Don’t Turn Around

“The smell hits her first: burnt rubber and gasoline. Then the pain comes. The roar of blood in her ears, the gurgled strangle of breath.”

Thank you Harper Books for gifting me a copy of DON’T TURN AROUND by Jessica Barry in exchange for an honest review.

“322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets.

Midnight. Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae are on a desolate road that slices through the New Mexican desert. They’ve never met before tonight. Both have secrets to protect. Both of their lives are in danger.

When a truck pulls up fast behind them, they assume it’s punk teenagers or run-of-the-mill road rage, but it soon becomes clear that whoever is driving the truck is hunting them for sport—and they are out to draw blood.

As the miles unspool and the dangers mount, the pasts they’ve worked so hard to keep buried have come back to haunt them. Someone wants one of them dead. But which one? And given the lives the two women have been leading, that someone could be almost anyone.

If Cait and Rebecca are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust one another—and themselves. But trust is a costly business, and they’ve both paid the price before.”

Whew! This book was a ride (pun intended). I felt like with every chapter there was a new bombshell revealed. At one point, I was wondering what else could happen to these two women and what other secrets could they be hiding but the secrets just kept pouring out. The storyline kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and with short chapters, it made it easy for me to say ‘just one more chapter’ until I had finished the book. 

I would like to mention that this book is not for the faint of heart. There were A LOT of topics discussed in this book that made me feel that I needed to give a trigger warning – not just for a few pages but for the whole book. There was graphic death of an animal, miscarriage, sexual assault, abortion, and terrorism (like I said a lot happened in the 312 pages of this book. 

The only bit about this book that I did not enjoy was that I felt it to be hard too far fetched for my liking and I, also, felt like the ending was rushed. Which, I guess, because there was a cumulation of so many things happening on the road, that it just felt like bam! It was over. 

I recommend this for anyone who enjoyed NO EXIT as the storyline and pace of DON’T TURN AROUND reminded me of that thriller/horror that I read a few years ago (and am still traumatized by). 

DON’T TURN AROUND was published on June 16, 2020, and is available to order now!

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