Regular price: $15.48

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

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 Never Look Back is her first novel and in 2011, whilst still an unpublished manuscript, was long-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger.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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    130
  • 4 Stars
    122
  • 3 Stars
    59
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    16

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    147
  • 4 Stars
    103
  • 3 Stars
    40
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    8

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    112
  • 4 Stars
    106
  • 3 Stars
    55
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    12
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

narrators

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rollin
  • 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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent, well read and written

Any additional comments?

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

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • A
  • 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

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Never looking back

Struggled in the beginning, but the end was chilling! The story was fine and had suspense.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Salter
  • 05-24-18

Really enjoyable murder/mystery...

Really enjoyed this murder/mystery. Spine tingling at times, and equally chilling.The storyline keeps twisting and turning, and just as you think you've worked out who the killer is, something changes your mind once more. Superbly absorbing, and I'll certainly be listening to more in the series.
Very good narration throughout from Karl Prekopp and Imogen Church. The switching between characters works well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lucy
  • 03-21-16

Weak thriller

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more believable storyline, more likeable characters, better narration by Imogen, less padding - this really was a serial-killer-by-the-numbers book. Characters were un-engaging and mostly one-dimensional - I didn't care about them, to the point where I didn't even feel sad at the end.

What could Clare Donoghue have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Spent more effort creating fully rounded characters, developing better interaction between them, editing out all the padding (all that stuff with the autistic brother was boring). There were loads of "he said", "she said", so much that I started listening out for them and it ruined the experience - there should have been a lot more editing before publishing.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Can't fault Karl's narration, but Imogen's was just awful. Her attempt at a male voice was toe curling and she made Sarah sound so pathetic, girly and basically annoying. Every time Imogen spoke, I was lifted out of the story - not good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment mostly. The author had her main character embark on a relationship that seemed to come out of nowhere and was totally unconvincing. I just didn't buy for a minute that Mike would do that. The ending was also really abrupt and seemed to hinge on a chance observation by a cleaner, leaving me feeling most frustrated with the "god in the machine" tactics employed.

Any additional comments?

I was really disappointed by how much of a victim Sarah is, she just whines the whole time and is full of self-doubt. I just wanted to shake her and say "get a grip!" As a female writer, I would have hoped for stronger female characters. Jane is just a foil for Mike, nothing of substance there at all. Shame, really, it's a missed opportunity to promote strong female characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • fiona
  • 08-27-18

for a first novel ok

some of the writing was good, some was overdescriptive and the ending left a bit to be desired. not bad for the authors first novel it room for improvement. I think it was a bit overhyped in the review.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lauren
  • 08-09-18

So formulaic & predictable it was almost comical.

I wouldn't recommend this book if you want twists or good character development. Very predictable

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jen📚
  • 07-26-18

Uninspiring, boring ...

Maybe it's more of a slow burn book but was too slow for me. Tried to persist but by chapter 10, I gave up.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jolene
  • 07-20-18

Full of twists & great narration

Really enjoyed this book. It was very well written, it felt like you were watching a movie. It kept me guessing the whole way through right until the final twist at the end. Different voices were fantastic too.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.