Never Look Back, Paperback Book
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Never Look Back is a chilling and compelling debut crime thriller from Clare Donoghue set in South East London.

For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson.Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver . . .Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house.

Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her.

A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it's the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level.DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad.

With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil too.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781447239284

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Brilliant Debut ThrillerNever Look Back is the debut thriller novel by Clare Donoghue and what a brilliant debut as this is a book that ticks all the boxes and makes you want to know whodunit. Donoghue keeps you on your toes all the way to the end, there is no telegraphing who the prime suspect should be this is a thoroughly excellent novel.Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer is head of the Murder and Serious Crime Squad in South East London and he has his hands full with two murders by the same perpetrator when a body is found at the side of a Tesco’s Metro that reminds him of his own daughter Megan. The perpetrator seems to be speeding up when another body appears within a shorter time frame and now it becomes a race between time to find the man and get him off the streets of London.While the murder investigation is ongoing Sarah Grainger attends Lewisham Police Station to make a complaint that she is being stalked, getting stranger phone calls through the night and she feels like she is always being watched. Detective Sergeant Jane Bennett takes the complaint and gets Lockyer involved as the stalker could very well be their target the perpetrator of the murders.Things start to spiral out of control for Lockyer when he gets involved with Sarah Grainger while her stalker case is still ongoing and his autistic brother has to be investigated when one of the victim’s ear rings appears in his brother’s room at an assisted living home. He is under pressure for results he needs to finder the murderer as he seems to be toying with the police trying to show that he is far superior to them. Time is running out will he be able to track down the killer in enough time to protect those closest to him. You do not find that answer to that question until the end of the book when he reveals who really is the killer but will he still be able to save his nearest and dearest. The only way to find out is to read the book and take the twist, the turns and psychological warfare on Lockyer, and you will not regret it.This is a brilliant, exciting and pulsating debut novel by Clare Donoghue and I really cannot wait for her next thriller if this is anything to go by then it will be brilliant.

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