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Never Look Back by Clare Donoghue - Review.

Reblogged from Liz Loves Books.Com.:
Never Look Back (Mike Lockyer Novels) - Clare Donoghue

Coming 13th March 2014 from Pan MacMillan


Many thanks to the author and publisher for the compelling review copy.


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 . . .


So, yet another brilliant debut novel due to hit the shelves next year “Never Look Back” introduces us to DI Mike Lockyer and his team as they investigate a series of murders…and a stalker.


Oh how I love when I get right in at the start of a new series, especially a headstart and especially when they are as good as this one. It was genuinely creepy – I have spent the last few days whilst reading it surreptitiously looking over my shoulder, checking out parked cars in case someone is in them and obsessively drawing the curtains in my house as soon as the sky starts to darken…Just in case you understand.


DI Lockyer is fantastic, I completely fell in love with him. Sidekick Jane shows intelligence and depth and offsets him perfectly…together they delve into a mind of darkness and try and figure out how to stop the slaughter- but both have personal lives that can get in the way.


Meanwhile we also follow Sarah, who is becoming increasingly withdrawn from life having received a number of sinister phone calls, and always having a sense of being watched – the police seemingly able to do nothing, she hides away, finding it harder and harder to leave her sanctuary. Could her world and that of the murder victims be about to collide?


Cleverly written, broken down into days, we watch the investigation, Sarah’s increasing paranoia and DI Lockyer’s struggle to separate his emotions from the practical necessities of chasing a killer…and all the while the disturbing atmosphere builds.


Ms Donoghue writes with a clear eye to the ironic, in a smooth and addictive style, all the while adding substance and clarity to her characters as we get to know them. The final resolution is perhaps one of the best ones I have read lately and with a teaser of what is to come at the end of my beautiful review copy, my chronic impatience has just kicked in once more.


Happy Reading Folks!