Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry @DeadGoodBooks @VintageBooks #dontturnaround #publicationday

Welcome to the final day of the blog tour for Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry! You’ve hopefully been following the other bloggers on the tour as they have shared excepts giving you a taste of this brilliant thriller and now on the final day-IT’S PUBLICATION DAY! So make sure you check all the bloggers on the tour for their reviews. And after reading my review you will all hopefully want to read Don’t Turn Around so keep reading for your chance to win yourself a copy!


Cait’s job is to transport women to safety. Out of respect, she never asks any questions. Like most of the women, Rebecca is trying to escape something. 

But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them both in danger? There’s a reason Cait chooses to keep on the road, helping strangers. She has a past of her own, and knows what it’s like to be followed.

And there is someone right behind them, watching their every move…

Don’t Turn Around is a brilliant thriller with two very strong female lead characters, both of whom I felt strongly connected to but for very different reasons. I went into this book expecting a modern day Thelma and Louise road trip but what I got was so much more…

Cait works behind a bar but in her spare time she drives for a secret organisation that arranges for women to be driven away from their homes to a place of safety. Picking up Rebecca one night to drive her several hundred miles away to Albuquerque, she has no idea how the night will play out because both women have secrets to keep and someone out there is determined that they won’t reach their destination…

I had no idea when I picked this book up how strongly it would affect me or how gripped I would become by this road trip with a difference. Both women met as closed books, to each other and to us as the reader, only knowing the basics about why they were about to spend hours together driving at night along deserted highways. Cait has her reasons for what she does as we visit her in flashbacks and start to understand her motivation and determination to support her beliefs. Rebecca also flashes back to her relationship and we slowly come to see why she has made the decisions that she has. But in the middle of all of this is those two women stuck together in a small space but with someone on their tail who is equally determined that they won’t reach their destination.

I felt every single emotion that emanated from these two women as Jessica Barry gradually unraveled their pasts to bring them together on the night we first meet them. And as they join together to defeat their unknown pursuer or pursuers, we watch their survival instincts kick in. Cait and Rebecca have more in common than they realise and their frustration and determination comes across in waves once the secrets they are keeping start revealing themselves.

There were some unexpected themes covered here that worked brilliantly alongside the storyline but that I don’t really want to talk about in any detail for fear of spoiling this book for you. I want everyone to come to it knowing as little as possible because there are some brilliant twists and turns throughout Don’t Turn Around that came as such a shock to me and made this such a standout read. So buckle up as you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you accompany Cait and Rebecca on their adrenaline fuelled journey of discovery and relish every mile they got closer to their destination as it might not be the one you’re expecting.

A brilliant book from start to finish and one I’ll remember for quite some time to come.

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London for the past fifteen years. Look for Me, previously published as Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than twenty-two territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.

And for your chance to win one of 5 copies of Don’t Turn Around go to my Twitter @jocatrobertson and RT the pinned tweet there and I will enter you into a draw to win. UK only sorry and open till midnight on 15/04/21. Good luck!

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.