Never Look Back

Never Look Back

Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a Serial-esque podcast twist—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series.When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumethe USAAward-nominated What...

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Title:Never Look Back
Author:Alison Gaylin
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  • NZLisaM

    In

    , teenage couple, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a 13 day killing spree in California, ending in them both perishing in a fire.

    Quentin Garrison is working on a podcast called

    , based on the idea that even though the murders occurred more than forty years ago they still impact the lives of the survivors and their descendants. And, Quentin is one of them – his aunt was one of the victims.

    Film columnist, Robin Diamond receives a strange phone call from Qu

    In

    , teenage couple, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a 13 day killing spree in California, ending in them both perishing in a fire.

    Quentin Garrison is working on a podcast called

    , based on the idea that even though the murders occurred more than forty years ago they still impact the lives of the survivors and their descendants. And, Quentin is one of them – his aunt was one of the victims.

    Film columnist, Robin Diamond receives a strange phone call from Quentin. He's been contacted by a man claiming to have recognised her mother, Renee, from a Mother's Day video Robin posted for her column. The witness is convinced that Renee is April Cooper, that he knew her personally after she was presumed dead in a fire. Robin dismisses the notion as preposterous, but soon after her parents are victims of a home invasion. Could Renee Diamond really be notorious serial killer April Cooper?

    Quentin and Robin each conduct their own investigations, determined to get to the truth. But doing so, will place their own lives in danger.

    Tense, horrifying, fast-paced, and emotionally affecting, I quickly devoured this psychological suspenseful read. There were twists aplenty, and they keep on coming until the last page. Protagonists, Quinten and Robin, narrated the present, with the 1976 events unfolding via chilling, journal-style,

    , written by April Cooper. The opening pages, April's first entry, a written assignment for her freshman social studies class, hooked me immediately, and chapter two in Quentin's POV quickly endeared me to his character, and I felt the same way when Robin was introduced. The premise reminded me a of a novel I read last year, but that's where the similarities ended, this one was a lot better.

    Content wise, there is nothing overly graphic or gruesome, no blow-by-blow of the murders April and Gabriel committed together. Instead, April's journals focus on her destructive and controlling, co-dependent relationship with Gabriel, and her secretive nature. I was expecting more of a focus on the podcast aspect, but the fact that there wasn't didn't make me feel like there was anything missing.

    novel,

    , was a huge hit for me, and

    will likely make my

    , end-of-year, top favourites list. This one's out

    , so make sure to mark your calendars, as it's not to be missed.

  • Berit☀️✨

    BEST THRILLER of the SUMMER!!!

    Alison Gaylin completely sucked me in with this tense absorbing dark story. 1976 California the Inland Empire ( fun fact is where I live). Two teenagers go on a killing spree that ends with them both dying in a fire. Present day quinton a crime podcaster is investigating these serial killers whose actions had a direct impact on his life. In the course of his investigation he happens across a film journalist living in New England who also has a tie to the

    BEST THRILLER of the SUMMER!!!

    Alison Gaylin completely sucked me in with this tense absorbing dark story. 1976 California the Inland Empire ( fun fact is where I live). Two teenagers go on a killing spree that ends with them both dying in a fire. Present day quinton a crime podcaster is investigating these serial killers whose actions had a direct impact on his life. In the course of his investigation he happens across a film journalist living in New England who also has a tie to the story. What transpires is a tents and disturbing search for the truth. The book is told from the perspective of Quinton, Robin, and a young April Cooper (one of the teenagers). I found each of these characters perspectives unique and compelling. Aprils story was told to us in letters written to her future child, this was both chilling and endearing. Not going to lie I really liked April as well as Quinton and Robin and as things began to unravel I was shocked. This was a book that really made you question how well do you know the people in your life? Your parents? Your significant other? Your coworker? And the twists kept coming! As soon as I thought aha I got this figured out the book slammed me and said not so fast inspector Berit! This was just a brilliantly told story that kept me invested and on the edge from first page to last! If you love thrillers, books about serial killers, crime podcasts then this is a can’t miss!

