A chilling and compelling debut crime thriller set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham, and Peter Robinson. Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level.
DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil, too.
After 10 years in London, working for a City law firm, Clare Donoghue moved back to her home town in Somerset to undertake an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. Never Look Back is her first novel and in 2011, whilst still an unpublished manuscript, was long-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger.
©2014 Clare Donoghue (P)2014 Audible Studios
Yes I would listen to this again just in case I missed anything the first time and I was very impressed that I wasn't saying 'ya right' as the story continued through each chapter.
I liked the narrators
It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.
Probably a historical novel
The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.
The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.
Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.
Superb narration. It was great to have too many readers for the story because they eat represented unique characters in the book
It seems the author has decided she wants to write a book that can go straight to BBC mysteries. Character information is parsed out in tiny threads--the reader must stay tuned to get more information. The description of the detective was something like this: looks like a movie-star from Hollywood but a bit rougher. This wasn't meant to read, it was meant to be made for TV--especially because the very simple basic crime isn't worth a full-length novel.
Enjoyed the book and seldom write negative reviews. This one kept me entertained throughout and was worth the purchase.
Tend to avoid female authors as the Venus/Mars boundary seems too wide for females to write male roles well. Our hero in this story line was well written.
Toward the end, I did find exception.
From childhood up, we males are ingrained with an "I am the protector" mentality. Failure to fulfill that role is devastating, not trivial.
"An excellent debut"
Although this debut from Clare Donoghue does not quite live up to the hype it is an excellently written, constructed and characterised thriller. I did find myself completely gripped by it and found it to be something a little different from many of the current psychological thrillers. I always love multiple voices narrating as it seems to bring the story alive and the narrators here are excellent. I will definitely be watching out for what Clare Donoghue does next.
"Always like a crime story....."
Not a bad debut at all. The characters are well thought out and the story moves a long at a good pace. I didn't think it lived up to the hype but was a great start and I will look forward to the next one.
Great narration and good story.
"Modern detective story"
Whilst the story is fairly well crafted it doesn't deserve the hype or the comparison with Peter James' novels. The fear and tension of being followed was well done but it didn't stick in my mind for long after I had finished listening.
"A most enjoyable read"
This is an exciting thriller and the idea of using two narrators is excellent as this avoids a female reader doing exaggerated husky voices and for a male reader to try out irritating soprano efforts. Mike Lockyer the detective is extremely likeable and human. The intrigue is led at an agreable pace. This is my first encounter with Clarie Donoghue and I look forward to reading other books by this promising author.
"A really good book"
I found it an excellent story and well plotted.
It would give it away if I told you that
I found them both equally good at their voices
Watch your back
I cannot wait for the next book , very good and I listen to loads of books
Favourite book ever
What a twist- I didn't see it coming.
Both character were great with very different personalitys
I can't wait for the next book by this great author.
"Average story spoiled by poor narrator."
I listened to the end but I wouldn't say it was particularly gripping. My heart sank every time Imogen Church started to narrate - she manages to make every character sound half asleep. I don't think I will be listening to anything narrated by her again.
"Change at Lewisham"
More in-depth research on the south-east London setting.
Yes. I was pleased and surprised to stay interested in and sometimes gripped by this police procedural. Initially, I had thought not-another thriller with the standard ingredients: violence against vulnerable women as the centre point; tough detective with personal problems; a serial killer; and a rather embarrassing love affair, the last of these a function of the need to add a complication to an already tangled plot and introduce a supposedly more human side to a detective hardened by the job. However, Clare Donoghue is quite assured, both in her writing which, in spite of the clichéd story and characters, is not formulaic and in the narrative structure, with different chapters told from the point of view of, though not necessarily in the words of, the main characters. To say more would spoil the plot which has some clever twists.
I live in the next borough to Lewisham, where the central police station of "Never Look Back" is located and this added to my interest. However, given that “Never Look Back” is the first of a series of South-East London detective novels centred on the tough detective, Mike Lockyer, and his - in this novel - rather routine and stereotypical detective sergeant, Jane Bennett, Donoghue could have done a whole lot more with the setting and the ways in which these boroughs differ not so much from Inner London boroughs as from other outer boroughs. There are any number of good guide books and a few remarkably good writers on aspects of London and even if Donoghue doesn’t live in this area she could get more from these writers to explore the ways in which crime, class, money, gender, and specific locations can be linked, not least because of the kinds of urban developments that are now giving Lewisham a new, though possibly sham, future. Although location isn’t the only check upon the tendency in any series for generic tics and structures to take over, it is one that could be usefully explored. Like the Underground, many few inhabitants of London don’t go to some of the South-Eastern outer boroughs.
It will be interesting to see how a variation in the follow-up which sees DS Jane Bennett take on a more substantial role.
"A good yarn"
A good story that could have been improved if it had better narrating but overall OK
"TO LAID BACK NARRATION"
Overall story was good kept guessing till last couple of chapters then the ending a bit gory could have been a bit happier. The only thing that spoilt the story was the narrator, he sounded too laid back as if he couldn't be bothered and just reading out loud as he gets paid to do it, don't think he was the right person for this story line
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content