Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 15th 2014)
edition language English
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"Smart and relentless… Hurwitz starts the pressure early and never, never lets up." —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on You’re Next
In Don't Look Back, Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of—a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton. Later that night, in a rarely used tourist cabin, she finds a discarded prescription bottle—also with the name Teresa Hamilton. From the camera’s memory card, Eve discovers Teresa Hamilton took a photo of that same menacing looking man in the woods. Teresa Hamilton has since disappeared.
Now the man in the woods is after whoever was snooping around his house. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. A major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world. Now the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator with a secret to protect. With her only resource her determination to live, Eve must fight a dangerous foe and survive against incredible odds—if she's to make it back home alive.
This story lulls the reader into a false sense of serenity by starting out fairly tamely with the recounting of the beauty that Eve and her fellow tour group travelers are exposed to within the wilds of the Mexican jungle. The hidden dangers amongst the deceptive beauty are soon pointed out however and play a huge role in foreshadowing what is to come.
It takes about a third of the way through before the sense of urgency and suspense that we experience right along with Eve and the other characters grabs hold and never lets go!
From the moment Eve manages to find the digital camera belonging to Teresa Hamilton things start to heat up, ultimately her once-in-a-lifetime trip becomes a struggle to survive and make it home once again to her seven year old son Nicolas. With that looming in her mind as motivation you will be amazed at what this unassuming woman is capable of when given no other choice but to fight for her very life, she won my admiration hands down with the way in which she evolved over the course of the story from fairly meek to a total force to be reckoned with as she used her wits over the brawn of her deadly adversary.
For a story that starts out slowly this one evolves into a nightmare of terror fueled proportions that will have you scared to death but so hooked that you have to keep reading to find out how it ends. Great twists that make you think hard about what it would take to survive in Eve's situation.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]