    🎧🎧🎧

    Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, James Fouhey

    Both narrators did a wonderful job with the narration of the story. As always getting a voice to extremely well develop characters just adds another dimension to the story. You can listen to the narrator’s as they present this scripted podcast of what Quinton was working on during this book.

    *** Big thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book ***

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    When someone is that close, you don’t just hear a whisper. You feel it.

    She clutched a skittish little terrier in her arms that yapped and yapped, as though it had been born into the wrong life and was desperately trying to alert the world about it.

    And then I saw it happen: Officer Nelligan recognized us. I knew it before he said anything, just in the way he stopped talking, the way his back straightened, and he seemed to change shape, growing b

    Favorite Quotes:

    When someone is that close, you don’t just hear a whisper. You feel it.

    She clutched a skittish little terrier in her arms that yapped and yapped, as though it had been born into the wrong life and was desperately trying to alert the world about it.

    And then I saw it happen: Officer Nelligan recognized us. I knew it before he said anything, just in the way he stopped talking, the way his back straightened, and he seemed to change shape, growing bigger and taller and meaner than he’d been just two seconds earlier. I pictured buttons popping on his uniform, his rage turning him into a giant, a monster that could, would kill Gabriel and me…

    Time froze into a still photograph. I was standing at one end of a tunnel and Officer Nelligan was at the other and there was no one else in the world but the two of us.

    I think that spending all this time with Gabriel has made me turn a little, like when you leave a glass of milk out in the sun… Every day, I will do something good for a person or an animal. I won’t go to sleep until I’ve made someone’s life better. And all those good deeds will turn me back.

    Life rides some of us harder than others.

    The sky here is so beautiful— like someone spilled a jar of silver glitter over a black velvet cape.

    Summer glanced up to see the waitress standing over her, a look in her eye like they’d drawn straws back in the kitchen and she was the loser.

    My Review:

    After reading If I Die Tonight, I was aware of Ms. Gaylin’s uniquely devious style of slowly weaving seemingly unrelated yet mind-tickling events together into an ingeniously intriguing and complex tale of tragedy and secret lives. The characters were compelling yet deeply damaged and brimming with recalcitrant secrets and incongruence. The storylines were diabolically captivating and maddeningly paced, keeping my curiosity on a sharp edge. And to my unbridled delight, the last hundred pages exploded with twist after twist, it was brilliant. Alison Gaylin is an exceptional talent and has mad skills, but I can’t help but feel a bit fearful for her neighbors…

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    I loved If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin and was really excited when I got my hands on this one! There might have been some dancing going on. After reading Never Look Back there was definitely some dancing going on with my Traveling Sister Kim who read this one with me. We both really enjoyed this one.

    Never Look Back is a fast-paced, fun twisty and action-packed story that had me on the edge of my seat trying to piece together how everyone was connected to our teenage couple serial killers her

    I loved If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin and was really excited when I got my hands on this one! There might have been some dancing going on. After reading Never Look Back there was definitely some dancing going on with my Traveling Sister Kim who read this one with me. We both really enjoyed this one.

    Never Look Back is a fast-paced, fun twisty and action-packed story that had me on the edge of my seat trying to piece together how everyone was connected to our teenage couple serial killers here in this story.

    Alison Gaylin delivers quite the fun entertaining read here with each twist to the story as she delves into each character’s psyche. The story does have a predictable feel to it right from the start however Alison Gaylin has a way with those well-plotted twists that kept it feeling exciting. Each twist kept me guessing and doubting everything right up to the very end. I highly recommend for a tension-filled, entertaining read with some unsettling dark to it to keep you on edge. I highly recommend.

    I received a copy from the publisher.

  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Wow! Just flipping wow! This book captivated me from the very first page and never let up. Sometimes a book starts out with a bang and you think that surely the author will not be able to keep up that type of intensity all the way through the book, well this one does. This book was not on my radar and yet it is one of the best I have read so far this year!

    How well do you know those closest to you? Perhaps you think you know everything about your loved ones, but you may be surprised.

    Wow! Just flipping wow! This book captivated me from the very first page and never let up. Sometimes a book starts out with a bang and you think that surely the author will not be able to keep up that type of intensity all the way through the book, well this one does. This book was not on my radar and yet it is one of the best I have read so far this year!

