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Don't Turn Around
by Jessica Barry
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Harper, 2020 (2020)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

How could something that seemed so simple go so horribly wrong? Cait Monaghan picks up Rebecca McRae for a long drive at night. On arrival at their destination, the two women find a large crowd of protesters.

Since Rebecca is a well-known figure, they decide it's best to turn around and head for home. However, a truck follows the two women through the New Mexican desert with ill intentions. Whoever is driving the truck is on the hunt - for one or both of them? If the former, which one?

This is where the plot gears up. Suspense. Terror. Action. It will keep you awake all night, even with all the lights on and doors locked. Don't Turn Around was written by Jessica Barry, the acclaimed author of Freefall.

2nd Review by Hilary Williamson:

Jessica Barry's Don't Turn Around has been compared to Thelma & Louise. They do have a long car chase in common. Yet, much of the interest in this thriller comes from the fact that Cait and Rebecca don't know each other at the start. The reader learns about their back stories - and their secrets - just as they do. Each has been in the public eye and neither wanted it.

Wannabe journalist Cait works for an organization that helps women, and Rebecca (wife of an important figure) has called for that assistance, hence the 278 mile road trip. But Cait wasn't supposed to be Rebecca's driver. She had her own reasons for seeking the job. When they are repeatedly attacked on the road, the two women don't know whose past actions are at the root of the violence, and they can't trust each other, even though they must deal with events together.

Their characters are well developed and the suspense - around the reason for the attacks and whether or not they can survive them - makes the reader anxiously turn each page. It's an engrossing read!

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