Thursday, 7 April 2016

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout


Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armetrout
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
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Samantha Franco has the perfect life. Until, that is, she and her best friend Cassie disappear and only Samantha resurfaces ... with no knowledge of what happened.

And Cassie stays missing. Gradually, Samantha begins to piece together her memories of that night. If she can do so, she may yet be able to save her friend. And, little by little, something begins to emerge ...

Then she gets the note: Don't Look Back. You Won't like What You Find.


Review


I'm a sucker for thrillers and am so glad I picked up Don't Look Back because it was absolutely thrilling!

Loved:

1. Strong Plot Twist 
Any thriller is a great thriller with a punch that really shocks the reader. Don't Look Back does exactly that, so that when the finale was revealed I was left surprised and satisfied. It made finishing the book worth it. I didn't expect at all and it was both exhilarating but also terrifying.

2. Suspenseful and Captivating
The writing was intense and fast-paced, which meant that I flew through it in one day. I was engrossed in finding out who the killer was and the build in suspense was done amazingly. Anything that keeps me on my seat really sparks my interest and keeps me attached to the story.


Not So Much:

1. Lack of Character Depth/Progression 
If you're looking for a book with great character progression though, Don't Look Back doesn't encompass that. The characters are very black vs. white, with each character either being good or bad. There isn't really an exploration for the grey area that is most realistic. Samantha did progress a little but overall, the book did lack any 2-dimensional characters.

2. Missing Plot Points
Whilst I was engrossed with the storyline of the book, the plot did a lot more feeling than showing in regards to Samantha's past life and what she was capable of. I know it's not suppose to be a huge factor to the plot but it was something I wanted to see instead of just hearing about it. A lot of the plot gaps were things characters told Samantha. If anything showing rather than telling would've been better.

I do think that the positives do outweigh the negatives as an overall reading experience. When I was reading the book, the things I found I didn't like so much weren't frustrating me or weighing on my mind up until I finished it. And even then it wasn't something that made me feel immensely dissatisfied with the read. Would definitely recommend if you love YA thriller!

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