Never Look Back

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In Never Look Back, three young women have been found brutally murdered in south London, their bodies discarded in plain view, the victims only yards away from help during each attack. And each time, the murderer gets a little bit bolder.

Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer is the head of homicide on the South London police force, and with three bodies on his watch and a killer growing in confidence, he and DS Jane Bennett are frantically trying to find the link between these ...

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Overview

In Never Look Back, three young women have been found brutally murdered in south London, their bodies discarded in plain view, the victims only yards away from help during each attack. And each time, the murderer gets a little bit bolder.

Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer is the head of homicide on the South London police force, and with three bodies on his watch and a killer growing in confidence, he and DS Jane Bennett are frantically trying to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. Slowly, the case is also invading Lockyer’s life outside the office, and the fact that his daughter matches the victim profile is putting a painful strain on their already fragile relationship.

Meanwhile, Sarah Grainger has a shadowy stalker following her every move. Once an outgoing London photographer, Sarah has begun locking herself away, almost too afraid to leave the house. Now her stalker’s actions are escalating. He’s desperate to tell Sarah a secret…a secret that Lockyer needs to know.

In her compelling and tautly-written debut, Clare Donoghue traces the paths of these captivating, three-dimensional characters as their lives become dangerously and inextricably entwined.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
British author Donoghue’s debut, the first in a contemporary procedural series, offers familiar character types and situations. The worn-out workaholic hero, Det. Insp. Mike Lockyer, head of the Murder Investigation Team in the London borough of Lewisham, and his reliable sidekick, Det. Sgt. Jane Bennett, go after a serial killer, while they battle family problems (each police officer has an autistic close relative). Short passages reveal the mind of a sinister someone who has set his sights on photographer Sarah Grainger, a soggy bundle of increasingly raw nerves. In an unsettling twist, one gruesomely mutilated victim eerily resembles Lockyer’s daughter, but the brief affair between Lockyer (isn’t he too tired?) and poor, pitiful Sarah (isn’t she too scared?) feels hastily contrived, and many genre fans will identify the killer far too early. Still, Donoghue’s ability to generate some scary atmospherics and sympathy for her characters suggests she has what it takes to build a solid detective series. Agent: Hellie Ogden, Janklow & Nesbit (U.K.). (June)
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"Donoghue melds a stunning plot with rich characterizations and imaginative prose…to create an affecting story that builds to a heart-pounding and heart-wrenching conclusion."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

"An excellent procedural debut with depth of characterization and plenty of suspense."—Kirkus

"Excellent…Each carefully planned chapter adds to the excitement with its attention to detail. Jane and Mike aren’t always in sync, which adds another dimension to the story, and Mike’s relationship with his autistic brother adds an interesting aspect to his personality. The climax is shocking and unexpected."—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

"A gutsy, gruesome, and compelling thriller."—Booklist

"Donoghue’s ability to generate some scary atmospherics and sympathy for her characters suggests she has what it takes to build a solid detective series."—Publishers Weekly

"An atmospheric, authentic police story…a cracker of a book."—Elizabeth Haynes, international bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner

"Tension so delicious you'll feel your scalp tingle as you read far, far into the night. A compelling debut that blends the dark fog of a London killing spree with characters and descriptions that make you feel like you're reading a newspaper rather than a novel. Bravo!"—Shane Gericke, national bestselling author of Torn Apart

"A scintillating debut. It's clever and compelling, and anchored by a host of vividly drawn characters. But be warned: the end of the novel delivers a series of shocks that will surprise and startle even the most dedicated thriller reader. You won't be able to put this one down."—David Bell, author of Cemetery Girl

"An assured and shocking debut from a talent to watch."—David Hewson, author of The Killing

Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-07
Detectives scramble to find the connections in a series of killings.DI Mike Lockyer runs a homicide unit in gritty South London with the help of capable DS Jane Bennett. What looks like the third in a string of remarkably similar homicides leaves Lockyer severely shaken because the latest victim resembles his daughter, Megan, who lives with his ex-wife. All three young women were raped; all had their wrists cut and their throats slashed; and all were killed in public places. At the same time, photographer Sarah Grainger is so terrified by a string of phone calls and the sensation of being constantly watched that she's afraid to leave her house. She gets no help from the police until Lockyer and Bennett get a look at her meticulous diary of every phone call and possible sighting of her stalker. From things he has said, they think he may know the identity of the murderer. Lockyer's stress mounts further when the next victim also turns out to resemble his daughter, who's moved in with him while her mother settles into a new relationship. Lockyer finally crosses the line when his protective feelings for Grainger jeopardize the investigation.An excellent procedural debut with depth of characterization and plenty of suspense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250046079
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: Mike Lockyer Novels Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 457,128
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

After ten years in London, working for a City law firm, CLARE DONOGHUE moved back to her home town in Somerset to undertake an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. In 2011 the initial chapters of Never Look Back, previously entitled Chasing Shadows, were longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award. Never Look Back is Clare’s first novel.

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