Don't Look Behind You

Don't Look Behind You

by Lois Duncan

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Overview

April Corrigan's life is turned upside-down when she when she learns that her father has been working secretly undercover for the FBI. When his testimony convicts a notorious drug dealer, the whole family must relocate and enter the Federal Witness Security Program. April's entire way of life changes--not just her name. And when she attempts to communicate with her boyfriend, an agent is killed. With thrills, chills, and a high-speed cross-country chase, master suspense writer Lois Duncan will leave readers breathless!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316179829
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 199,792
File size: 596 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lois Duncan is an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She has published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was adapted into a highly-successful horror film, and Who Killed My Daughter?, a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder.

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Rita was back again in five days. This time she brought some official-looking papers in a folder that contained among other things four birth certificates and a marriage certificate.

The name on my father's birth certificate was "Philip Weber," and my mother's was "Ellen Paul." The marriage certificate was made out to show their true wedding date.

"At least we can celebrate our real anniversary," said Mother.

Bram's new birth certificate gave his name as "Jason Weber," and mine showed me to be "Valerie Weber," a name that I instantly hated. Not that I had ever been any too crazy about my real name. I'd always thought it sounded like an ingenue on a soap opera. But I knew there was no way I could ever be comfortable as "Valerie." When I heard that name the picture that leapt into my mind was of Steve's old girlfriend draped all over my own date, Bobby Charo, at Sherry's Christmas party.

"I will not be a 'Valerie,'" I said. "That name has bad vibes for me. Why can't we choose our own names?"

"Names are the least of our worries," Rita said shortly. "Our main concern is to get you people relocated. A major effort is being made to find you, and we want to get you transferred as quickly as possible."

"What's happened now?" Dad asked warily.

"Your mother-in-law had a phone call. The man identified himself as Mrs. Corrigan's editor. He told Mrs. Gilbert a movie producer wanted to buy the film rights to one of her daughter's books."

Mother's face lit up with the first real smile in weeks. "Did he say which book they want? What studio is it?" When Rita didn't reply, her excitement faded. "I take it you don't believe the call was legitimate."

"We know it wasn't," said Rita. "We called your publisher. The editor who was supposed to be trying to reach you was away on vacation. Nobody in the office knew a thing about a movie offer."

"Of course not," Mother said with quiet acceptance. "I can see now that the whole thing had to be a setup. A movie offer would have come through my agent, not my publisher, and neither of them would have tried to reach me through Lorelei. I don't think they even know what my mother's name is."

"A man like Vamp knows all the angles," said Rita.

"I don't like this," said Dad. "How soon can we get out of here?"

"You leave tonight," Rita told him. "It's all taken care of. I have you booked on a six P.M. flight to Florida."

"Florida!" Dad exclaimed. "That doesn't make sense. The drug trade in that state is the highest in the country."

"Vamp knows that too," said Rita. "It will work in your favor, because it will be the last place he'll expect us to send you. You'll land at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, but your final destination will be Grove City, fifty miles east of there. You're to travel in pairs, and your reservations have been made in the names of 'Freeman' and 'Gross.' That way, your tracks will be covered. Neither 'Corrigan' nor 'Weber' will appear on the passenger list."

Up until then, life had seemed to be stopped in a holding pattern like a frame of a broken movie reel. Now, abruptly, the film was running at triple speed, and in one brief moment we were jerked into frantic motion. For the next ten minutes we dashed about, grabbing up clothing, unplugging the hair dryer, and tossing our scattered belongings into suitcases.

We were ready to walk out the door, when Rita said, "Wait a minute. Something has to be done about Valerie's hair."

At first I didn't take in who it was she was talking about. Then, with a start, I remembered that I was Valerie.

"What's wrong with my hair?" I asked nervously.

"It's much too eye-catching. The color and length will make you stand out in a crowd. We're going to have to cut it before we leave here."

"No!" I cried. "I've been growing my hair for years!" My hands flew up protectively to cover my head. "I'll wear a wig or a scarf, but I'm not going to cut it!"

"It's much too long to fit under a wig," said Rita. "As for a scarf, nobody wears scarves in the summertime. Most physical characteristics can't be changed, but we can change the length of your hair, and it's important we do it."

"Mother!" I cried in anguish. "You aren't going to let her?" But even as I spoke, I knew it was hopeless. Mother had never worried about appearances, and her own short hair was cut in a blow-dry style that Lorelei and I had always agreed looked terrible.

I wasn't given time to argue my case. Within minutes I was standing in the bathroom with a towel draped over my shoulders and my eyes screwed shut so I wouldn't have to watch in the mirror as Rita hacked off my beautiful hair with fingernail scissors and Mother gathered it up and put it in the waste basket. Then we piled into Rita's car, a compact too small for five people, and sped back along the freeway toward the Richmond airport. The wind stroked the back of my neck with alien fingers, and despite the heat of the day, I found myself shivering.
guarded."

"I don't understand," I said.  "Why would anyone think Dad—"

"April, please, don't ask questions," said Mother.  "There just isn't time for that.  Go up to your room and put some things in a suitcase.  Max is going to put us up in a hotel tonight."

After I'd finished my packing, I carried my bag downstairs.  Everybody else was gathered in the hallway.  Mother had a suitcase, and Bram, his backpack.  A stranger looking in on us at that moment would have thought we were setting off on a family vacation trip.

"I don't want you contacting anybody," said Max.  "This is a secret getaway, like you see on television.  No one can even make one phone call.  We don't want a single person to know where you're going."

"Call me tonight so I'll know where you are," said Lorelei.

Mother shook her head.  "You heard what Max said."