    How well do you know those closest to you? Perhaps you think you know everything about your loved ones, but you may be surprised. Everyone has their secrets, but just how dark are they? The 1970's string of grisly murders by a Bonnie and Clyde type couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy were the furthest thing from Robin's mind. She wasn't even born yet and why would she have any concern with the so called Inland Empire Killers? 40 years later they are all she can think about. Every single waking moment she thinks about them.

    Quentin Garrish has a popular true crime podcast and he has reason to believe that Robin's mother Renee may in fact have a connection with the killing spree. Even though April and Gabriel have been long gone for 40 years after they met their demise in a fire, Quentin is determined to convince Robin that her living mother Renee is deeply involved.

    Talk about not being able to put a book down! This book had so many dark, twisted turns it kept me guessing until the end. I thought I had it figured out and then a new shocking twist would come to light. I can't recommend this book enough! I read this with one of my best book buddies Brenda at Two Sisters and a Coulee and this was a fantastic buddy read. I can't thank William Morrow enough for sending this ARC print copy my way. I have just found a new favorite author and will be reading her other books! This book is a must read in my opinion! I highly suggest you get your hands on a copy now!

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    “Never Look Back” started off strong and stayed strong. With no shortage of drama and suspense, this gripping page-turner held my attention until I turned the very last page.

    April Cooper is working on an assignment for her ninth-grade Social Studies class. The assignment is “

    ”. The students are supposed to talk about their lives and predict what the world might be like in the year 2000. At first, A“A/>June/>What

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    “Never Look Back” started off strong and stayed strong. With no shortage of drama and suspense, this gripping page-turner held my attention until I turned the very last page.

    April Cooper is working on an assignment for her ninth-grade Social Studies class. The assignment is “

    ”. The students are supposed to talk about their lives and predict what the world might be like in the year 2000. At first, April was excited about this assignment, but now EVERYTHING has changed. She knows she won’t be able to turn it in… “

    The assignment turns into a diary of sorts as April continues to write to Aurora Grace, the daughter she hopes to have one day. April tries to imagine what that life might be like,

    April had returned from school earlier that day when she heard what sounded like gunshots. She knew that something terrible happened.

    is the co-host of a popular true-crime podcast. He’s working on a new podcast. “

    ” is about teenager killers, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy also known as the Inland Empire Killers. Forty years ago the teens went on a rampage and killed a dozen people in Southern California. Gabriel and April’s reign of terror ended when they died in a fire. Well, that is what MOST people believe.

    This podcast will be different from other podcasts Quentin has been a part of. This time it’s personal.

    After a disastrous interview, Quentin considers canceling the podcast but changes his mind after he and Summer meet with a new source who tells them one hell of a story.

    is a film columnist in New York City. Robin receives a call from Quentin who explains that he is working on a podcast about the Inland Empire Killers. He tells Robin he would really like to get in touch with her mother and asks if she will do him just one favor…

    Robin doesn’t realize just how much this phone call will change her life.

    The majority of the story is told from Quentin and Robin’s point of view, but a good portion of the story is also told through April Cooper’s letters. These letters are interspersed throughout the novel and we learn more about April’s life, her relationship with Gabriel, and details of what happened during the pairs crime spree.

    With its complex plot, well-developed characters, and well-timed revelations, this psychological suspense novel was EXTREMELY hard to put down.

    An addictive and gripping story about family, murder, and deception, that I highly recommend!

    I'd like to thank William Morrow for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • Larry H

    "Is there a way to stop something that's meant to be, even if it's something you don't want?"

    In 1976, teenagers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a killing spree in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Twelve people—some known to the killers, some random victims—were killed before the couple died in a fire at a religious compound.

    While the story of the murderers was tabloid fodder for a while and they even were the subjects of a made-for-television movie, t

    "Is there a way to stop something that's meant to be, even if it's something you don't want?"

    In 1976, teenagers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy went on a killing spree in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Twelve people—some known to the killers, some random victims—were killed before the couple died in a fire at a religious compound.

    While the story of the murderers was tabloid fodder for a while and they even were the subjects of a made-for-television movie, they soon faded into the peculiar history of serial killers and were mostly forgotten. But not by Quentin Garrison, who has a personal connection to Gabriel and April's crime spree years ago, and he believes that was responsible for his lousy childhood.

    Quentin is now a podcast producer focused on true crime, and both his husband and his best friend/co-producer convince him he should tie up the whole story as a way to bring himself closure. Yet when he receives a call from what appears to be a reliable source, saying that April Cooper is actually still alive and living in New York, Quentin is unsure whether closure will ever really be possible. Does he want April to be alive after all these years?

    Meanwhile, Robin Diamond is a controversial film reviewer for a popular entertainment website. She's never afraid to ruffle the feathers of their readers with her opinions, even if it brings crackpots to the surface. She's having doubts about her husband lately, but isn't sure if she really wants to know what has him working late and texting at all hours of the day and night. Regardless of all she's going through, she's not prepared for a phone call from Quentin asking about her mother's identity. And when a home invasion leaves her mother fighting for her life, she doesn't know what to believe.

    How well do we know our parents? Are they entitled to have secrets from us about their lives before we born, no matter how bad those secrets might be, or do we deserve full honesty? Can the truth really set us free, and is closure really possible?

    I loved Alison Gaylin's new thriller,

    . As I've stated many times before, I tend to be really hard on thrillers because I suspect everyone and over-analyze everything, so it takes a lot to surprise me. Gaylin definitely threw some twists and turns into her plot, and while not everything was shocking, the combination of mystery, suspicion, emotions, and character development really made this a compelling read.

    The book shifts narration between Quentin, Robin, and 15-year-old April (told in letters). There are lots of interesting connections that fall into place and lots of questions to answer. It's sad to see just how destructive secrets can be, potentially hurting not only those who have been keeping those secrets, but also having a ripple effect on others.

    Gaylin is a highly regarded thriller writer, but this is the first of her books I've read. I'm definitely going to read some of her earlier books, because I love the way she tells a story, and the plot and her characters were so well-developed. This book starts on a slow burn, but as it picks up steam, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

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  • Julie (JuJu)

    A dark...brutal....thrilling nightmare! Wow...I have been missing out! Alison Gaylin is top notch and knows how to throw in some surprising twists. I’m a fan of this extremely talented writer!

    The more I read, the more questions I had. Since this was a buddy read, I wrote down my thoughts and questions. On paper, it sounded like a soap opera, lol! But it definitely didn’t read like one.

    Thank you to Goodreads, William Morrow and Alison Gaylin for this ARC, received through a Goodreads

    A dark...brutal....thrilling nightmare! Wow...I have been missing out! Alison Gaylin is top notch and knows how to throw in some surprising twists. I’m a fan of this extremely talented writer!

    The more I read, the more questions I had. Since this was a buddy read, I wrote down my thoughts and questions. On paper, it sounded like a soap opera, lol! But it definitely didn’t read like one.

    Thank you to Goodreads, William Morrow and Alison Gaylin for this ARC, received through a Goodreads Giveaway, in exchange for my honest review!

    Lies and betrayal, between complex characters, interlaced through painful secrets and events. By destiny or misfortune? I’m not sure.

    April and Gabriel, two young teenagers, on a killing spree in the 70’s, that ends with both dying. During this time, April writes letters to her future daughter.

    Robin is a website columnist and film reviewer. Her father is a forensic psychiatrist. Her mother doesn’t work, but volunteers her time and loves helping others.

    Quentin is a true-crime podcaster, who is doing a podcast on the 70’s killing spree. He thinks April is still alive and living under another name. He also has a personal connection to the crimes.

    The book is told from Quentin and Robin’s POV, in addition to the letters April wrote to Aurora Grace. The letters were my favorite part! And April and Robin were my favorite characters.

    Thank you Ceecee for being such a great buddy read partner!

