Book Review: Don’t Look Back by Jo Spain

For one week, everything in Luke Miller’s life is perfect. Surprised with a belated honeymoon by his wife, Rose, he’s had seven days with her in a Caribbean paradise. It’s more than he ever thought he’d deserve.

But as they pack their bags, Rose breaks down, confessing that on the day they left London, a violent man from her past tracked her down and broke into their home. He wasn’t expecting her to fight back. And, in her terror, Rose killed him. Now there’s a dead body in Luke’s apartment, and only one person he can think to turn to.

Mickey Sheils never expected to hear from Luke again, not after he disappeared the first time. Luke knows Mickey can’t deny a woman who needs help, so she promises she’ll deal with things – she’ll make sure Rose doesn’t have to keep running.


Why haven’t I smashed through the entire Jo Spain catalogue yet? This book was so good and her others are just wasting away on my Kindle. Don’t Look Back had everything I look for: an original plot, great characters, and twists I never saw coming. Even though I’ve been exhausted lately, I had to take every opportunity to pick up this book and I finished it in no time at all.

What I loved about this book was that it was so effortless to read. Looking back, I can see where the author inserted little hints of what was to come. She also did a great job of ensuring the plot didn’t become too complex and unrealistic to the reader. Yet, I didn’t figure anything out. I love when the wool is pulled over my eyes.

However, this book isn’t just about shock factor. There is a lot of emotion, also. Rose’s fear is so evident and will send chills down your spine. At the same time, the love between Rose and Luke added a softer layer to the story. I also loved Mickey’s passion for her work and desire to help people. The presence of these emotions added another layer to this book.

Besides the emotion of the characters, I felt a lot of tension reading Don’t Look Back. I had no idea where each chapter was going to take me or what the outcome for each character would be. This, of course, kept me turning the pages.

Another 5-star offering from Jo Spain. You can pick up your copy here.


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