"He didn't mean that you couldn't call me!" Lorelei protested.  "For the love of heaven, Elizabeth, I'm your mother!"

"I'm sorry, but Liz is right, Mrs.  Gilbert," Max told her.  "She and the children are not to make calls to anyone.  I'm sure you'll agree that their safety must make top priority right now."

He got into the driver's seat and started the car.  As we pulled out into the street, I impulsively turned around in my seat and looked back through the rear window.  Our house was positioned in the center of the glass like a painting in a frame, and the whole front yard was ablaze with the brilliance of springtime.

I stared for a moment, implanting the scene in my memory.  Then the car rounded a corner, and the picture was gone.

"Now can you tell me what's going on?"  I asked Mother.  "It can't be possible somebody meant to kill Dad!  How much of a threat is the manager of an air freight office?"

"Dad is more than an office manager," said Mother.  The light was too dim to allow me to see her expression.  "There's a reason we haven't seen Max for over a year now.  He's deliberately kept his distance to downplay their friendship.  Ever since the last time Max was at our house for dinner, your father has been working secretly for the FBI."



  

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Don't Look Behind You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best suspense book I have ever read! Although I wish there were more to it. Anyways, it's a MUST read to those who love suspense books Later folks :D
his2797 More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book. Lois duncan is a great author!! I love her books!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful
Josh Hughes More than 1 year ago
This book is really good my teacher recomended it and said it wuz. Really good and she wuz right :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book our teacher was making us read it silently so we all thought it was boring but it was one of the best books I've read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am eighteen years old now, but I remember reading this book one summer when I was younger and it was the first book that I've ever read in one sitting. The greatest book I have ever read still to this day. I was hooked. I could not put this book down. It is a real page turner. I promise you will not be disappointed by this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and full of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in first grade (i was a very advanced reader and just found ot again i always remembered the plot not the title! I am so excited to read it again! I remember it as a action filled novel. You can really relate to it it is told so realistically. Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i recently read this book for a book report in school and it was a very suspensefull book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I could not puut it down. Would reccomend this to someone who likes mystery/thriller kind pf book. A couple of murders so I would say its for olderish ten and up. -A
Lora Million More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book. i could read it over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good mysteries or books by Joan Lowery Nixon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome. i recommended it to all of my friends. Its great right from the start too. It kinda goes through a little bit of a rough patch in the middle, but the end makes up for that majorly. The action in the last 50 or so pages is amazing. I couldn't put it down
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Lois Duncan's book Don't Look Behind You was the best book I have ever read. I would recommened it to anyone. If you want a good thriller that you won't be able to put down read this book!
DF5B_WilliamH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't look Behind You is a suspenseful thriller by Lois Duncan. It's about a girl by the name of April Corrigan who used to live the perfect life in high school. Until her father who was testifing against a company gets shot at and his family is treatended. April's life is turned upside down when she has to move all the way to Florida with a new name of Valarie Weber. But she isn't really safe because the person that's been tracking her finds where she lives.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 17 year old protagonist of this novel has been moved with her family by the witness protection program because her dad is basically a moron. She's not terribly bright herself, as she makes several obvious mistakes that lead the people searching for them right to their location. A juvenile or young adult reader may be more entertained by the story, but I was mostly just calling her an idiot in my head the whole time. I have read other books by this author before and enjoyed them. I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Duncan's work is better when it has a tinge of the supernatural.
fersierras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that gets you hook in many ways, I think that the feeling and reactions of each character towards their situations are real and true. The reactions are believable and each character has different reasons for the reader to get hooked by them. Its a story of suspense, however, I loved the way the author gave little parts of romance and love in the story of April and Steve and the whole situation of teenage love. The situation they live causes the reader to guess about every decision they are about to take and finally they perform. The first chapters and last ones, made me feel the desperation and relief they have may felt. I liked the end a lot, the metaphor she uses about the prism is really significant. And the boy she meets at the end, gives you a feeling of happiness after all they suffered.
heike6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was about a teenage girl whose family had to go into the witness protection program. At first she takes things lightly, thinking nothing would happen to her, but over the course of the book she learns that her experience was a real-life one and not a Cinemax movie where everything ends well. I think the book is good for teenagers to learn to listen to the instructions of their elders, even if they think the instructions are stupid at the time, because they could end up saving their lives.
librarianlou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
April and her family are forced into the Witness Protection Program but a killer is after them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while getting ovver her book summer of fear itt was so good.I love lois because she makes it seem like she went through this in real life. She puts so much thought into her book where you can see a vidual picture in you head. All I have to say is well done Mrs. Lois Duncan and I cant wait to read the rest of your books THANK YOU
8384740BL More than 1 year ago
I choose  “don’t look behind you” I choose this book because it sounded like a good book but it was a ok book because to me it was sort of confusing to me and this isn't the best book I have read. One reason I don’t like is that it was confusing to me need, I sort of understand it when I finished I know that you might be thinking that I might suck at reading but I like reading mystery, adventure, and more. Then something that I dislike is the beginning because to me it was all confusing. I think that you should read it  if you are in mystery and it was not exactly turn page action but you should read it. 
Baxter0 More than 1 year ago
April Corrigan is an average popular teenage girl. She has many friends, an amazingly handsome boyfriend, she is great at tennis. You could say she has a perfect life. Until she finds out she has to leave it all behind. Her family must go into the Federal Witness Security Program. She has to leave and live somewhere else living as some other person who she does not want to be. She can’t tell anyone about this new life. All she wants is to be with her boyfriend and be happy. Unfortunately she can’t do that. She can’t leave behind this perfect live that she has in Virginia. She also doesn’t want to get killed. Could her new life be better than the life that she had before? Does she have to live this way forever? 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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