Thanks to Harper Books for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
DON’T TURN AROUND – Jessica Barry (Released June 16th, 2020)
You can see my thoughts on her debut novel, FREEFALL, here!
The riveting follow up to Jessica Barry’s debut Freefall—a controversial, of-the-moment thriller about two women fighting for their right to live.
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. . .
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
Last year I was instantly hooked on Jessica Barry’s debut novel, Freefall. So go say I was anxious for her follow up would be an understatement. What I loved about that one was how it all was in the moment. Not a huge jump in time and that gave it the adrenaline rush pacing. DON’T TURN AROUND had that same approach. Like the synopsis says, “322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer.”
This is going to have to be a short and sweet review because I don’t want to accidentally spoil any of the action! Barry definitely didn’t get a sophomore slump with this one and I think this solidified her as a new auto-buy author for me.
Another “in-the-moment” thriller that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I won’t lie, I was mad I had to put it down, but 2am seems to be a reasonable time for a bookworm to finally surrender to sleep. Definitely keep this one on that summer TBR!