    4.25 ⭐️’s

    July 2nd 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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  • Kristy

    For Quentin Garrison, his podcast, entitled Closure, is truly about just that--closure. It centers on a series of murders in the 1970s committed by teens Gabriel LeRoy and April Cooper. The victims included Quentin's mother's little sister and his grandmother. As a result, Quentin has spent most of his life raised by a neglectful, drug addict mom. For Robin Diamond, a columnist, the podcast causes only confusion. When Quentin contacts her about it, asking specifically about April Cooper and tyin

    For Quentin Garrison, his podcast, entitled Closure, is truly about just that--closure. It centers on a series of murders in the 1970s committed by teens Gabriel LeRoy and April Cooper. The victims included Quentin's mother's little sister and his grandmother. As a result, Quentin has spent most of his life raised by a neglectful, drug addict mom. For Robin Diamond, a columnist, the podcast causes only confusion. When Quentin contacts her about it, asking specifically about April Cooper and tying her to Robin's own mother, Robin is bewildered. But the more she delves into the murders, the more she starts to wonder. Then there's a terrible home invasion at her parent's house, killing her father and leaving her mom unconscious. What exactly happened back in the '70s--and, now, in the home invasion?

    This was an

    . It's

    . When I started it, I was thinking to myself, not another podcast mystery, but little did I know... this book is

    and brings in the podcast element in a seamless, fresh way.

    It's told from the perspective of several of our main characters--particularly Robin and Quentin. We also get excerpts from a school assignment of April's when she was fifteen: letters to her future child. These slowly reveal what happened during the killings, and they are told in a spot-on voice of a fifteen-year-old girl. The

    : I found myself

    and read basically the last half of the book in one breathless setting, staying up past my bedtime to finish it.

    We learn that both Gabriel and April died in a fire at the site of their last attempted murder. So when Quentin receives a tip claiming that April Cooper is still alive, it changes everything, including the focus of his podcast. When he starts to believe that Robin's mother is April, things get even more interesting. I

    --constantly wondering if April was alive and if she was, who she could be. And then, there's the aspect of was April "good" or "bad" during the killings. So many people blamed her for the deaths of their loved ones, and

    .

    Even Quentin. Since his past is strongly affected by the murders, we find ourselves wondering if we can trust him, too. Quentin's grandfather basically gave up raising his daughter, Kate--Quentin's mother--after the death of his wife and young daughter. As such, Quentin's own mother wasn't much of a parent to him. Quentin's own bitterness and anger shines through--a strong theme in the book. Can we rely on someone so angry, we wonder? I felt for him, and his devoted husband and loving best friend and podcast partner. So

    . Each flew off the page.

    This is

    , and there are many scenes of violence. But, for me, it was the emotional scenes that were the toughest to read. There are many touching moments, too, and I

    . Reading young April's letters was quite a feat.

    , and

    --you feel as if you are there with her characters.

    The ending was a tough one, but I get it. Overall, I

    . I am just loving Gaylin's recent books and need to go back and read some of her previous works (there's a little Brenna Spector shoutout in this one for those of you who are fans). Definitely recommend! 4.5 stars.

    I received a copy of this book from William Morrow and Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

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  • Ceecee

    Teenagers Gabriel and former girlfriend April Cooper go on a killing spree in 1976 in California. Both were thought to have died in a religious compound but is April still alive and assuming another persona? Quentin Sharkey, a journalist investigates these killings as they have have links to his mother. The book starts well and the story unravels effortlessly and keeps my interest. Part is narrative in the present day and the other part of the storytelling is letters written by April to her futu

    Teenagers Gabriel and former girlfriend April Cooper go on a killing spree in 1976 in California. Both were thought to have died in a religious compound but is April still alive and assuming another persona? Quentin Sharkey, a journalist investigates these killings as they have have links to his mother. The book starts well and the story unravels effortlessly and keeps my interest. Part is narrative in the present day and the other part of the storytelling is letters written by April to her future daughter during the killings. This is a useful technique as we see into April’s mind although I feel that she is not truthful, she diverts blame to Gabriel and yet she is clearly as monstrous and they are full of contractions. Towards the end, I question the purpose of the letters and the plot seems to get very convoluted and so hence 4 rather than 5 stars.

    On the whole, it’s a good story, full of twists and turns, with interesting characters.

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