BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry @harperbooks @jessbarryauthor #BookReview


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Publisher: Harper

Release Date: June 16, 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction / Thriller


Goodreads Blurb:

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 Thoughts:

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry is going to be one of those books you either like or you don’t. The author manages to take an extremely controversial subject and turn it into this nail-biter of a novel that is about even more.

Now unfortunately I can’t actually say what the controversial subject is, or I would give the whole book away, but it is definitely something that gets people talking and usually evokes very strong opinions. I wasn’t expecting the book to be quite so heavy in this way, but I still ended up really enjoying it. Don’t Turn Around focuses on Cait and Rebecca’s drive from Texas to New Mexico, but also so much more! There are a lot of different skips to other times prior to them being on the road and for me it made the book fly by even faster. I would consider this a slow burn with a quick pace if that makes sense.

Between the quick pacing, short chapters, and time jumps this book really flew by for me and it is easy to read in a day. There are a couple parts that get a little violent/gory so maybe beware of that, but overall the book isn’t like that the entire time. There are also a few different viewpoints, most of which were probably not necessary, but I enjoyed them just the same. Don’t Turn Around will make you think, feel, and despise certain characters but it was a wild ride indeed. I love Barry’s writing style and I can’t wait to see what she thinks up next.

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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