Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton. Later that night, in a rarely used tourist cabin, she finds a discarded prescription bottle - also with the name Teresa Hamilton. From the camera’s memory card, Eve discovers Teresa Hamilton took a photo of that same menacing looking man in the woods. Teresa Hamilton has since disappeared.
Now the man in the woods is after whoever was snooping around his house. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. A major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world. Now the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator with a secret to protect. With her only resource her determination to live, Eve must fight a dangerous foe and survive against incredible odds - if she's to make it back home alive.
©2014 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
I an not sure who would want to listen to this book - the 2 narrator system did not work in this case - it made the book oh so confusing
I like this genre but not this book - seemed to go off in all directions
I will always listen to Scott Brick
Gregg Hurwitz is capable of writing well, but this book does not reflect it. It is poorly paced, the characters are caricatures, the dialog is stilted, and the subplots detract.
The reader is competent enough, but not good at differentiating between voices or infusing the story with enthusiasm or emotion.
I found it tedious and skipped ahead to the final chapters for closure. If I missed anything it wasn't evident.
Despite my admiration for Scott Brick (I am normally a huge fan of his narrations), I was unable to listen to this for more than an hour and had to read this good book instead. Both narrators used an incredibly maudlin tone that was just offensive.
This book combines horrifying natural killers (bugs, plants, crocs), a heartless human killer with weather that can also kill you and pits it all against a "trying to find myself" woman who has undergone a recent divorce and a very unsatisfying job change. Not your typical super woman by any means, she nevertheless does find herself. I recommend it, I think, although it's not for everyone.
I want to like this book more than I did. It was very well written, and the imagery was stunning. But it was trying to be more than it should. The main story was a great action / adventure, and was terrifically done. But it was also trying to be a story of a woman discovering herself, and it didn't do this very well.
Frankly I had a hard time reconciling Eve as the woman at the beginning of the book, with the strong woman who bested the top terrorist. Yes, suspension of belief is necessary for something like this, but this was a bit over the top.
And although the imagery and writing style were beautiful, they really didn't work with the violence and action taking place in the story.
Although the book was interesting, it's the second of this author that I've tried, and I probably won't try another.
I am very particular when reading books of this nature, I always find myself saying "WHY don't they just"? The author did an excellent job of making you feel the isolation, cutoff, unable to seek outside help. Mexico can be very scary, I think this book was well thought out, the terror circumstances are believable. The narrator helped make the book enjoyable, the main character, single mom, timid, lonely, forced into a survival situation. This book entertained and captivated my attention, that's what I expect a good book to do, very few times did I wonder why the characters did what they did? Excellent entertainment, good message about how far a person will go to survive. Life can become routine, and an adventure like this will make anyone appreciate the mundane!
I like to listen to books!
Im almost torn as to how to review this book, so Ill just give 3 stars.
Let me explain:
The actual thriller part of the story was quite good. Kept u on the edge of ur seat. Kept u guesssing, and turning til the end. U felt bad about things that happened, and emotions of the characters.
The bad part of this is there is so much 'filler'. So much discription especially in the first half of the book that its a struggle to keep listening and not fall asleep! But if u can do it it gets good around the middle.
The narration it pretty good. Each narrator does distinct accents for each character so u know who everyone is. This book has 2 narrators and both r very good.
The bad part of this is that both read very slow and it makes u very tired. I mean I get why the guy does it as to build suspense and stuff, but I was completely happy listening at a faster rate on this one!
So in conclusion this book is very good if u can get past lots of discription in the first half and sloooow readers.
I would highly recommend this book. It was action packed and contemporary. Great twists and turns.
Eve's journey after she left her companions--I don't want to give anything away.
Great distinction between characters.
It had my heart pounding
Greg does it once again. I am now a true fan!
LOVE English Bulldogs, Nelson Demille, Patricia Cornwell and just reading in general!
I really enjoyed this book.. It had all the entertainment and suspense that Gregg's novels normally have, but involved many players instead of the usual one man/woman against the unknown. All the Characters were brought to life perfectly. You find youself loving the ones you should had HATING the ones you should.
There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story.
I love Gregg Hurwitz's books anyway but his writing just keeps getting better all the time. "Don't Look Back" is the ultimate, spine-tingling cat-and-mouse story, and will keep you glued to the pages. The protagonist is an unlikely heroine but proves her mettle when severely tested, and the bad guy, who is evil incarnate, is relentless. That's all of the storyline you're going to get from me...I wouldn't want to spoil a second of this adventure for anyone.
I devoured this book the first time through because I couldn't wait to find out how it ended, so I'm actually re-reading it already, this time savoring every delicious detail. "Don't Look Back" is definitely my favorite book on this summer's reading list.
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