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Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

Don't Look Back

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October 2014 Book of the Month.

Fantastic from start to finish. Real edge-of-your-seat stuff. In the prologue Theresa is spying on a man in a jungle in Mexico. She is spotted and caught by him. Eve, on holiday in an Eco-lodge with several other guests, finds Theresa’s camera, looks at the pictures and delves into the mystery. Murder and mayhem ensue and this becomes a cat-and-mouse tale of survival. There is a constant presence of the ‘mad man’ with no rescue or hope in sight. Fear bristles from the pages of non-stop pace and vivid descriptions; terrific.

If you like Gregg Hurwitz you might also like to read books by Harlan Coben, Simon Kernick and Linwood Barclay.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. If you are among those who have discovered the professional skills of the American novelist Gregg Hurwitz, you will need little persuasion to pick up Don’t Look Back, which easily numbers among his most tense and involving books. The fact that the book arrives festooned with praise from such writers as Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben and Lee Child might understandably persuade you to pick this one up – an action you won’t regret. Hurwitz’s protagonist Eve Hardaway, on holiday after the breakup of her marriage, catches sight of someone she should never have seen…
~ Barry Forshaw

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Mary Gibson - 'This is a claustrophobic and unremitting, violent thriller that plunges the reader into the heart of the story.  Eve is a memorable, empathetic heroine.' Read full review >
  • Iris Clements - 'it is certainly not a book for the feint hearted. This is escapism at its best, a really good read and I shall be looking out for more books by this very talented and original storyteller.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'Brilliant fast paced book, kept my attention from page 1. Absolutely loved it...Not just a serial killer thriller either, this has a bit more depth and was truly a page turner.' Read full review >
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Once started this book is difficult to put down...This is a seriously creepy story...and it had me on tenterhooks throughout.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'WOW! Just amazing, best book I have read in ages.' Read full review >
  • Ruth Carson - 'This is an action packed, fast paced thriller which I'd highly recommend.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Hall - 'My overall verdict is that thriller fans will consume it in no time and absolutely devour it, but for other readers I wouldn't say this is a must read.' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A very readable roller-coaster of a thriller. You are hooked after the first few pages. A good read but you will never go into the jungle alone!' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'This is my first book by Gregg Hurwitz that I have read and will not be my last. I loved the new fresh idea of Gregg's story that takes place in a jungle.' Read full review >
  • Pete Nicol - 'Don’t Look Back is an exciting thriller with a strong lead character that is well told and which leads to an intense page-turning finale.' Read full review >
  • Bethany Dimmock - 'Although I anticipated more from the novel, I have to say it is an easy read with a very original plot, with a prominent link with current affairs.' Read full review >
  • Ian Harvey-Brown - 'In terms of pure page turning ability this deserves the max. Great read, great characters, great setting, pacey, decent ending. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended.' Read full review >

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Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

Don't Look Back is the brilliant new thriller from Gregg Hurwitz. After the breakup of her marriage, Evie takes the holiday of a lifetime. A few weeks of hiking, rafting and jungle adventure at an eco-lodge in Mexico sound ideal. But what should have been the perfect pick-me-up soon turns into a nightmare. Nothing is quite what it seems. There are secrets hidden that can't be allowed to leave their jungle hiding place. And which their keeper will kill to protect. If she is ever to see her son again, Evie will be forced to find reserves of strength, courage and ingenuity she never dreamt existed. Or die trying. With great pace and pitch-perfect characterisation, Gregg Hurwitz rachets up the tension in Don't Look Back, his exceptional new thriller. Fans of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick will be hooked from the word go.


'Outstanding in every way' -- Lee Child

'Pure nail-biting stay-up-all-night suspense' -- Harlan Coben

'Tough, well-written, and memorable as hell' -- James Patterson

'Leaves your nerves jangled and your braincells melted' -- David Baldacci

'Thriller-writing at its best' -- Tess Gerritsen

About the Author

Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Orphan X, the first Evan Smoak novel. He is also the author of You're Next, The Survivor, Tell No Lies and Don't Look Back. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he lives with his family in LA, where he also writes for the screen, TV and comics, including Wolverine and Batman.

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Publication date

25th September 2014


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Penguin Books Ltd


464 pages


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