Never Look Back – Clare Donoghue


Never Look Back was published by Pan on 13 March 2014 and is available to purchase here

A chilling and compelling debut crime thriller set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson.

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver . . .

Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level.

DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil too.

My thoughts

This is the start of a new crime series featuring DI Mike Lockyer and his sidekick, Jane Bennett. Three young women have been brutally murdered in London. At the same time, a stalker is watching and terrorising Sarah. Sarah has become increasingly agoraphobic and fearful.

This is a promising, well written crime debut from Clare Donoghue. Donoghue has created a very likeable flawed detective lead in Lockyer, who I look forward to reading about again. I actually felt quite sorry for him, as his history unfolded. The setting is London in winter and it felt very chilly and appropriate for murder. I thought the sub plot of the stalker and Sarah was slightly more interesting than the killer one.

Overall definitely worth a read if you like a good murder.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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