Sunday, 17 August 2014

Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz - fast-paced action/survival story

Don't Look Back
by Gregg Hurwitz

The blurb:

"After the breakup of her marriage, Evie takes the holiday of a lifetime. A few weeks of hiking, rafting and jungle adventure at an eco-lodge in Mexico sound ideal. But what should have been the perfect pick-me-up soon turns into a nightmare.

Nothing is quite what it seems. There are secrets hidden that can't be allowed to leave their jungle hiding place. And which their keeper will kill to protect.

If she is ever to see her son again, Evie will be forced to find reserves of strength, courage and ingenuity she never dreamt existed. Or die trying.

With great pace and pitch-perfect characterisation, Gregg Hurwitz rachets up the tension in Don't Look Back, his exceptional new thriller. Fans of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick will be hooked from the word go."


I would like to thank and the publishers, Penguin Books (UK) for sending me a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

Once a brief history is provided about why Eve is alone on a “trip of a lifetime”, it gets down to it in a big way with non-stop action and tension throughout. The scene is set so well, I was transported into the jungles of Mexico; the beauty and the dangers within described to great effect.

The mix of characters was excellent with the main heroine (Eve) one tough cookie - she didn’t start off that way but with the determination to see her son again, she quickly had to become Amazonian-like and someone I would want on my side. When she (and you) thought she couldn’t do or go anymore, she dug deep and kept on.

The villain (Bashir) is everything you would want in a bad guy - ruthless, heartless, cruel, excellent at what he does and right at home in the jungle.

Don't Look Back, is an edge-of-the-seat, fast-paced action/survival story that will keep you on your toes until the very end.

This is the first time reading a Gregg Hurwitz book, but I will definitely be reading more.

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