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Publisher's Summary

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 Never Look Back is her first novel and in 2011, whilst still an unpublished manuscript, was long-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger.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

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Superb narration. It was great to have too many readers for the story because they eat represented unique characters in the book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story, unexpected twists

Would you listen to Never Look Back again? Why?

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.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I liked the narrators

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Cholula, Mexico
  • 05-12-14

Thriller? Whodunit? Neither

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably a historical novel

How could the performance have been better?

The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.

Any additional comments?

Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Never Buy This Book

I had such high hopes because I LOVE IMOGEN CHURCH! I thought I could handle it even if it was only "OKAY" because she would bring it up a notch, boy was I wrong. It's also narrated by a man (cant remember his name) and he does 75% of the narrating so that was severely disappointing but not nearly as disappointing as the storyline.

The storyline (this is one of 3 books) is all over the place. The author doesn't seem to care to get you attached to any of the characters but to jumping around from here to there to nowhere.

At one point I thought to myself did I skip a chapter, but no the author just put big holes and gaps in the story.

Don't bother, unless you have read every other book on Audible....seriously!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent, well read and written

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This was a well researched and very well written story with good readers. The story concentrates on building the characters, procedure and the locations and is, thankfully, not over heavy on gore and sexuality. Looking forward to the next book in the series.br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Riveting

Good narration allowed me to enjoy this story. By the time I'd hit the last fourth of the book, I couldn't turn off the audio. An unexpected twist made it all the better!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 05-05-14

Reads exactly like a BBC mystery script

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.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I’m not looking back or ever going back to this series.

Blah! A completely unappealing detective, an amorphous and underdeveloped perpetrator, absolute failure on all female characters. Not a good book.

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Thrilling from beginning to end!

Clare Donoghue's debut novel is a faced paced, crime thriller that I couldn't put down until I finished in one sitting. The twists and who done its kept me guessing and on my toes! I had no idea who the killer was...and neither will you! Both narrators are perfect for this audio book!! Excellent performances!! I look forward to more Clare Donoghue in the future!!

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Loved it

Although I loved the book I won't give it 5 because she (The writer) killed Sarah. Now let's listen to the second book of the series.

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  • Saffy
  • 04-25-14

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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue Bayliss
  • 05-10-14

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith
  • 04-23-14

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 07-11-14

Wow

Where does Never Look Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Favourite book ever

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Look Back?

What a twist- I didn't see it coming.

Which character – as performed by Karl Prekopp and Imogen Church – was your favourite?

Both character were great with very different personalitys

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next book by this great author.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms
  • 04-07-14

A really good book

What made the experience of listening to Never Look Back the most enjoyable?

I found it an excellent story and well plotted.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Look Back?

It would give it away if I told you that

Which character – as performed by Karl Prekopp and Imogen Church – was your favourite?

I found them both equally good at their voices

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Watch your back

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait for the next book , very good and I listen to loads of books
Cy

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. J. M. Benjamin-potts
  • 09-14-15

grips you from start to finish!

excellent story, well rounded characters, narrated brilliantly!
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • iris
  • 03-30-14

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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Pickzie
  • 07-22-15

Recommend

Strong central character- plausible quiet hero. Building suspense and a great who dunnit. Narration seems a bit slow initially but don't be fooled or put off - great story and a good listen/ r

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Arcticangel.
  • 03-10-16

good read.

A very good read by an author I had not heard of before. Well narrated, and a good plot that kept you listening. I shall be looking for more of this author's work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • AH
  • 03-08-16

A great listen, a new fan of the author

The author seems to have balanced everything to create a very good book - not too graphic, not too technical, not too complicated. The narrators both added to the story, each applying convincing character voices and being very clear and easy to listen to. The only thing that crossed my mind on a couple of occasions whilst listening, though not enough to distract from the story, was how both narrators each did their own voices for the same characters. I would assume that having a male and female narrator would be to each do their own voices for male and female characters with one doing the main story line. Overall, a great listen and recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-16

Didn't disappoint

I really enjoy Imogen Church's narration. Listened over 2 days whilst doing a very boring job. Helped pass the time admirably.

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  • Ruth Gibson
  • 03-17-16

Captivating

great read. The story was captivating and the character identifiable. Love the naration with two voices adds to the experience. excited to read the next one.