just that--closure. It centers on a series of murders in the 1970s committed by teens Gabriel LeRoy and April Cooper. The victims included Quentin's mother's little sister and his grandmother. As a result, Quentin has spent most of his life raised by a neglectful, drug addict mom. For Robin Diamond, a columnist, the podcast causes only confusion. When Quentin contacts her about i...
  • Julie (JuJu)
    A dark...brutal....thrilling nightmare! Wow...I have been missing out! Alison Gaylin is top notch and knows how to throw in some surprising twists. I’m a fan of this extremely talented writer!The more I read, the more questions I had. Since this was a buddy read, I wrote down my thoughts and questions. On paper, it sounded like a soap opera, lol! But it definitely didn’t read like one. Thank you to Goodreads, William Morrow and Alison Gaylin ...
  • Ceecee
    Teenagers Gabriel and former girlfriend April Cooper go on a killing spree in 1976 in California. Both were thought to have died in a religious compound but is April still alive and assuming another persona? Quentin Sharkey, a journalist investigates these killings as they have have links to his mother. The book starts well and the story unravels effortlessly and keeps my interest. Part is narrative in the present day and the other part of the st...
  • Dennis
    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
    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
    So good!!!!
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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
    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,...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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 ...
  • Antoinette
    Totally enjoyed this book! I really needed a good suspenseful book and this one hit the mark!“ You never truly know anyone. Every human being who has lived long enough to make mistakes has secrets stashed away in the back of a locked closet or stored in a cloud or crouching in the darkest depths of the brain, moments of weakness that they’ve worked their whole lives to hide, even from those the love most. Especially from those they love most....
  • Jamie
    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...
  • Sara
    A middling thriller that pulled too many punches for my taste and relied a tad to heavily on concepts like "everyone's really into true crime podcasts now!" to take the place of a clever, edge of your seat story, which this definitely had the potential to be. A podcast producer begins looking into whether one half of a crime spree Romeo and Juliet really did die in a firey blaze of glory years ago or reinvented herself as another person far from ...
  • Donna Hines
    A murder mystery with a twist that brings into question parental motives and truths long held behind closed doors with videos resurfacing of the day's events.Was April and Gabriel completely nuts or did they have motive behind their killing spree in '76 that left 12 families grieving?It's noted the couple perished in a fire at a religious compound but was that the end to this story?Now Quentin a true crime podcast producer feels a connection 40 y...
  • Roz
    It's more of a lukewarm mystery than anything, BUT it's completely my kind of book. I really enjoyed it, I would say it's the perfect beach read.
  • Basic B's Guide
    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...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    Quentin Garrison is a true crime podcaster who is determined to find the identity of the female half of a pair of serial killers from back in the 1970s. Quentin has a very personal connection to the crimes even all these years later. At the time,, the girl's name was April Cooper. Quentin begs a meeting with a website columnist, Robin Diamond, because he truly believes that Robin's very own mother might actually be April.Robin is shocked and in c...
  • Liz Barnsley
    My 5th Theakstons Crime Read and another really good one - I love this authors writing and this was a clever atmospheric page turner where I genuinely wasn't sure of the outcome til it came.Review for publication.
  • Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
    3 STARS 🌟 I had high hopes going into this book, but it kind of fell flat for me. Although it didn’t live up to my expectations, there are still many things I enjoyed about this book. The first third of the book was so incredibly fast paced and I was hooked right from the beginning. I really loved that it included multiple perspectives, especially the letters from April Cooper. This aspect of the book is what kept things interesting for me a...
  • Moira
    I’m a psycho who listens to true pod crimes on the daily, so a story about a pod unfolding is right up my alley. This story was so good I’m mad I didn’t read it sooner. This was a fun fast paced story even though I had figured out most of the plot twists I was still surprised at the ending. How I wish Closure was a real podcast.
  • Susanne Gulde
    Actually 2.5 stars because I became bored with these characters about half-way through the book.Good writing, tho.
  • Sarah
    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.
  • Mckenna | The Lady's Crime
    5 Stars ✨Never Look Back was the perfect thriller to finish off August and say goodbye to summertime. With a little bit of a Bonnie and Clyde vibe, Never Look Back is a pulsating thriller with a wild ride, gripping you by the throat from beginning to end. I have to say my favorite thing about the book was the multiple writing styles. Going back and forth between letters from April Cooper, the infamous Bonnie Parker-esque teen, to her future dau...