Publication: 6th Februart 2020 – Orion
She was the most brutal killer of our time. And she may have been my mother…
When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.
Robin thinks Quentin’s claim is absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin’s beloved parents are the one absolute she’s always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband and frequent threats from internet trolls. Robin knows her mother better than anyone.
But then her parents are brutally attacked, and Robin realises she doesn’t know the truth at all…
Delighted to kick off the blog tour for Never Look Back, the brand new novel by A. L. Gaylin.
It’s ironic how I’ve never listened to a podcast in my entire life, but I am drawn to thrillers where podcasts are at the center of the story. It’s probably because I don’t have the patience to listen to them. I don’t even use audiobooks, I prefer to read it. However, I find fascinating how in books the starting of a podcast triggers a series of events that make for a thrilling read.
In Never Look Back, the story begins in 1976 when a fifteen-year-old girl is writing a letter to her future child. Throughout the novel, we read more of these letters and they are both moving and suspenseful. We jump forward to forty years later. In California, Quentin, a young man in his twenties, has started a podcast, Closure, to help families find, as its name say, closure after a tragedy. Quentin has his own personal reasons to start this podcast because he hopes to find out the truth on a murder case that ruined his family. In New York, journalist Robin his facing backlash following an article she published, she thinks her husband is cheating on her, and she is now receiving calls from Quentin revealing her that her mother, the person she trusts most in the word, may be one half of a teenage couple who went on a killing spree back in the 1970s.
I was on the edge of my seat from the first page. The author knows how to take the reader by surprise. When you think you have figure it out… BAAM, you find out you don’t. The twists and the revelations just keep coming and the more I neared the end, the more I couldn’t put it down.
The characters are multi-layered and well-constructed and their stories are heart-breaking: broken families, traumatizing childhoods… And the tension? It’s always high, never a moment of calm.
Never Look Back is a dark and addictive novel about murder, families, and secrets that will make you hold your breath from the first to the last page. Brilliant!!!
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Alison Gaylin is the award-winning author of Hide Your Eyes and its sequel, You Kill Me; the standalones Trashed, Heartless, What Remains Of Me and If I Die Tonight; and the Brenna Spector series: And She Was, Into the Dark, and Stay with Me. A graduate of Northwestern University and of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lives with her husband and daughter in Woodstock, New York.