Don't Look Away

Don't Look Away

by Leslie A Kelly
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Don't Look Away 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I love a good crime drama. Maybe it's because my dad was a crime scene investigator while I was growing up and I've come to love the whole process of catching a killer. I don't know. But when I saw that this was a crime drama with a (semi) futuristic twist to it, I jumped at the chance to read this novel. And then I let it sit on my TBR shelf for months. Months and months. For some reason, I just wasn't inclined to pick it up. I think subconsciously, I was wary. But I had no reason to be ... this is the first novel I've read from this author and I don't read reviews on a novel that I'm going to read because I don't want to taint my first impressions and feelings. I really had no reason to not pick this book up. I just didn't. When I finally did pick it up, I wasn't disappointed. It really grabs you from the first page and immerses you into this world in the not too distant future and it is eerily close to home. With how things are in the world today, this book could be considered a bit foreshadowing if things play out as everyone fears. Anyhow, it was really cool ... the technology and the reasoning behind it ... it seemed feasible. Everything in this novel seemed like it could come to pass ... it was really kind of creepy. Anyhow, about a fourth of the way through the novel, I just kept hitting these patches of reader quicksand. You know what I'm talking about ... the story feels like it ran into a brick wall and is struggling to plow its way through ... it was just rough. I felt like I had to force myself to read further and further. Reading shouldn't be like that. But it kept this sluggishness up for pretty much the rest of the book. The beginning of the novel felt like it was just going to blow my mind and then this. I was pretty disappointed when I put this one down. Maybe I've hit a reading plateau and if I were to pick this up at another time, I would enjoy it. I don't know. What I do know is that while this book isn't badly written, it just wasn't for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definite 5 stars! DON'T LOOK AWAY is a stunning beginning to the Veronica Sloan series. Leslie A. Kelly does a remarkable job introducing characters, main and secondary alike. I found the writing easy to follow, incredibly well done--from pacing to dialogue, to how much was revealed and when, to the culmination at the end. It was an exciting read that I was loathe to put down....even when it was ridiculously late at night and I found myself saying, "just 'til the end of the chapter, just a few more pages, just 'til the end of the scene." Yeah, right!--not the way Ms. Kelly writes! I found it wicked hard to put down. DON'T LOOK AWAY is set in 2022, in a United States that looks so much like ours, and yet so very different. The story world she created is so freaking believable, so true to human nature, so REAL that the suspense in this thriller lived up to its genre in every way. The futuristic science-fiction (but oh, so possible with the way medical technology is progressing) element was an integral part of the plot, and I'm very impressed with how the author introduced the subject, wove it throughout the novel, and made it a key part of the whole story. Looking back, I'm confident there wasn't a single scene, a single idea, a single character introduced who didn't MATTER, completely, to the story. WOW-- it's not every day that happens. Fabulous police procedural (though far from encumbered by it) rich with suspense (in every meaning of the word). The romantic thread WORKED...and I found the characterizations and personalities in Veronica (Ronnie), her (police) partner and best friend Mark Daniels, and FBI competition/partner/nemesis Jeremy Sykes. For the genre, the amount of romance was JUST RIGHT. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series (DON'T EVER STOP) which is already cued up in my library. Cant' wait to dive in! Kudos to Leslie A. Kelly for an incredible book. I highly recommend it to fans of thrillers, suspense, mysteries, police procedural novels, etc. (Contains strong language [in small amounts], sex, graphic violence. IMHO, not for the faint-of-heart or youth.)
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mslizalou More than 1 year ago
I love a really good mystery or thriller. I was lucky enough to get a review copy from the author through NetGalley. I actually purchased my print copy even before I finished reading my digital copy. I absolutely loved Don’t Look Away! It is set in the future just enough years for all the technology to be believable without being too out there. I also love books set in the future, and this one was very well done. Veronica Sloan is a totally kick-ass character and I loved her from the very beginning. She and her partner Mark Daniels have worked well together for years and are pulling into what appears to be a typical murder except the victim was a participant in a top-secret experiment. Once Ronnie is attacked by the killer, FBI Agent Jeremy Sykes is called in to assist in the investigation. Jeremy and Ronnie trained together and have clashed from day one. They have amazing chemistry and I couldn’t wait for them to finally get together.  I have to say I guessed the wrong killer in the beginning. I love when that happens with a thriller. I did figure it out right before the killer was revealed, but not the reason why. Leslie Smith totally kept me on the edge of my seat reading this book. I can’t wait to see where she takes this series in the future. Don’t Ever Stop, book 2 in the series is currently set to release on July 15, 2013. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago