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I'm a librarian based in the UK who loves books. I'm happiest when I'm either talking about them, reading them or buying them. This blog is dedicated mainly to my addiction to YA fiction but you will also find some adult and non-fiction book reviews as well.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review: Don't Look Back - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, published by Hodder on 10th April 2014

Goodreads synopsis:
What if you had the chance to start again...but only if you promised never to look back? Samantha is popular, rich, and seemed to have it all...until the night she and her best 'frenemy' Cassie disappeared and only Sammy resurfaced, with no recollection of who she is or what happened. Sammy's a stranger in her own life - a life she no longer wants any part of. Losing her memory is a chance to start again. Then Sammy begins receiving mysterious notes warning her about that night, urging her to not look back. But she can't let it go. As she starts poking around in her past she begins to remember...and something sinister begins to surface.


Review:
This is my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout in one of my new favourite genres - psychological thriller.  The combination made for a superb read and I will definitely be seeking out more books by this author in the future.  I'm a huge fan of this particular genre because it's gripping, compulsive, addictive, dark and twisty.  It makes for a story which you have to read in one sitting because there's no way you're going to be able to sleep until you know the outcome.  I know I couldn't!

The main character Samantha is suffering from amnesia after an accident involving her best-friend Cassie, who has disappeared.  With no trace of Cassie anywhere and Samantha unable to remember what happened, she has to try to piece her fragmented memories back together before suspicion falls squarely on her shoulders.  The problem is that creepy notes start appearing and it seems that someone else desperately doesn't want her to remember the events which led to her friend's disappearance. 

I enjoyed this story so much.  I had my suspicions about what had happened and who was involved and I always have fun with these kinds of books in trying to follow all the clues but in this case I was way off the mark and completely taken by surprise when the truth finally emerged.  I thought that Jennifer L. Armentrout did a great job of adding in lots of little things which threw me off the right path and made the ending even more exciting.    

I loved lots of the secondary characters in the book too, in particular Samantha's twin brother Scott and her childhood friend Carson.  I fell head over heels for Carson from the very first moment that we were introduced to him.  He's so sweet and I loved the fact that he and Samantha had shared so many wonderful childhood moments together.  I was definitely rooting for them to end up with each other. 

'Don't Look Back' was a thrilling read which had me glued to my seat.  I can't wait to get my hands on more titles by Jennifer L. Armentrout in the future and I would highly recommend this book to other readers.  You won't be able to put it down! 


 

2 comments:

  1. I love psychological thrillers...I need to check this one out!

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